Stay Golden, California (A Trip Out West)

By Luis H. Garay

I’ve spent the past six days visiting a friend in Sacramento. It was my first time visiting Northern California and it was a blast!

I was hesitant to take a trip while job searching but I figured two things 1) it was the 4th of July holidays and most people would be on vacation and 2) I deserved a little vacation after two years of graduate school work. So out west I went.

I spent about two full days in Sacramento and two full days in San Francisco. On the whole, one of things which will stick with me is how fresh everything is in California. The food had such a distinct taste.  I learned how plentiful local and farm-grown produce was in Northern California. This made sense since I kept seeing “farm to fork” when I was researching things to do in Sacramento. Also, I don’t know why but I guess I held the stereotypical image of California (palm trees, beaches, people in roller skates, very Venice Beach) as true to all California. That was not the case from what I saw. Sure, there were palm trees and the sun was a-blazin’ but other things made Northern California unique.

Now, as a hardcore fan of “Full House” I have always wanted to visit San Francisco.  Prior to leaving Chicago, I made a list of things to do in both cities and I am happy to say I accomplished over 80% of my list for San Francisco. I feel as if I saw every part of the city (which isn’t hard in a city that is 7 miles by 7 miles, so they say) from the Mission and Castro Districts, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, and Twin Peaks. I won’t soon forget having a Mission-style burrito filled to the brim with scrumptious goodness, climbing Twin Peaks for a spectacular view of the city, or crossing the Bay Bridge coming into the city. Oh, and how could I forget the coolness which caused me to sport a spring coat and jeans in July?

I love taking trips to new cities because I have the opportunity to explore new cities and understand the culture of so many different places. Since both cities are on my job search list, I am glad I was able to visit.

Any SAFirstYears readers embarking on an exciting trip this summer? If so, where? And, if not, where would you like to go if you could? Tweet me at @LuisHGaray or comment below. As always, thanks for reading!

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