Tuesday, 5 May 2015

City in Review: San Francisco

Once the homeland of hippies, and now the hub of technological innovation, San Francisco certainly has a colourful history, which makes the city such a unique place to be.  San Francisco has a long history of attracting people from all over the world, and this continues today with expats, particularly in recent years with the career opportunities growing in the city.  The diversity of people, enterprises and things to do is what makes San Francisco and its liberal spirit one of the most sought after cities in California.    

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Living in a new city is a great opportunity to discover new places which are a little outside of the tourist bubble – but there are a few things that you really have to do in San Franciso. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf really are spectacular, and worth visiting at least once.  We suggest a cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge, going on a guided tour around Alcatraz, and eating Clam Chowder in a bread bowl on Fisherman’s Wharf. 

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The Marina area, west of tourist hotspot Fisherman’s Wharf, is a popular destination for expats to live. It boasts spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge but rent in The Marina doesn’t come cheap; expats on a lower budget tend to look for accommodation in the Southwest district of the city, known as the Outer Sunset.  Public transport in San Francisco is a bit more exciting than buses; the city is connected by a cable car network.  This unique transport system is one way in which the city works towards sustainability, but it is also a fantastic way to get around.  

Climate-wise, it’s fair to say that most people would associate life in California with sunshine all year round, but San Francisco is infamous for its cooler summers with heavy fog.  San Francisco is situated on the San Andreas Fault so it’s likely that you will experience an earthquake of some magnitude at least once while you are living there.  However, due to the sophisticated early warning systems in place and structural integrity of buildings in the city, these mini earthquakes aren’t usually anything to worry about, and shouldn’t put you off. 

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A large part of the city’s growth is down to recent expansion of the technology, finance, and media sectors within the city. Silicon Valley, in the northern part of San Francisco, is home to technology giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook, and was seen as the pioneer of the technological boom.  The finance industry is also a large part of San Francisco’s economy, and the city is often referred to as the ‘Wall Street of the West’ – so there are opportunities a-plenty for expats who follow their careers to this golden city!

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