San Francisco: Day 1

I've wanted to visit San Fran for a long, long time. A couple of weeks ago I learned I had lucked out and got to go to San Francisco for the annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco. Needless to say I was very stoked. Both for the opportunity to go for one of the best technical conferences in the country, but also just to explore the city.

My flight last night was delayed 2 hours, left at 8pm EST and arrived at my hotel at 12:30 Pacific time. Ouch. But, the hotel has one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. It's almost as comfortable as my new couch, purchased for $150 on Craigslist. Unfortunately, I can't say the hotel stay is that cheap ...

I spent the day wandering around on foot with my camera by my side in my manpurse. I mean, ahem, camera bag. I don't feel like describing things in detail so here are some random thoughts:

  • Union Square. Had breakfast here. Very nice but obviously the tourist Mecca of the city.
  • Chinatown. I'd like to go back with someone who knows the area better. Especially for some good food. I got to see some sort of dance performance and ribbon cutting ceremony for ... something. Not sure what. Most bizarre moment of the day was when this ceremony was interrupted by a funeral procession with a brass band.
  • Yerba Buena Gardens. Beautiful, relaxing, and right next to the Moscone Center where JavaOne will be. Looking forward to going back.
  • San Fran Museum of Modern Art. Absolutely stunning. Not only the collections but the building itself. MUST go back.

It appears as though the nerds haven't arrived en masse here yet, but I'm sure they will be filtering in tonight and tomorrow during the day. After a drink on the 36th floor of the hotel (amazing view) I think it's time for bed.

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Posted by Matt 5/04/2008 09:02:00 PM


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