By Frances Gendlin
CultureShock! San Francisco presents first-hand suggestion that may fast assist you consider at domestic within the urban by means of the Bay. you'll come to grasp the city's eclectic and tenacious spirit, and you'll comprehend its overpowering attraction. The breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge suspended over the bay, the cable autos that triumph over steep hills, the sun-basking sea lions and the painted women of San Francisco—all will movement from mind's eye to truth, right here. but practicality ideas! allow this consultant express you the neighbourhoods, the eating places, and possibilities for cultural enrichment. allow it assist you during the demanding situations any newcomer encounters, from discovering a reasonable domestic to choosing a college to your childrens. And most significantly, enable it recommend you the way to slot in with that diversified collection of locals who jointly make San Francisco really precise.
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When the Central Valley swelters in the summer and the foothills are golden and dry, the hot air rises, as it must. This forces cold ocean air to whip through the natural opening of the Golden Gate to cool the eastern valleys, but bringing to the city foggy days and brisk winds that move bitingly through the streets. Sometimes the fog burns off by late morning and early afternoons can be clear and warm. Other times, however, the fog hovers and does not move for days, leaving visitors surprised that they need a jacket in mid-summer and residents amused by the tourists in their shorts and tee shirts, hunched against the wind.
The Spanish named the area Yerba Buena, after those herbal grasses on the hills. By 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza and his contingent of 200 Spanish soldiers had established the Presidio, a fort that commanded a strategic overlook of both ocean and bay, and it remained a military base until a little more than a decade ago. By 1776, too, the priest Junipero Serra had founded the sixth of the Franciscan missions that stretched up the 600-mile Alta California coast, several years later dedicating what is now known as Mission Dolores, an adobe building which still stands.
You tell your friend, and you both nod in agreement and laugh. Strolling back to the hotel, you look at the streets, into the restaurant windows, wishing there were more time. And then you hear a low blast of noise. It’s a real foghorn, clearly announcing the fog starting to come back in. But now you understand and can’t wait for that afternoon warm blue sky. And, just before you end this first day, you decide to have a drink at the top of your hotel whose lounge boasts of a spectacular view of San Francisco and the bay.