I've never lived near or in a big city. Tallahassee absolutely does not count.  Although it is the capital of Florida, it is strangely laid out and by no means has the feeling of a big city, or a capital city for that matter. San Francisco is my first big city. I've been told time and again that SF is not that big, but relative to where I've lived it is gigantic!  Skyscrapers, people walking on top of each other, a dozen modes of public transportation, and the occasional naked person (we love our crazies in the South, in fact we tend to parade them around, but we keep them clothed) - that is big city San Francisco so far.  

I have a couple of cousins that have lived here for many years.  We grew up about an hour away from each other, so we knew them fairly well growing up.  As with a lot of relationships that go global, we didn't really keep in touch much after they left FL.  It is nice living in a place with other family. I try to get together with them every so often for lunch or whatever.  It's been great getting to know them again.  Today, I had lunch with Graham.  He works in the financial district so I can just jump on the BART and meet up with him for lunch really easily.  Before I met up with him, though,  I walked around a little so I could start getting a feel for the city.  This wasn't my first time walking around but I've made it a goal to get to know the city better on foot and without my gps (note to self: need to start acting more like a local, and not the I'm-homeless-and-my-best-friend-is-a-blade-of-grass kind).  Anyway, I got off at the Embarcadero BART stop and walked up toward the Ferry Building.  I took a few pics, which are posted below.