Unfortunately all good things come to an end. This trip was definitely a solid 5/5. It was my third so called business trip, and got to say I both saw and learned a lot. As the jetlag is now hitting it's peak, I decided to finish blogging about this trip with some useful tips for others traveling to San Francisco!

San Francisco was very versatile and full of life. I definitely enjoyed the 'typical American features' such as big cars, breathe taking places (as you see from pictures above, pretty damn amazing), of course American fast-food chains was a bonus as well as the shopping and store offerings. San Francisco's biggest benefit was that it is definitely a city with a soul. As all houses reach maximum height of three floors with colorful painting and somewhat personal exterior gave a very sympathetic image to the city. There were of course some skyscrapers in addition. One of the best things was seeing plenty of areas with different features; Chinatown, downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz and the heights around the Golden Gate. This city surpriced me positively.

NOTE: Finnair will start next summer flying straight from Helsinki to SFO!!! GO GO GO

Finally, I wanted to list some easily accessible pros and cons as well as some tips for you.


+ Versatile city, a lot to see

+ Alcatraz

+ Good shopping, large variety of stores

- Bad neighborhoods in the city center

- Somewhat expensive

- A lot of scamming (fake ESTAs online, fake tickets, different prices, no chip readers)


- First things first do NOT buy your ESTA from a fake site, you will find the government site from e.g. Finnairs websites and in that way directed to the actual application

- Choose the location of accommodation carefully, it will have a huge impact on your trip (North Beach recommended)

- Change some cash for you on before-hand e.g. parking, bars and some shops do not take cards

- Best shopping around Market Street (shops such as Nordenstroms, Bloomingberg, Forever21 and Target may be found here)

- Visit Alcatraz! Remember to check ticket availability on beforehand, but be careful if booking online due to that many fake websites will be found. We bought our tickets straight from the Pier where the boat departures

- Take time when going to see the Golden Gate bridge, it is truly marvelous

- ENJOY!!!


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This post could also be called day 4, but I decided to solely focus on one of my new favorite landsites, the #1 attraction in San Francisco (Trip Advisor 2016). Alcatraz Island. On Thursday morning we chose to use our so-called "time off" to good use and went to visit Alcatraz. We felt lucky to get tickets, because we where told they are often sold out.

None of us had any expectations for this visit, but have to say our minds where blown. The tour on the island was organized so well. We started with a 10min introduction and then continued listening 35min to a ranger telling us stories about 'prisoners at work'. I don't remember the last time that I listened this well. After this we continued to the prison building and got a headset to guide us around. This tour was nothing ordinary, it was so well executed that we actually went through every point and stayed on the island for 3hours!

The ticket cost 35.5 dollars and was worth every penny. Besides the interesting tour we got to enjoy amazing weather and most spectacular views.

Tips to Alcatraz visitors:

Get tickets early

Listen to all the guided tours

Reserve yourself a small snack (the long visit made us hungry)




Today we enjoyed some sightseeing (and shopping). We started our day by driving down the most crooked street in the world. It was pretty awesome and the view from above was showing us the entire city. After this we drove to Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the most known parts of SF. The part was in my opinion quite a disappointment; it was very old and shady. The part I liked in Fisherman’s Wharf was Pier 39. The pier was amazing, because we got to see a lot of sea lions. The sea lions smelled really, really bad, but they where quite funny. During the afternoon our company visits continued to startup company Academia.

Now of to dinner.





Greetings from San Francisco!

Have to say that this 10,5hour straight flight from Helsinki to SFO-airport was definitely one of the easiest and nicest flights I have ever been on. We got to enjoy the new Finnair Airbus A350 XWB airplane. Besides the bad wifi, everything was good, even the food.

Our Airbnb apartment is located in perfect, central location in North Beach. During our first evening we just drove around. The most breath taking experience was driving over the San Francisco bridge and seeing the city from above.

Today (Tuesday) we visited Stanford University. Have to say that we all where completely amazed by the sport facilities at the campus area. There was everything from a pool to a massive football stadium (pictured above). Definitely would not mind studying here.

To be continued...





Welcome to my new blog! Due to my enormous passion in traveling, I decided to start writing about my journeys. I chose to write in English, hope you don't mind.

Tomorrow I am going to San Francisco and will kick-start my blogging from there.




"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"