Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My 1st USA trip: Harlo,San Francisco!!! part 2

San Francisco
One of the obvious differences between the cities I have been to e.g Australian cities
is the way the residential units are designed
Much like what I saw in the TV dramas like "Friends" sitcom, 
They are colourful with its own unique character 
consist of stairways outside each apartments

Monday, November 19, 2012

My 1st USA trip: Harlo,San Francisco!!! part 1

Hello San Francisco!!!
One of the most talk about and famous city in the USA.
Today, San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, ranking 35th out of the 100 most visited cities worldwide.
Landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz Island and its former prison, and its Chinatown.

With a tight flight schedule, I got to San Francisco late at night,
caught the Muni train to the city.
The San Francisco Municipal Railway, known as Muni, is the primary public transit system of San Francisco.

I must admit walking in a city that is totally stranger to u at night is kinda scary
especially when I picked the shortcuts to cut through the city via side roads and back alleys. 
Didn't realized the downtown can be a totally different scene at night 
with all the poor, drunks and homeless seeking shelter at walkways, in front of the shop entrance, etc.
I don't know what got into me to persist through, luckily I got to my backpacker hostel safely, haha.
Oh well, there's always a first time.

With my limited time, 
I visited the fisherman's wharf right after I settled in
The wharf was surprisingly quiet and many shops have shut
But I can sense that this place can be the opposite at daylight and evening.

Walked pass this restaurant and heard JAZZ!!! 
I really wanted to go in and watch the live jazz which is what the blacks are famous for!!! 
But price-wise and time-wise (it's closing).....hmmm 

My 1st USA trip: Stanford University

I'm here @
Stanford University!!!

One of the most prestigious university in the world.
Ranked World no. 2 among all the universities!!!
Founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16, Stanford is said to be, after Harvard, the US' most selective university, accepting around 7 per cent of applicants. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google. The world's third-richest university, it teaches about 7,000 undergraduate and around 4,000 graduate students.

One thing I like bout the uni is it's close proximity between buildings

Some species of redwood trees