It was such a nice day today and I was in need of some supplies for my hydroponic garden and so I took the day off and drove to San Fran. I didn't like it that much this time, because the traffic freaked me out (I'm not used to this anymore...) and because the shop was closed.
Then I thought I'd drive to the next closest hydro shop in the area, which is in Santa Cruz. The name Santa Cruz had always a special ring to me because when I learned UNIX back in the days, I read a lot about SCO UNIX - SCO stands for Santa Cruz Operation. I always asked myself what kind of a place SC might be where people wrote such brilliant stuff in the 70s. I mean you can't find many people in Europe who can do it TODAY.
So (the sun was still at full throttle) - I drove down there. Oh.... my..... dog.... Santa Cruz is soooo beautiful! Simply gorgeous, awesome. It's also a very friendly place - a ton of nice people, very "individualistic".
But the place is still very earthy and original, not like, for instance, the "hippieness" of Palo Alto, which is maybe a bit too rich meanwhile for conveying that kind of vibe proper.
I also went to a random shop - it was not advertised as a health food store, just a shop. They had a larger bulk section than Whole Foods, they had miso bulk by the pound!!! They had 5lbs slabs of tofu. The non-dairy section was huge, the cheese section tiny. I didn't see meat in there (but I didn't looked for it either, though!). Organic produce everywhere. Fresh juices and salads galore.
California is a GREAT place and I'm so happy to be here.