You’ll let nobody wait outside your door…
Judy Garland, anyone?
I had the pleasure of going to San Francisco this past weekend to visit friends. It is such an incredible city! I would live there in a heartbeat if I had megabucks and felt comfortable ditching my car permanently.
We booked a hotel at the last-minute, so we had our choice between a haunted Victorian mansion or a futuristic hotel in Japantown.
Guess which one won out? I am ALWAYS up for haunted mansions, but I don’t think I will ever convince Jonathan to ghost hunt with me. Although, that Japanese mural haunts me in my dreams.
We saw the “painted lady” houses, made famous by Full House (secretly, I never liked that show).
When people ask what I did on vacation, I’m usually compelled to say something like, “Oh, we went to this famous landmark, visited this famous museum, saw this famous district, etc.” But most of my vacations are spent walking around the city and getting to know the local culture.
Acting as the “passive traveler” has changed my life. Instead of taking cities by storm, I let the culture, the people, and the sights seep into me. It’s hard to leave a new place without learning or feeling something new.
It’s how I like to travel, but it certainly doesn’t make for very interesting stories. So, the Full House houses are all you’re getting. 😉
The best thing about San Francisco is that the views are breathtaking from almost everywhere in the city.
Oh, they aren’t beautiful where you’re standing? Walk up 1 block.
Where have you vacationed recently? How do you like to travel?