And now…. the moment you’ve all been waiting for… *drum roll* part 2 of my San Francisco photo diary!
Your tour guide is back in action, so buckle your seat belts and get ready for the ride. Don’t worry, I’m a great driver. (Just with a bit of road rage, but only in LA traffic.)
Day 3 was New Year’s day. So I’m sure you can imagine, with a long night before, this day got a late start. I would tell you all about my NYE experience, but that itself merits it’s own post.
Getting around the city, I uber’d for the most part, but the local public transportation is definitely essential for an authentic experience. In my opinion, at least. I got aboard the Muni (street-car like transit that goes underground) to the furthest stop I could go and ended up in the financial district, as seen below.
From here I made it my mission to find Blue Bottle coffee, since it was so highly recommended by some friends back home. When I found it, it was closed. (Sigh.) But I did find this super rad art that doubled as a sweet backdrop.
(Pastel, color-block hoodie: American Apparel — Denim/Tank: Topman)
Leaving this area, I passed the Painted Ladies and drove up and down the crazy city slopes. Seriously the most beautiful city. And ultimately found myself in the Castro district.
This area was so colorful, it was legit a real-life rainbow road from Mario-kart. And what do you do when you’re on rainbow road? You take this chance to give the gag-gift your mom got you the photo opp it deserves. All jokes aside, these are actually way tasty and highly addicting.
And since I wasn’t able to get Blue Bottle, the coffee gods led me to Philz. This is where things get emotional. I got their famous mint mojito iced coffee (thanks to Yerin aka @Yerenaa on Instagram for the recommendation) and I had a spiritual experience with it. As a lover and connoisseur of all things iced coffee, you can take my word for it. SO. GOOD. In fact, I am legitimately heartbroken that the nearest one to me is 103 miles away. And yes, I just actually google map’d that. *Tear drips down my face*
Hate to say it, but this is actually where the post ends.
I spent my last day in Alameda, grabbing lunch and walking around with great company, did some shopping, and headed home!
My last couple days there, I was super short on time and hungry for new experiences. So my focus was more on being present and in the moment, rather than capturing everything on camera. My apologies for that, but I do encourage doing the same when you find yourself with the opportunity to discover a new place.
Nonetheless, I hope you all enjoyed seeing this trip through my eyes. I cannot wait until I find myself in this area again. So much unknown terrain still left to explore. And who knows…. maybe next time, I’ll see some of you there?
Gossip Girl. I mean, Cody.