Im moving from rural England to San Francisco in 4 months, any advise on life in USA?

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    Aug 22, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    Hey, im 21 and lived in a small town in southern England my whole life. i just got a job as an accountant in central San francisco and i'l be renting a small flat in tenderloin. Iv never been to San fran or anywhere in america so Iv got no idea what to expect.

    Im really excited but nervous as well, any tips/advise on life in america would be very welcome.

    Cheers, Scott icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 22, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    personally, Ive never been to san fran. All I know is that it is really big gay life there. In terms of the US.... dont get sucked in to the horrible American diet. Im from hawaii, we consider ourselves a different culture from the US. I find people pushy and very go go go mentality. Its a very individualistic society rather than a collective society.
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:05 PM GMT
    Oh fuuuuuuuuuuuudge! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    21 and you're an accountant? icon_confused.gif

    and you're getting a job in San Francisco? icon_confused.gif
  • Larslarson

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    Aug 22, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    Explore the country if you can! Firstly, you're in the great state of California, so make sure you visit every nook and cranny of it. America is a vast and diverse place; make the most of every moment.
  • niralamba

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    Aug 22, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    I live in SF now. Even though it's a city you'll end up seeing a lot of the same (homeless) people around, overall people are really friendly and welcoming, and it can have a small town feel to it. San Francisco seems to be a city that takes people in from all different parts of the world so don't feel like you're the alone in moving here and totally changing your life. I'm sure after a few weeks of riding the buses, watching homeless people almost get hit by traffic, and see some of the beautiful nature you'll feel pretty well adjusted.
  • CityofDreams

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    Aug 22, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    San Fran is one of the greatest cities on this planet.
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    Yeah, just finished my open university course (A British university where you study from home) and iv got a place as a trainee accountant for LLC. the only way out of the shitty town i live in is hard fucking work haha
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 22, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    You'll enjoy San Francisco. A bit more chill than many US cities. Try to stay out of cars and keep up the exercise. Work out in a gym. You'll find the US can promote sedentary living. Watch the diet. Don't eat processed food. Be outgoing. Don't be offended if people seem forward or even pushy (though that's mostly a NY thing-- they actually think it is cute). Smile at people. Remember: When people ask "How are you?," they don't really want to know. The answer is "Great! How are you?" Don't give money to beggars. Don't be pulled into dark alleys, even if it is purported to be life or death. Enjoy being in one of the most beautiful of American cities.
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Welcome! San Francisco is amazing. You picked a great city. The Tenderloin, however, is one of its roughest neighborhoods. Be prepared to see humanity at its most raw -- lots of homelessness, mental illness and urban blight. Watch out for petty crime and be aware of your surroundings. That said, the TL is very close to the financial district where you'll be working and has really easy access to public transit via MUNI and BART so you can get around the city easily.

    I think you'll find that urban life in America is wonderful. You have everything you could want in terms of dining and entertainment in close proximity. The only catch is that you end up spending a great deal more money on everything, too. One of the perks of the city you chose is that right outside the city, you can explore just about any landscape you like; deserts, beaches, forests, vineyards and most cost no more than getting there.

    San Francisco is a city full of creative over-achievers. It's got a laid-back, live-and-let-live vibe that makes it very comfortable. People here like to play as hard as they work. One thing that I've found is that you'll make a ton of acquaintances but it's hard to make close friends, and that, to me, is really what is key to making a place feel like home. Cultivate your friendships early on and find people who know the city and can show you its many treasures.

    Best of luck to you on this awesome adventure!
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    Nob Hill sounds like a fun district...
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    Expensive but fun. If nothing else and you decide not to stay, you'll find it a good experience. Any of us would be willing to answer questions, just ask.
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    Aug 22, 2013 2:54 PM GMT
    gayinterest saidNob Hill sounds like a fun district...

