On returning to the Bay Area to visit friends and family for the holidays, the first thing that struck me was the traffic. It was around noon on a Monday and Highway 101 was packed in the southbound direction. Luckily, I was heading northbound.
In the two months I had spent traveling the southwest (Southern California desert, Utah, Arizona) I never encountered any traffic. I didn’t miss it one bit.
From the Saratoga foothills, looking east.
The Bay Area has a little of everything: culture, shopping centers, great restaurants, surfing, and work. Even in this economy Silicon Valley has managed to still appear prosperous in comparison to other areas of the country I’ve seen. (Sadly, I saw many more abandoned buildings and homes in the southwest.)
Plus, they have some cool, weird stuff. And some really big stuff.