this is us at the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury. we stayed pretty close to here, which is also really close (we were across the street) from Golden Gate Park. We didn't get to spend much time in the park, regrettably. the haight and ashbury area (along with hippy hill at GG park) was interesting. there are a lot of homeless people living there and they are not like the homeless people i'm used to in sl that just quietly ask for money. they are loud, and very confrontational. i didn't like that aspect at all. if you didn't give them money or buy whatever junk they had they would often mumble reallly, super mean things about you as you passed them by. just ask jason.
all in all it was a fun trip. i would like to go back and having been i think i would structure the trip a little differently. i wouldn't stay in the haight ashbury district just to avoid all the uncomfortableness associated with the homeless and creepers. i would spend a little more time in china town, go to coit towers, and eat at house of nanking at least twice. also, not travel on the bus too late at night, or maybe it was just the area.
one night (house of nanking night, actually) we took the bus home pretty late and during our ride home a small gang got on the bus. i of course being the naive 21 year old that i am just thought they were a bunch of drunk teenagers. After they got off the bus jason told me that at least two of them had guns with them and that they tagged the bus as soon as they got off. a couple of police officers got on the bus after them and so that's when i was like uh what's going on and jason proceeded to tell me about the gang. it's very interesting, i've noticed that when i'm in an uncomfortable situation i just sort of ignore everything around me, cause you know, if i can't see it or if i don't really acknowledge it's presence then they aren't there or whatever. maybe i should start to take notice of my surroundings more often.