So I am currently away for about a week, tagging along with Tyler's band's tour. Said the Whale is on tour across the states opening for our good friends Tokyo Police Club. I've joined the band at festivals and done weekends away, but this is the first time I have come for a good chunk of time. I'm used to Tyler being away a lot and I have my own life to contend with so it's never an issue. But, when our two schedules aligned serendipitously this month - I was planning on visiting our family home in Scottsdale when he was headed there on tour - it couln't be passed up. Plus, I love everyone in the band like family and it's always fun to get to spend time with them.
Yesterday we were in San Francisco, and boy do I ever fall more in love with that city every time I visit. People sometimes aren't aware of how little time bands actually get to spend in the cities they visit. It's a heck of a lot of hours in a Van, a few hours of loading in, sound checking and playing and then loading out in the dark and finding a hotel to lay your head down for the night. Then, the next day it starts all over again.
The nice thing about not being IN the band on tour is that when they are loading in and sound checking, there is a good chunk of time to spend doing what you want. I was more than happy to spend a few hours alone in the San Francisco sun. I walked up and down Hayes St. and revisited neighbourhoods that Tyler and I saw on our California road trip just over a year ago.
This city is vibrant, creative, with super unique nooks and crannies hidden everywhere you turn. The homes are incredible, brilliantly and outlandishly painted and decorated to look like they came straight out of Willy Wonka's factory. The restaurant choices are endless and the unique shopping spots are even better.
I spent a little bit of time in Alamo square, a park perched high on a hill to give you a great vantage point looking out on the city.
If you've never visited San Francisco, I highly recommend it. Every time I visit I dream about spending a few years living in and discovering more about this eclectic spot.
Next we're in LA for a bit...... :)