Here’s some ideas for San Francisco, emailed a colleague who had lived there awhile:
- Ride the cable cars
- Walk across the Golden Gate bridge
- Visit Alcatraz
- Visit Fisherman’s wharf and Pier 39
- Lombard St (curviest street in the world)
Thanks, I replied, have you ever considered doing a series, ‘Around a city in five seconds’.
Might be an idea, he said. And fun.
It was a light-hearted exchange, ahead of a light-hearted trip to a city famous for its beauty, quality of life, ‘walkability’, culturally rich streetscapes, can-do spirit, liberal activism, environmental conscience and a bit more.
But the idea of a series of five-second city guides stayed with me.
And you don’t have to be a long-term resident.
In fact five things are about all you can enumerate in five seconds. And they’re generally the stuff the tourist will know as he passes through a city.
So, here’s ‘Port au Prince in five seconds’ (remember, the list is subjective):
- Saunter along the walls of street art on Airport road
- See the imposing Neg Marron downtown, symbolizing the unknown slave
- Walk around Petionville
- Eat at Kokoye, off Delmas 31 (it has the best poulet nan sos Djon Djon or chicken in Haitian mushroom sause)
- Visit MUPANAH, the museum that lays bare many aspects of Haitian history and culture