Hidden (Things to Do) in San Francisco

I admit it. I read the CSAA’s Via Travel Magazine. This month they had a feature on ‘hidden” things to do in San Francisco, and that got me thinking: what’s on their list, and what would be on mine. Here are some fun, unusual things to do in San Francisco

  1. Japanese Tea Garden. Located in Golden Gate park this is a great place to stop mid-way during a busy tourist day, for a moment of relaxation and contemplation. Be sure to “feed the squirrels as they’ll come right up to you while you’re drinking tea and enjoying a snack.
  2. Mount Sutro Open Space. This is owned by UCSF and is worth the drive or hike up. Near Twin peaks, and a great window on what the pre-human San Francisco might have been like. After the most recent Planet of the Apes movie, perhaps it is our future, too. Unusual Things to do in San Franicisco
  3. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps. This one in the Via magazine was new to me. (16th between Moraga and Noriega Streets) is an amazing mini-Lombard street. I’ve got to go check it out.
  4. Cartoon Art Museum. This is not far from the convention center and Yerba Buena center for the arts.
  5. Gordo’s Burrito. Really, really worth it if you love burritos. They have a Berkeley location, too, and being a UC Berkeley person, I transferred my love of their amazing carnitas burrito from Berkeley to San Francisco. I have to say that the Bay Area catering is really something else though, the variety and quality of food available is really second to none, it’s definitely worth a visit.
  6. Seal Rock / Seal Beach / Sutro Baths. One of my favorite places to visit It will be cold, there will be wind, but there will be seals and surf and the relics of the Sutro baths. Take a hike down to the ruins, and then hike up on the south side. Some really weird graffiti will await you.

Those are a few of my favorite places in San Francisco, spurred to mind by Via magazine. If you are a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, what would you recommend? If you are a tourist, what are the quirky places you found? San Francisco is a city of a million faces, and I am always finding something new.

San Francisco Has a Lot To Learn: Adult Learning Opportunities

San Francisco is a city of learning. I’ve certainly found my niche in “adult learning.” What I like about adult learning is the practicality of it: no babysitting, no students freaking out about grades – just working adults who are trying to better themselves. Technology has made this easier to do with things like lecture capture software teachers and lecturer are able to reach their students who can’t make it to class because of distance or work making those who want to learn able to do so. You know what they say: “Youth is wasted on the young,” and so often I find that my adult learners wish that they had learned Internet marketing at university… but then again, for many of them there was no such thing at the time. There are many resources online that can help with adulting learning such as continuing education seminars. adult-learnersWe’re all in this boat together, learning by doing. One very useful learning opportunity is to try and learn a new language. EffortlessEnglishClub.com is one place to do it! Here’s a list of adult learning opportunities in San Francisco –

  • University of California, Berkeley, Extension. Go Bears! I have my Ph.D. from Cal, and remember it fondly… Even better for adult learners UC Berkeley runs a top-notch “continuing studies” program in downtown San Francisco. I am particularly fond of their marketing program – with classes in advertising, SEO, and social media marketing. I don’t teach there, of course, but still it’s a great program and very convenient to downtown San Francisco.
  • BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition). I do teach a San Francisco SEO class and a class in Social Media Marketing at BAVC’s San Francisco location. What’s great about their programs is that they are one-day crash courses, plus they have a lot of youth activities. BAVC is a “child of the 1960s” and that spirit of learning lives on at this San Francisco institution.
  • AcademyX – AcademyX is a commercial venture, and really specializes in business-oriented adult-learning. I teach both SEO and Social Media Marketing there; their classes are two-day intensives, and more hands-on than BAVC’s given that we have more time.
  • San Francisco State, College of Extended Learning. Their program is pretty weak in Internet marketing, but they have plenty of business programs plus certificate programs in all sorts of technical skills.
  • City College of San Francisco. Their classes are more artsy-craftsy, with classes in subjects like “bicycle repair” or “upholstery.” But you can get a certificate in “wedding planning” and becoming a notary public, etc., so this is a good opportunity for quick, practical training or just fun stuff. You can also learn to be a bartender (note to self: need to take that class).

That’s my round-up of adult learning opportunities in San Francisco. Remember that what one university calls “Continuing Studies” another calls “Extension.” For example, I teach “Marketing Without Money,” and “Personal Branding” at Stanford Continuing Studies. Those classes, of course, focus on SEO and Social Media Marketing, with a Palo Alto location more convenient to people living in San Jose, Fremont, or other South Bay cities. You can learn about my own San Francisco SEO Training or San Francisco Social Media training, or just give me a call or email – and I’ll explain how to learn Internet marketing in San Francisco.