I went to San Francisco for a week. During the weekdays, I had quite a bit of work, so I spent most of the time in my hotel room. In fact, the hotel room never got cleaned, because I was always there when the cleaner swung by. When the weekend came, I caught a fever. All in all, I didn’t get to do as much sightseeing as I had hoped, but I was happy to get the chance to catch up with friends.
I walked around the Mission District. Large, vibrant murals plastered the facades of old buildings and street corners. We passed lots of ethnic grocery stores with cheap produce. A man sat outside a barber shop, and sang a song in Spanish with microphone and amp. The neighborhood had so much character. As we made our way towards Dolores Park, the townhouses became more uniform, clean, quiet— the area had clearly been gentrified.
Dolores Park was packed with loungers, sports ballers, picnickers. There were people smoking weed and drinking beer in plain sight. The park had a chill vibe and an incredible view of the downtown skyline.
We went to the Exploratorium. The majority of exhibits were interactive. Parents read the information placards to learn about the science behind the exhibits, while children frantically ran around pushing levers and turning knobs. There were a lot of art pieces. These art pieces were created by the museum’s artist in residence. I was surprised that such a job exists, and I thought it was brilliant for the museum to have artists showcase scientific concepts in creative, interdisciplinary ways.
The temporary exhibit was Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, or “beach animals”. They are sculptures made mostly of PVC, typically wind-powered, and move like lumbering animals.