Feb 09 2010
Visitors to San Francisco
Last week in class you talked about San Francisco. One of the topics was to talk about your favorite places. I asked you where you would take someone who came to visit you here.
I thought I’d tell you about two places I have taken visitors. The first one was many many years ago, after I first came to San Francisco. My first job was teaching ESL in Chinatown, while the TransAmerica Pyramid was being built. You probably know that building–it looks like this:
My classroom was opposite the 13th floor of the new building, so we saw the workmen building it. Anyway, my students were very nice about showing me the “non-traditional” parts of Chinatown. One of the places they took me was to a Chinatown fortune cookie factory. Fortune cookies are cookies that have a piece of paper with your “fortune” inside. They look like this:
The fortune cookie factory had a machine that squirted out some dough in a small circle. The cookies cooked as they moved along, and there was a woman who took the still hot cookies from the machine, put in the fortune, and closed and bent them to make the cookie shape. The machine looked like this:
The other place I remember was when my cousin came to visit and she wanted to see Alcatraz. I had already been in San Francisco for over 20 years, but I had never been there, so I decided to go. It was quite expensive and included a boat ride, since it’s on an island. We rented a walking tour so we could play the tapes and follow the directions. I remember that it was a very interesting trip.
What places do you like in San Francisco? Where have you taken or where would you like to take people who come to visit you in this city?