San Francisco

The Travelettes Itinerary for Central California

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“I’m going to start in L.A., travel up the coast and then see where the road will take me,” my boyfriend explained to me through the microphone of his laptop. “I’ll be home in two or three weeks, babe”. Maybe there was something wrong with the Skype connection, because that blurry dude on my computer screen could not just have told me that he was going to tr[...]

The 5 Best Coffee Shops in San Francisco

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Before every trip I take, the first thing I do is sit down at my computer and try to find the best coffee shops at my next destination. I scour the web, looking through countless blogs and pins on Pinterest to make a list of cafés in each neighborhood that I plan to visit. Now, on every trip I take when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of [...]

5 Things To Do in San Francisco

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San Francisco is many different things to many different people. And some of those people have been there for a long time, baking bread since the late 19th century, opening clubs in Depression era 1930's, erm, fighting battles and such. As I had a whirlwind 48 hours to spend in San Francisco, I knew I would only be scratching the surface of what the city has[...]

Dear San Francisco

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When I moved to San Francisco from Germany several years ago, I was fulfilling a fantasy that had grown out of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Maybe it was because my aunt had given me the first book in the series to read when I was at the impressionable age of 18, but the idea of a young woman having adventures in a foreign city lodged itself deep in [...]

SantaCon is coming to town! (fa la la la la la la la la)

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Ready yourselves for Christmas folly, fa la la la la, la la la la! 'Tis the season to get drunk and jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la! Don we now our Santa apparel, fa la la la la, la la la la! Drinking ale by the barrel, fa la la la la, la la la la! See the blurry street before us, fa la la la la, la la la la! Ring your bells and join the chorus, fa[...]

Shoes for Boobs

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When my friend Corinne asked me to ride my bike through downtown San Francisco naked in exchange for two pairs of shoes and to promote breast cancer awareness, I said “Free shoes, I'm in!” But this morning when it came down to it, I started to get a bit cagey. I was hungover, my bed was comfortable, and the thought of riding around the city practicall[...]

A Taste of Germany in San Francisco

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Knowing how obsessed I am with German cuisine, my friend invited me to come out to a place in a swanky part of San Francisco this weekend. Suppenküche is not your typical sausage-serving lederhosen-sporting German style American restaurant. It  combines some of the traditional elements such as shared tables, dark bread, and 2 liter glasses of beer with the r[...]