Onslaught of Euros
For those of you that live in the more touristy parts of the city, you may have notice a total invasion by English-speaking tourists from Europe. Yikes. Supposedly a manifestation of the badly valued dollar. I was chatting with cafe manager at 901 Columbus on how my Dutch friends were buying up a storm when they were here a few weeks ago, and a guy next to me pipes up, “I’m from Holland!” and continued to agree with the points that- yes, Levi’s were ridiculously cheap- and it was retribution from 10 years ago and our expensive dollar. I’ve passed bunches of men- for some reason mostly guys?- on the sidewalk and in cafes, transit, and restaurants. All from New Zealand, Australia, England, with a spattering of other countries- Japan, Korea & China. It just seems a lot more intense than other tourist periods (namely, July & August). Perhaps the badly valued dollar is the reason a MUNI employee finally asked for my ticket on the cable car? I’ve been asked roughly four times out of twenty-five.