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Experiencing San Francisco

At the beginning of this month I traveled to San Francisco and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful city. Since it was my first time in this city, I searched for popular attractions I should visit. While searching for things to do in this new city, most of the sites suggested visiting the major shopping districts. I ended up listening to the site recommendations and visited Union Square. Once arriving, I was utterly disappointed. The shopping district was impressive, but I realized that I do not want to spend my trip shopping at brand name stores that are available in my hometown. I actually became a little bit discouraged by the fact that the shopping district was recommended as a popular attraction, especially since San Francisco is a gorgeous city, with much more to offer. The trip made me realize how much we as consumers are influenced by these branded stores. Honestly, this was a strange realization because I know if I had visited San Francisco this time last year, I would have loved spending every second shopping at these stores. I am not sure if this is a result of me growing up, but I am glad that shopping districts are no longer an attraction for me. On another note, while in San Francisco, I did visit some enjoyable places. Here are some snapshots from the trip.

San Francisco Street Taken near Union Square: I was amazed by how steep the streets were. I am used to flat land so this was definitely a shocker to me. I was definitely not in the right shape to endure these streets, but somehow I managed. Kudos to locals, because I would not be able to walk these intense slopes on an everyday basis. 

Walt Disney Museum Bay Area
miniature replica of disneyland Taken at the Walt Disney Family Museum: This museum had a huge collection of Walt Disney's original drawings and art work from his childhood and from his career. I was most impressed with the exhibit featuring a miniature replica of Disneyland. 

books at city lights bookstore
city lights bookstore
Taken at City Lights Bookstore:This three-story bookstore was amazing. There were so many books to choose from and the overall environment was so relaxing. Plus, they were open late at night, which is always convenient.