I had an awesome time in SF! I saw the sea lions at Pier 39, ate sour dough bread from yeast that is 150 years old, did a trashy tour of the bay (which did at least let me see the under side of the Golden Gate bridge) and got to explore some of the beautiful architecture of the city. Speaking of which, I was told of the character-filled housing in San Francisco, but I didn't expect I'd be staying in one myself! It's a beautiful Victorian house from the late 1800s, the style of which is quite common in the area. Although modesty forbids them from agreeing, the house I'm staying in is the best of its kind because of the lengths the residents have gone to to make me feel welcome. Copious and extended thanks to nicodemusrat, kit_ping and 3catsjackson for their many acts kindness for a slightly bewildered and homesick rat. If I have the time and the energy, I may post some photos of my adventures thus far (things are expected to hot up considerably when FC starts, but I'm not sure when LJ posts will start filtering through).