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By Frances Gendlin

CultureShock! San Francisco offers first-hand recommendation that would quick assist you believe at domestic within the urban via the Bay. you are going to come to understand the city's eclectic and tenacious spirit, and you'll comprehend its overpowering allure. The breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge suspended over the bay, the cable vehicles that overcome steep hills, the sun-basking sea lions and the painted girls of San Francisco—all will circulate from mind's eye to truth, the following. but practicality principles! allow this advisor convey you the neighbourhoods, the eating places, and possibilities for cultural enrichment. enable it assist you in the course of the demanding situations any newcomer encounters, from discovering a reasonable domestic to choosing a college to your children. And most significantly, allow it recommend you the way to slot in with that diversified collection of locals who jointly make San Francisco actually specified.

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And Now … Today, the City of San Francisco makes up the entire San Francisco County, the most important of the nine counties comprising the Bay Area. Yet it is the smallest of the nine, and almost half of it is water, most of it San Francisco Bay. In fact, it is the smallest county in the state. 3 km) across. Only since 1937 has the city been connected to the north and east by its two famous bridges, and ferries that have long brought people to the city still traverse the sparkling bay. The city itself swells like the ocean tides: each day it accommodates 200,000 workers who commute in from around the Bay Area, plus, over the course of a year, 16 million visitors—tourists and conventioneers—who filter through.

The town also rolled down the hill to the waterfront and today the old brick buildings on streets with names such as Balance Street and Gold Street still attest to their role during the Gold Rush, a century and a half ago. It may be that only a few buildings remain, but the spirit of a city determined by the 1849 discovery of gold persists today. While thousands of adventurers seeking quick fortunes came to the Sierra foothills, clever merchants of all sorts readied their wares to take some of that fortune for themselves.

Each book is structured in the same manner. It begins with the first impressions that visitors will have of that city or country. To understand a culture, one must first understand the people—where they came from, who they are, the values and traditions they live by, as well as their customs and etiquette. This is covered in the first half of the book. Then on with the practical aspects—how to settle in with the greatest of ease. Authors walk readers through topics such as how to find accommodation, get the utilities and telecommunications up and running, enrol the children in school and keep in the pink of health.

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