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Maese, you're finally hitting the States like you promised last year! As a city, SF doesn't really measure up to Tokyo or New York or Paris or whatever, but it's pretty great when taken in sum with its natural surroundings: probably the best thing you could do is go over to [URL=http://www.presidio.gov/explore/Pages/crissy-field.aspx#.UvkmkIU4LzM]Crissy Field[/URL] on the north shore of San Francisco, walking west while looking at the Golden Gate and realizing how COLD the place is (it is no Shounan) despite its beauty, then scaling the cliff up to Presidio park and walking along the [URL=http://www.presidio.gov/explore/trails/Pages/batteries-to-bluffs-trail.aspx#.Uvkm6oU4LzM]cliff trails[/URL] above the Pacific. If you walk down the trails far enough, you'll pass by [URL=http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/china-beach.html]China Beach[/URL], a cool little cove where early Chinese fisherman are said to have hung out, and it will eventually spit you out into the west part of the Richmond district, which is neighborhoody and full of good (Chinese, Vietnamese, and other) food. If you want a no-frills but perhaps (?) very American experience, you can also go to the other end of town, south of the delightful-but-expensive Ferry Building and stop in for lunch at [URL=http://www.redsjavahouse.com/index2.php]Red[/URL]'s for seriously good, greasy spoon burgers. Time it right, and you'll find it's an atmospheric hole-in-the-wall place for government types hashing out various plans, and I don't think that was just us. Cheap burgers on baguettes and beer on the bay is not a bad way to pass your afternoon. If you like the [URL=http://www.rf-one.com/]RF-1[/URL] food vendor by chance, the Ferry Building has an excellent lunch spot called Delica that becomes a good sushi bar at night, run by the RF-1 owner's son. He's a nice guy. Oh, and if you want some boating time on the bay but don't want to ride to touristy Alcatraz, you could always ferry over to [URL=http://www.angelisland.com/]Angel Island[/URL] [s]Zone Act 1[/s], an old weigh-station for immigrants that's covered with eucalyptus. There are trams and bikes that can take you around, though it would be even more impressive if it were spruced up with more historical exhibits. If you poke around, you can find the ruins of a breathtakingly sad old quarters where Chinese would-be-immigrants, waiting indefinitely for entry, wrote despairing poetry on the walls. OR, if you just never wanna get off that boat, you could just as well take the commuter ferry from SF to Sausalito for some good food and gaze at the diversity of cities on the ride over.
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