    You'll love the Nob Hill Theatre, just don't expect to see the latest Broadway production there! LOL
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    Aug 22, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    climate in San Francisco is about the same as England, so it will feel much the same, maybe a little dryer. If you got snow in the winter of England, San Fran's and Northern CA winter will be fog, rain and above freezing temps. What is nice about CA is a certain time of the year (spring) where you could head to the beach and go swimming (cold) and then head to the mountains the same day and go skiing. (wearing shorts)

    as you get older, like some of us, the warmer climate of Southern CA becomes more attractive
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Aug 22, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    Its nice for a holiday but that's it!
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    Aug 22, 2013 3:44 PM GMT
    How exciting! I hope you enjoy yourself; what a big change.
  • FredMG

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    Aug 22, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Welcome to America. We eat too much, drive on the wrong side of the road, don't speak English nor could we brew a decent cup of tea to save our lives.

    Just so you know this, and wear sun block you'll be fine.
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    FredPDX saidWelcome to America. We eat too much, drive on the wrong side of the road, don't speak English nor could we brew a decent cup of tea to save our lives.

    Just so you know this, and wear sun block you'll be fine.


    awesome.
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    Im bringing about a 1000 tea bags with me, and bottles of cider if i can fit them in my luggage, gonna miss English cider!

    im looking forward to trying pretzels and going to a baseball game though haha
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    Oh, and i cant wait to get away from one direction being played every fucking hour and the radio!
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    I've traveled extensively and have seen a great many cities and countries, but it is always great to come home to S.F. There are tons of things to do here and I can't imagine a more exhilarating place for a young guy to live. Do a lot of walking around (as someone above me suggested). Meet guys through work, the gym, things you might join, like your alumni association if possible. Be safe. Have fun. Make The City (as we call it) your city.

    A couple of things NOT to do: Don't go near Pier 39. Don't call it 'Frisco' or 'San Fran' and avoid wasting time and money in anything that resembles a tourist trap. Find cool little places to shop and eat. You may or may not even want a car - your decision. I know some people just rent cars when they want to leave town for weekend excursions.

    Welcome to R.J. and welcome to The City!
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    Welcome - man, you will definitely have a blast and will be a big cultural change. I recalled living in Manchester, UK for 4 weeks and it was a big adjustment for me for work, I was glad to be back.

    Get ready to say "Dude" rather than "Bloke"...hehehe.

    There is a big British Expats Community here in SFO - so I do not think you will feel all alone. In terms, of tea bags and and cider - we got you covered on that, plenty of British Import Foods already here from British Expats that have opened shop - such as

    British American Imports -726 15th St
    (between Potrero Ave & Hampshire St)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Neighborhood: Mission

    Lovejoy Tea Room (Plenty of Tea Bags)
    1351 Church St
    (between Clipper St & 26th St)
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Neighborhood: Noe Valley

    Explore the city and have fun.
  • LJay

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    Aug 22, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    Oh my do you have a change coming!

    San Francisco is wonderful and unique.
  • MikeW

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    Aug 22, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    I duno... if you're a small town boy, the Tenderloin may freak you out.

    So far as cities go (I'm not fond of them myself), San Francisco is one of the best. Expensive but lots of stuff to do. Interesting neighborhoods. Once you get to know SF a bit, you may also want to get outside of it. I live in Berkeley, which is just across the bay via the rapid transit BART. More greenery and the population isn't as dense.

    You should also join the RealJock Meetup group here:

    http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-RealJock-Gay-Sports-and-Social-Group/ You can begin to make friends before you even get here.

    Good luck!
  • FredMG

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    Aug 22, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    British_runner21 saidIm bringing about a 1000 tea bags with me, and bottles of cider if i can fit them in my luggage, gonna miss English cider!

    im looking forward to trying pretzels and going to a baseball game though haha


    Well, we aren't complete barbarians one can find decent tea and digestive biscuits in the shops. I won't vouch for San Francisco, but in Portland the craft beer and cider ranges from passable to amazing. And can even be had in imperial pints.