A PLACE THAT USED TO BE CALLED HOME

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“Moon river wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style someday
A dream maker
My heartbreaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ that way

Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a crazy world to see
We’re all chasin’ after all the same
Chasing after our rainbow’s end”

Moon River by Frank Ocean

Boston Common, Massachusetts, USA.

May 2011.

BANGED UP ABROAD

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San Francisco really wets the appetite. Unbuckle your belts prior to boarding:

Muracci’s is a hole in the wall, come and eat Japanese curry joint. They are really really good and are on the boarder of the most famous Chinatown outside of China. Only open on weekdays so put it in the calendar.

House of Nanking is always packed for good reason. Wherever a restaurant is busy anywhere, it’s a sure fire sign whats on offer is worth the wait. The food is Chinese and super delicious. Also, you guessed it, in Chinatown too.

Dosa is an incredible South Indian Restaurant and the first that I’ve seen anywhere in the world serving traditional dosa of your dreams in a modern setting. Must be because it’s in the Mission District.

Ferry Building Marketplace is a great place to grab brunch or lunch. There’s so many stellar options to choose from. After you’re well digested, get on a hire bike and make your way along the water to the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond to Saualito. You can either ride back on jump on a ferry. Either way you’re going to see the bridge in all it’s glory and get that photo you’ve always wanted.

Alcatraz tripping is actually a really fun touristy thing to do. Firstly you get to go out on a ferry in San Francisco’s famous harbour and secondly, you get to see all the ugly (prison) and beautiful (ruins) the island has on offer. Grab a pair of headphones whilst your there so you can walk around the prison cells and hear past inmates stories.

Kabuki Springs & Spa in Japantown was the first onsen I ever went to so it holds a special spot. It’s traditional, elegant, so relaxing and very clean. Highly recommended if you like to get naked and sauna/spa/steam/plunge yourself in icy cold water with random people from the public.

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA

July 2011.