Suggestions for: Portland, LA, and San Francisco

  • nanidesukedo

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    So...For the next two weeks, I'm going to be hopping back and forth between these areas for residency interviews. I'm an east coast kid and have never been to the west coast in my, my excitements come with a bit of intimidation and cluelessness.

    Does anyone have any advice on any highlights and things to see? I mean, anything...restaurants, museums, clubs, parks, tourist attractions...or just any advice on getting around?

    Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Also, I'm on a graduate student budget, so anything that is budget friendly would be really, really appreciated.

    Thanks so much, guys!
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    For information on San Francisco:

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    Jan 02, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    I noticed you like running and lifting, and while you're in SF, it would be good if you had time to do some running and lifting around your appointments / interviews. There are inexpensive ways to enjoy SF. Here are a couple of things I'd want to do if I were you:

    *Run the Golden Gate Bridge.

    *Run the Marina Green through Ft. Mason to the bridge & back.

    *Run the steps all over Russian Hill

    *Run the Lyon Street steps and up and down Broadway & Vallejo Streets in Pacific Heights.

    There are many gyms to get day passes, or maybe your hotel will have a gym to use while you're here. There are a number of cool places to eat healthy.

    There is much more to tell you, and if you want, give me a shout and we'll chat.
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    Jan 03, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    A lot of the best things to do in Portland involve... getting out of Portland. i.e. to Mt. Hood or the coast, or the gorge. Which could be tricky without a car. If you're into skiing for example, you could probably find a shuttle to the major ski areas.

    Getting around in town is pretty easy with light rail and buses, but don't expect to buy a ticket from the machines on the trains - they never work and you can get a huge fine for being caught without. The choice of what to do may be strongly limited by the weather at this time of year. Unless you like - and are equipped for - walking in the rain.

    Also, if you are seeking the "gay scene" carefully check the dates of any on-line reviews you see. Some venues have moved around and/or changed in the last few years. The old "ghetto," such as it was, has gotten gentrified.
  • metta

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    Jan 03, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    LA is huge. What part of LA will you be in?