19.08.2010 - 19.08.2010 15 °C
I got on my way north to San Francisco at about 9:00am as the car had to be at San Francisco aiport at 11:00am. The drive was straightforwards and missable in comparison to last night's stunning route. The car dropped off I caught the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) into San Francisco.
I got to my hostel, burdened by my new bag to accommodate my shopping, before lunch. I was too early to check-in, so dropped my bags off and set about some early exploration. I was really in need of a haircut (I hadn't had it done since before I came out here). I didn't want to spend much money and was advised to head to Chinatown. So off I went to Chinatown and sure enough I found a place offering haircuts for $6 (that's just £3). There was immediately a language problem, but she got the idea that I needed serious work from my snipping hand gesture over my head. My biggest concern was whether she thought I had said 1 1/2 inches cut off or 1 1/2 inches long at the end. I told my self that it was all part of the experience and relaxed. Well it all turned out OK. I walked out with a smart haircut that any soldier in the Peoples' Republic's Army would be proud of. It was easily the best value for money haircut I've had. I pan to spend more time in Chinatown so didn't want to explore it today.
I went back to the hostel and checked in and spent the rest of the afternoon food shopping and more general shopping to help keep America out of a double dip recession. I can tell I'm falling for this city, which I suppose wouldn't be too hard after being in LA. It's fresh and combines New York's great diversity with an element of Boston's refined core. It's obviously an early judgment, but I don't think I'm going to prove wrong and I'm glad I'm spending quite some time here.