Sunday Funday is my weekly(ish) post recapping the events in my bookish, blogging, and personal life from the past week. This week I’m featuring my trip to San Francisco instead of my usual weekly recap. All photos are my own!
It was my boyfriend’s birthday this past week so we decided to do something special and take a trip to the city! SF is a city near and dear to my heart, and I love exploring a new aspect of it each time I visit. This trip we decided to pay a visit to the historic City Lights Bookstore, Chinatown, and Union Square.
City Lights Books is a historic literary landmark in San Francisco. Originally it gained notoriety from the beatnik generation in the 1950’s, and their independent and anti-authoritarian vibe is still present throughout the shop. It has three levels, from a poetry reading room upstairs to children and YA selections in the basement. At 10am it was already filled with people (and we waited for them to open the doors!) There was also a fantastic mural painted alongside the building, which is pictured at the beginning of the post. City Lights Books also serves as a small publishing house, and this year marks its 60th anniversary of publishing titles! You can learn more about City Lights Books here.
Right around the corner from City Lights Books is Chinatown! We proceeded to walk around the district, taking in the early morning shoppers at the markets selling everything from tourist knick knacks to fresh herbs, veggies and meats.
After Chinatown we braved the crowds out for the St. Patrick’s day parade to head to the Union Square area for lunch and shopping. We visited Nordstrom, MAC, and the Disney Store, and then ventured a few blocks down (in the unseasonably WARM weather!) to a small french bakery where we picked up macaroons! (Which unfortunately I ate before I had a chance to take a picture of!)
Reading has been slower this week than I would’ve liked, but it’s my last push before my grad school entrance exam and most of my spare time has gone to studying! It might be a little slow this week here due to test prep, but once it’s over I plan to get a LOT of reading done! As of right now I’m still working in The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and loving it.
What Happened Here This Week:
Monday: I’m moved by the rawness in I’ll Meet You There.
Friday: I have mixed feelings about Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Here’s to a good week for everyone, and cheers to everything you’re looking forward too (whether it be passing exams, spring break, a vacation, or just the impeding warmer weather!)