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Kickin_Donkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 06:03 AM
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29. If you don't know Berkeley well ...
all you have to do is hang out on Telegraph Avenue and side streets. That's entertainment in itself.

Then hang out at Sproul Plaza on campus. Sproul Plaza is essentially the base of Telegraph Avenue in front of the UC administration building (Sproul Hall). There's stairs that lead up to the building and benches all around. Hopefully, school will be in session and there'll be tons of students out and about. Again, that's entertainment in itself. Sproul Plaza is where all the demonstrations and rallies take place: Free Speech Movement, anti-war, anti-apartheid (in my day), the celebration after Obama won.

As for S.F., if you don't know it well, just do the easy, obvious things first:
Walk from Union Square to Chinatown.
-- Check out all the cafes in North Beach (old Italian neighborhood centered on Columbus Avenue and Broadway) in the evening -- it's rocking with young people hanging out.
-- The Haight-Ashbury at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. It's gentrified now, but still fun to poke around.
-- Go to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The Japanese Tea Garden is adjacent. Then just hang in the park if it's a sunny day.
-- The S.F. Museum of Modern Art is cool (SFMOMA).

That's a good start. As you get to know the City better, you can check out places like the Mission, the Marina, the waterfront, Telegraph Hill and the little hidden gems all round.

Same with Berkeley. Once you get a fix on Telegraph and campus, you can venture to other neighborhoods: downtown, College Avenue (Elmwood), North Shattuck, Fourth Street, Solano Avenue. Take a ride in the hills up Spruce Street to Grizzly Peak.
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