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North America trip day 3: Grumpy sea lion and farmers’ market

San Francisco is hyper urban, but the main tourist attractions are bisons and sea lions.

The family I was staying with told me a story that pier 39, where sea lions rest, used to be a private pier for boats. Sea lions started assembling there after the great earthquake, and the people who were using the pier were driven away to make space for the endangered creatures of those already decided to assemble there. Now it’s a major tourist spot, particularly for families. Around pier 39, there are many touristic restaurants and various attractions. Continue reading

North America trip day 1: the Mission

I’m doing an American-style ‘eurotrip’, but in the US.

I learned about the concept of ‘doing Europe in 7 days’ in high school English class. Now I’ll try to ‘do’ the US in two weeks.

I started with observing the legendary murals in the Mission, San Francisco. Surprises so far: some advertisements are in Spanish only, and the ubiquitousness of Spanish is impressive.

The murals often use elements from the Mayan mythology and some add something from India to play around with the double meaning of ‘Indian’ in the past. Migration of native Americans, some of whom still speak Mayan, added native Americans in the places where they were driven away from or assimilated.

The murals often depicted various mythical characters, but there was a copyright sign under almost each of them. Good that ancient Mayans didn’t have copyright.