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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Adventure to Mission

Mission District :
Bhavana suggested that I take a public transport & travel to Mission District of SFO. Accordingly she did some research,and mailed me directions to reach, bus timings, and a map of the Mission. Armed with this valuable info I took off from Village in the Park, walked the steep slope down hill, got into Mission Street & boarded a 3.00 pm "muni" bus - an electric trolley zero emission bus. It has a driver & no conductor. The fares are fixed : $.1.50 for adults, $.0.50 for students & Sen.Citizens. You insert the money into the cash box near the driver & he hands you a ticket.The ticket is transferable for any route in the muni system if you travel within the validity time indicated in the ticket.The doors are hydraulically operated & open & close automatically. Seats in the front rows are reserved for Sen. Citizens & the physically challenged. An electronic sign board inside the bus continuously indicates the approaching stop.There is also a electronic voice announcement. Some stops are automatic while others are request stops - you can pull a wire rope which rings a bell located near the driver. The front portion of the bus can be hydraulically lowered to pavement level to allow physically challenged persons with wheel chairs to board.It took roughly 40 minutes to reach Mission. An alternative transport to travel is to take the BART( Bay Area Rapid Transport) which reaches you in quick time.
San Francisco's very first neighborhood—the sprawling, gritty, and sunny Mission District—is all but unknown to visitors. It was here, in 1776, that Spanish padres founded a mission, and it is here, today, that you will find the city's most exciting and surprising cultural mix. The Mission has always been relatively affordable, and it's become a magnet for young people, actors, painters, dancers, and restaurateurs. They've brought with them great food and chic bistros. They've opened tiny, gorgeous boutiques, quirky political bookstores, and sizzling nightspots. They've founded cutting-edge theaters. Completed in 1791, Mission Dolores is now the city's oldest building.
It is one of the poorer districts in SFO and the population is largely Latin American immigrants or Hispanics - a mix of Mexicans, San Salvadoreans, Nicaraguans, African Americans. There is also a smattering of Asians - Chinese,Filipinos etc.
Some popular eateries are :Can-Cun, El Castillito, La Taqueria, El Toro, Pancho Villa, to get your fill of tortilla-wrapped packages filled with rice, beans, salsa, meat, and, if they're "supers," cheese, guacamole, and sour cream.

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