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For the Fourth of July my friend John I went to my favorite city on this entire planet also known as San Francisco!!! Even though I’ve never actually lived in the Bay Area, I got to play tour guide since John hadn’t been up there since he was a kid. To be perfectly honest, he was more my driver that weekend than a sightseer, and I am forever indebted to him for that—especially while I was sleeping during the drives to and from SF.

We stayed in The Mission, went to my favorite places like Hayes Valley and SoMa, made a special stop in Chinatown (dim sum, duh), hopped over to Berkeley, and even did some more touristy little things like going to Golden Gate Park, Ghiradelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf to kill some time.

I have to say though, as much as I love the city, the most fun was visiting my friend Alex in Menlo Park. You might remember him from when I went to Washington D.C. with him last year for the Fourth of July, and if it’s in our power we’ll probably make our Fourth of July celebrations together an annual thing at this rate. He’s interning at Facebook for the summer, so I took advantage of our friendship and made him give me a tour of their new (and super-cool) campus one day. It consisted of taking free food, playing around in the music room, chalkboard wall drawings, and making latte art—I am well on my way to fulfilling my lifelong dream of working at a hipster coffee shop. There are also really cool art installations all around the campus, which I’m a big fan of and was soaking in all the colors and inspiration.

I love San Francisco—or rather, the Bay Area, there’s so much happening. All this creativity bursting at the seams; innovation, design, tech, energy, you name it. John just says it’s hipster, but whatever. It’s fun, it’s weird, it’s SF.

– dale

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