San Francisco is different than any other place I've lived in that it is a walkable city. You certainly can't just walk anywhere you want to go in Atlanta (unless you want to walk 40 miles) and where I grew up, in the country-ish suburbs, no one walked anywhere, really. I walked and biked a lot in New Orleans, but only in my neighborhood. San Francisco is only 7 miles by 7 miles, and while those miles cover some pretty epic hills, you could literally walk the whole city if you wanted to.
When I was hanging out with my friend Diana last week, she was raving about a food truck called Curry Up Now that she said was worth waiting 40 minutes in line. As I was walking to work from the train station last Friday, I walked right past a brand new Curry Up Now location on Valencia St., just two blocks from where I work! Had I been in a car, I would have missed it.
If you are in SF or San Mateo or Palo Alto, go immediately!
I stopped for a quick lunch on my way back, and Diana was right: the deconstructed samosa with paneer really is amazing. Next up: tikka masala burrito!
Another thing I saw as I was walking: a poster for Papa Grows Funk's farewell tour show at Brick & Mortar. FAREWELL TOUR?! I had no idea! Apparently they're playing a final show on June 29th at Tipitina's in New Orleans, but their last San Francisco show is next Friday night in the Mission.
While I'll be glad to have my car back once Matt's is fixed (it gets tricky when I babysit in the North Bay), I may stick to walking more of the time. I'm such a go-go-go fast paced person that I tend to want to get somewhere as fast as I can. But I've learned that while walking may take longer, I see things I never would have noticed before about my city.
Do you ever walk around in your city/town?