After five days, we have working cellphones and an american bank account (actually, we managed to get those two on our first day here!). We have a moka pot (that one was high on my list of absolute necessities), and – if all goes well, a long-term lease for an apartment three blocks from the Gourmet Ghetto. We’ve shopped at the Berkeley Bowl, which has a mind-blowing produce section with every type and variety of fruit or vegetable known to man, and a few more*, and at Andronico’s, where Ritter Sport, Bahlsen cookies and Werther’s Echte are sold as European Gourmet Food to unsuspecting Americans. We looked at 11 apartments in the last two days, among them the in-law unit of this incredible place. Oh, we’ve also walked halfway across this bridge:
…and driven through San Francisco rush hour:
*Seriously, they sell durian fruit. In a supermarket. I stopped counting at 10 eggplant varieties. Their tomato section alone would fill a German Tengelmann.