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North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 19th 2014

A is for Autobahn, a truly exciting and frightful experience the first time on the German superhighways. A could also be for Amsterdam, the wildest city in the world, where anything and anybody can be bought and sold. Of course, Amazonia could outshine anyplace on earth for its riches of forest, animals, plant life, and pure adventure. Don't forget the lovely and peaceful Algarve, on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, a wonderland of golf, good food, wine, and nice people. I almost forgot the magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat, perhaps my favorite place in the entire world. B is for Bangkok, almost on a par with Amsterdam... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission August 17th 2014

Official La Cocina: La Cocina is a ground-breaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent low-income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing affordable, shared, commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, and access to market opportunities and access to capita, La Cocina works with entrepreneurs as they launch, grow, and formalize successful food businesses. We focus primarily on women from culturally diverse communities and immigrant communities. Our vision is that our program participants will become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do. I first attended La Cocina a few years ago (2011). It is just an easy trip on BART, get off in the Mission, and scope out the many choices fo... read more
Go to a shorter line!!!!
Great success, but this is the last one!
I hope the incubator creates many successful businesses

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 14th 2014

The next day we check out of our cabin after a surprisingly good night's sleep and a bracing walk on the beach. We head back cross country to the I -101 through Petaluma (home to the filming in 1973 of American Graffiti, an early George Lucas film that gave Harrison Ford his first break) and head south to Berkeley. We are going to for Sara's birthday lunch to Chez Panisse, where all the cool people dine in Berkeley. This is preceded by a stop at Safeway to buy more beer, just in case we get thirsty that afternoon. Very nice lunch waited on my effortlessly cool staff, all very Berkeley, we fit in effortlessly – yeah, right. Time to go into San Francisco, over the Oakland Bay bridge. We hit a mega queue for the toll ... read more
Our street
Approaching Alcatraz
9x5 cells

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 12th 2014

Right now, we're just killing time until our plane leaves at 10:30 p.m. tonight. We're meeting a friend of Bob's and Burlingame for lunch. Burlingame is a cute, small town near San Fran airport. It has the feel of an upscale mall with the outside feeling of Delray Beach. The drunk that approaches us, reminds us that we could be anywhere. Justin starts speaking in a made up Russian language. Realizing Justin doesn't speak English, he moves on to Henry. We all walk away.... read more
What, no picnic?
We take train to San Francisco
I smell chocolate

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 10th 2014

We finally arrive in San Fran. We're going to meet with my cousin and Bob's cousin.... read more
First stop China town
Ingonginga jin chon chow...
Oh, there's that building

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 10th 2014

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Today we head back into San Francisco to visit Chinatown. It was an interesting walk and you probably could find about anything you might want for sale in the many shops. We did not find anything that we needed but we enjoyed window shopping. After Chinatown we walked several blocks to the Cable Car Museum and tried to figure how they keep all of the cables that run up to 26 cars on multiple routes from getting tangled like a backlashed fishing reel. Lunch was across the street at the Gallery Cafe. Nice, quaint little sandwich shop that was really pretty good. Next we walked down several very steep hills to the parking garage and headed over to drive the famous Lombard Street. OK we can say we drove down a steep hill. Headed back to ... read more
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Although this blog is for my time in Milan, the trip really began for me when I had to say goodbye to friends and family in the states. After my last day of work, August 8th, I flew to San Francisco to reunite with my best buds from high school, Ian and Jim (first picture). We always have a crazy time together, and this was no exception. Right at the end of the trip, as Jim was driving me to the airport and Ian began his drive back to Davis, we realized we were right behind Ian. At a red light Ian jumped out of his truck and threw a soccer ball into the car and said "You're taking this to Italy," (second picture) I decided to name the ball Prosper (for those who don't know, ... read more
Prosper!


San Francisco - City of rainbow flags and steep hills A blog entry on San Francisco just has to include one of Ake's favourite jokes: "How many straight men from San Francisco does it take to change a light bulb?" "Both!". The joke perhaps is not politically correct, but it is pretty funny the first time you hear it. As you understand even before we came to San Francisco we knew we were about to visit a very LGBT friendly city. In the Castro District, San Francisco's gayborhood, every other house was displaying a rainbow flag. Just being in San Francisco we felt that it is a nice and friendly city. Probably the "LGBT friendliness" and the "nice and friendly" are very much connected to each other. If you are OK with people being lesbians, gays, ... read more
Golden Gate park
Steep Hill
Lombard Street


Day 5 Thurs Aug 24th After an Al Fresco breakfast we drove through the forest and over the 6,000 ft pass and then gradually down past tunnel view into Yosemite proper. It take about an hour to get there. Its unmistakable. Initially we were looking across an extensive valley wondering then we got the glimpse of half dome and we knew then what was ahead. The area is just massive. There are lots of laybys and places to park and just hike a trail. You would need a fortnight to get to grips with it. Once down on the valley floor, El Capitan loomed above us and we could see the Yosemite Falls towering above with water plumetting down the 2,425ft in three tiers. Its the highest waterfall in North America but by late July its ... read more
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