Thursday, 31 May 2012

San Francisco & Sleeping with Royalty in Oslo

Tokyo by way of California

It turned out that the cheapest way from Calgary to Tokyo, by far, was to fly out of Los Angeles: instead of $800 flying through somewhere more direct, like Vancouver, Malaysia Airlines had flights from L.A. for $450. I decided to fly down to San Francisco, spend a few days there visiting a friend, and then spend a few days in L.A. before flying to Tokyo.

San Francisco

From when I was a kid, I've always been enamored of San Francisco: its reputation and history as hippie central, the epicenter of '60s counter culture, a bastion of American liberalism, the home of some of the most vibrant Asian communities in the West, great weather and tremendous natural and geographic beauty.

I didn't see much of San Francisco on this trip, as I was staying with a friend, Nicole, down in Silicon Valley.

Big red breathing lotus
The Big Red Breathing Lotus Flower in front of City Hall.

St. Mary's Cathedral
Saint Mary's Cathedral, near Japantown.