Visiting the Bay Area

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    Apr 30, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    I'm going to be visiting the Bay Area in the early part of June. It's my first time on the West Coast . . in fact, first time west of Chicago.

    My friend who I'll be visiting isn't necessarily the most active person, so I can't imagine he knows yet any of the good areas to go home, check out the mountains, and all that around there. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Also, I'm using this trip as an opportunity to check out potential career opportunities since I'm feeling like the midwest is becoming a bit too small for me. I'm a banker but also do freelance web design, teach the ACT, SAT, and the GMAT, and am really just looking for jobs combining new media with entrepreneurial spirit. Any web designers in the area, or know of any leads?

    Thanks, and hope to see some of you out west!
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    Apr 30, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    I don't know what your comfort level of where you stay is, but if you don't mind a hippie summer student environment, I highly recommend checking out the Berkeley co-ops. I lived in one for 4 years and while there are less people around over the summer, I had a lot of fun especially my last summer there where I could be more relaxed, and met and went out with some cool people who would come passing by briefly. My house had a pretty open system about letting people crash as long as you had a host (who you shouldn't have trouble finding as long as you're a friendly reasonable person).
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    May 06, 2009 2:32 PM GMT

    Any other suggestions?
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    May 06, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    Well well your finally coming to my stomping ground huh? I can't believe you didn't email me personally! Well babe I don't know if your still djaying on the side but there will be some major new clubs opening up by the time you get here. Since I'm one of the few realjocks in Sf that goes out here I can tell you about some hip spots. I'm vip at some hotspots in town! As for jobs mmm those teaching skills will get you pretty far here. Speaking of I'll need to take the GMAT soon. That mountain stuff is ok too. Let me know if you need a few gym passes.
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    May 06, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    I have been several times to San Francisco. But as a backpacker, not someone looking for work. But I believe that San Fran may offer the best opportunity for a job in banking in the Bay area. Not forgetting the great views and scenery the city offers, mainly that it sits on two hills, Nob Hill and Russian Hill.
    On the other hand, you may work in San Fran and live elsewhere, such as Sausalito, across the Bay from the city, or San Jose, or as already mentioned, Berkeley. The Bart metro (Bay Area Rapid Transit) links the city with Oakland, and also a lovely estate I once visited - Walnut Creek.
    Good luck
  • EricLA

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    May 06, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Depending on how much time you have, you should try to take in Wine Country (Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, etc.) to the North and Monterey, and Big Sur to the south along Highway 1/Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). All are worth your time, but the views along PCH south of Santa Cruz to Big Sur are stellar. You have to be careful while driving, otherwise it's easy to drive off the road.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    May 06, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    Santa Cruz is spectacular and a must-see. Also, if you have time visit Fish Ranch outside of Oakland, you'll see unforgettable views of the whole Bay Area.
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    Jan 03, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    You should definitely just roam around San Francisco and you'll be able to access everything within 30 mile radius whether it's nightlife, outdoors, and what not.

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