Highlights from San Francisco:
This way is overdue, but here are some photos I’ve taken during my time in San Francisco this past winter. I really love this city; just walking around you can tell it’s filled with so much culture and art.
San Francisco has the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia. I went to see the annual Chinese New Year parade (and to get bubble tea).
In the Mission District, there’s a huge display of graffiti artwork in Clarion Alley. It’s amazing to see so much detailed and vibrant work from these local artists.
Lastly, Battery Spencer is a great place to view the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. My sister Amy and I came to photograph it right at sunset.
..and to do some quick light painting!
Looking through all the photos of SF makes me really miss being there! I’ll definitely want to visit the city and the Bay area again.
Alcatraz Island Trip:
Back in January while I was doing my senior project in Silicon Valley, a few of my friends and I took an excursion to Alcatraz Island. This famous island was just a 15 minute ferry ride from Pier 33.
The $27 ferry ticket included access to all the attractions on the island, including a walking audio tour inside the retired prison.
It was very eerie walking down the halls of Alcatraz. The audio tour made it feel like you were there, way back when the prison was still occupied.
From the audio tour I learned the many violent outbreak attempts there were from the prison. The Gun Gallery, where many weapons were stored, was broken into and used for escape during the Battle of Alcatraz in May of 1946.
Although inside the prison was gloomy, the rest of the island was surprisingly peaceful. In fact while the prison was occupied, families used to live in houses on the island.
There is a great panoramic view of the city from the island. You could see both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Being an inmate, it must be tough knowing you were so close yet so far away from the city.
Here’s a short post of a great restaurant in downtown San Francisco. I’ve been to plenty of dim sum places before; this is my favorite of the bunch by far. For those who aren’t familiar with these types of restaurants, you order small dishes at a time from carts rolled around by servers.
This is the star of the place: Shanghai dumplings. These delicate dumplings are filled with pork and a soup broth. You place the dumpling on a soup spoon, add the red ginger sauce, drink the soup within, and then eat it! Delicious!
Along with the Shanghai dumplings, my sister and I had seasoned string beans, chicken feet, har gow (shrimp dumplings), and shrimp rice noodle rolls.
Overall, Yank Sing had excellent food and service. I can’t wait to come back again!
King of the Hill on Flickr.
The view of the Sutro Tower and surrounding neighborhoods from Corona Heights Peak.
I’m here in San Francisco vacationing for a week before I start my internship at Silicon Valley. My first full day here and I ran, walked, and hiked a total of 10 miles in the city. All was worth it, especially this view from the top of Corona Heights!