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I took a business trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago and I have to say it was one of my favorite cities ever. I have been to San Diego before and no offense to San Diegans (is that a word?) but it just didn't really stand apart from many other big cities that I have seen. That isn't a bad thing necessarily, just that there was nothing unique about it. Until this trip, San Diego was my limited experience of California. This trip has made me want to travel to Kali again.
The big difference was that San Francisco just had so much...character. It was just a city with such great history and personality. I would even say more than NYC! It had a great chinatown, but also a j-town (Japan town), and many other cultures represented as well. This place, more than any that I have seen in the United States, best represents our "melting pot" and acceptance of many different cultures. All cultures have their own identity and place where they can really express themselves but at the same time, people were mixed and living together in unison. No one was restricted or forced into a particular area. No one was looked down upon. No one was treated differently. This is what America is all about.
Here are a few pictures that I took, but I definitely want to go back and do a few more touristy things.