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Day 18-Santa Barbara to San Francisco-by Noah Najjar

Today, we traveled to San Francisco from Los Angeles. Even though it was my second time in L.A., I still had a great time, but I was excited to move up the coast.

After a couple hours of driving, we stopped in Santa Barbara, which looked like some of the small villages I’ve been to in Mexico. It was nice there, and there were some good shops and restaurants along State Street, where we had our free time. At first, I thought it was not going to be exciting, but I ended up liking it a lot. It also reminded me a little bit of St. Augustine, Florida, which is near where I live.

As we continued up the coast, we stopped again, this time at a beach in St. Louis Obispo, California. It was a nice spot, made even better by the many dogs that were running around there.

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During the next part of the drive, we watched a movie called Milk, which tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. It was a great and impactful movie. Sean Penn, who played Milk and won the Oscar for the role, was really fantastic as well.

When we arrived in San Francisco, we had some time to settle into our downtown hotel before setting out for dinner in the biggest Chinatown in the U.S. We did not order at the restaurant. Instead they just brought out big plates of food which we shared as a table. It was very good and a lot of fun.

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Afterwards, we explored the North Shore neighborhood, where the Beats lived in San Francisco. We had some time to browse and shop at City Lights Book Store, where paperback books and Beat literature were initially published. Another thing we learned in this neighborhood was about the impact of clubs in the area, such as the Hungry I, in genres like comedy, music, and poetry.


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We only spent the evening in San Francisco, but it already seems like it will be a great visit to this great city.