I came back to work on Monday ready to say my ritualistic and sometimes robotic “Good Morning” to Sacki, but to my surprise, there was no one behind the desk. The next morning, again, there’s no one typing away with a faint glare of a computer screen glow on his glasses. I thought, “Oh God, the zombies got to him!”
Thankfully, he came back mid-week, which was a good thing because I was one day from calling the police. Sacki was in San Francisco, so I took the opportunity to interrogate interview Sacki’s whereabouts over his long weekend.
His first trip to the West Coast, Sacki decided to visit the lovely city of San Francisco. His first impression of the city was that it was so diverse. Atlanta, although a big city, is usually not thought of as a touristy area, so to Sacki’s surprise, he stumbled upon a number of San-Fran visitors, like himself, who were ready and equipped with a camera and mapin hand.
The mega Chinatown! Sack said he’s never seen a Chinatown this massive; it was like a city within a city.
He saw all of the typical must-see sights like Fisherman’s Wharf, the Painted Ladies (we all know that Mary Kate was the better Michelle Tanner), and Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world) just to name a few.He loved the different neighborhoods and different sights, but to really experience a new city is a different task on its own. To do that, Sacki had one answer…
“Of any trip, my favorite part is eating!” said Sacki, and he loves looking for those hole-in-the-wall restaurants for a real taste of the city and its culture. Food is different everywhere you go, even the slight differences around the U.S., like from Southern fried chicken to New York pizza, makes it worth driving all over the country finding your new favorite dishes. With all of the great restaurants around the city, he was afraid he wouldn’t be able to find some good eats at a very good price, but just around the corner of his hotel, he found a Chinese restaurant that served excellent chow fun noodles. Unfortunately, he can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but if you find a Chinese restaurant that serves FABULOUS chow fun noodles with enormous shrimp, you know Sacki’s been there.
Not the biggest baseball fan, but Sacki knew he couldn’t miss AT&T Park. He took a fantastic tour here as well.
“What people don’t tell you is that San Francisco is very cold,” said Sacki. Although he thought the city was absolutely beautiful, he wasn’t prepared for the chilly weather and actually got a cold at the Golden Gate Bridge! Remember, we’re from the Southeast and the coolest it gets around September/October is 65 (and that’s if you’re up before the sun). We like to enjoy our 70 degree weather well into the beginning of November.
Although Sacki got a little sick from his visit to the Golden Gate, it was his favorite destination in the whole trip. The iconic view of bridge was different for him because of the cooler weather. Fog and mist gathered around the bridge but that didn’t stop Sacki from enjoying the spectacular view.
“I spent half my afternoon walking back and forth,” said Sacki. Maybe it was the mist, maybe it was the weather, but Sacki found the bridge to be a very calm and cool place to hang out. Amidst the many different district, sightseeing tours, and restaurants, Sacki found himself a little peace in the city…and a cold.
He snapped this picture of the Golden Gate Bridge while he was at the bus stop.
He will definitely be going back to San Francisco probably with a heavier coat and a little more experience around the Golden Gate City. One thing he will not forget to do is to try one of the clam chowder stands at the Fisherman’s Wharf.Sacki was surprised that there were so many scattered around the area, but he didn’t get the chance to grab a bowl. He said that they were only $5 a bread bowl… a BREAD BOWL, people, so I will surely be right behind him in line for a bowl.
“I like trying different things and different foods,” said Sacki. I confessed to him that new restaurants scare me because I never know what to do, but he says that those experiences is part of life and it’s always becomes a memorable experience and a great story.
“That’s part of traveling – just living. You’ll have your good ones and bad ones, said Sacki, “the bad ones you’ll live to tell about it later and laugh about it later… but this trip was certainly one of the good ones. ”
If you’re heading to the city, check out our San Francisco tours. (Tweet at me and I’ll tell you my favorites!)
One thing that Sacki recommends are those awesome hop on and hop off buses. He said San Francisco is a walking city, but the popular venues are spaced apart, so it would be helpful to use those buses to get to all of your destinations fast and cheap!
San Fran is also Ryan’s stomping ground, so if you live in the city or if you are visiting soon, check out our Foursquare. There’s a ton of tips for this city and cities all over the U.S.
(All photos taken by Sacki)