Why We Travel…Part II
San Francisco overwhelms with sheer torrents of beautiful, healthy, active people of all ages, each plugged into their electronic gizmo of choice. With the plethora of transportation options (cable car, train, subway, bike) open to them, and with the concentration of space that urban settings provide, it seems ironic at first that these people are so much more active than our suburban counterparts. Not New York brash, but still focused and quick, they walk, and just look so darned interesting. Every street corner bum has a face brimming with character, and could easily fit into a Silicon Valley startup boardroom with a modicum of spit and polish.
So we love not only going to the Fancy Food Show (see left) but melting into the San Francisco flow for a day or two, feeling the lines lift off our faces in the California sun. What did we love?
- Our hotel, the Harbor Court, close to downtown and $99/night at Priceline
- Watching the sun set at McCormick and Kuletos in Ghiradelli Square
- Dinner at A16, the new “it” Italian Restaurant for all the right reasons: “Meatball Mondays“, Pizza with a crust that stays crisp but holds all the flavor, Il Falcone wine from Puglia (and a price tag that made up for what we saved at the hotel)
- Our meal at Cousin Meg and new in-law Eric’s home: Priceless
So why do we travel? Sort of like camping, where you organize possessions tightly, and scale down what you need, travel allows you to take your eye off everyday concerns and focus on other ones, to learn. The part of our mind that needs to deal with logistics finds simple puzzles in travel; following a map, scheduling a restaurant, meeting a friend. For a while we forget our usual focus on problems with trickier solutions: finances, family matters, long term dreams and plans. Returning from a vacation can be like waking from a dream, with an epiphany: problem pieces rearranged, a fresh perspective.