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.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dan (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

    I’m sure it is a reflection of the dollar’s current value, and I’m fine with it. The European tourists are generally not clueless about public transit and understand basic concepts like moving to the rear and reading destination signs. I live on a bus route heavily used by tourists, so this matters to me.

  2. anna (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

    I agree- moreso than US tourists- the folks from Europe know how to walk on crowded sidewalks, and double-line up on the inside of a bus (back to back).

    hey your blog is neat, Dan. I didn’t know that about the mermaid. It’s latest appeal to me is that it doesn’t have wi-fi (I can actually get some work done!). Interesting that it’s buckling to the trend.

  3. huphtur (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    I’m from Holland! Where the fuck you from?

  4. anna (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    omg the remix is so hilarious:


  5. Dan (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Thanks, Anna, glad you liked it.

  6. Richard (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

    Great vid, and be thankful these people are spending their euros in SF. We could use the lift, eh?

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