Kalayaan SF celebrates Philippine Independence every June. This event was held in downtown San Francisco’s shopping district at Union Square. This is a very busy spot on all levels (parking, people and traffic).
I had some spare time, so I decided to go check it out and was impressed. I love culture in general and to see Filipino culture displayed proudly, is inspiring. I saw good artwork, clothing, food and talent.
I would check out local museums when they had “free admission”. Many museums double as a “night club” in the evenings.
I was glad to see that de Young was gonna do this with the event of a drag queen runway show. LOL.
I didn’t even know until I arrived. I tried to get some free soda.
After a few minutes, I went straight to the exhibitions as I had a couple hours to do so. I couldn’t go into the special or exclusive exhibits, but I did check out the regular collections and I definitely enjoyed it.
In the US, I feel trains have been ignored because of political reasons. This goes with coal and cars. While visiting Europe and Japan, it is totally different. Their train systems are pretty much depended up. Japan’s trains are on another level of reliable transportation.
With that said, the rise of highways and cars have severely limited the trains outside of big city areas (that’s always questionable too).
I love trains and I wanted to bring my kids to a museum.
Western Railway is the closest museum, but also there is a Santa train ride.
It was a pretty decent drive, maybe about an hour. It was raining too, so that kinda made it difficult to enjoy the outside.
There are many volunteers here and there is always ongoing restoration of the some of the trains (you’ll see my pictures below).
While I do think $20 was steep, it went to the museum and for a good cause.
We sprinted quickly to the train shed because it was decent rain coming down.
The train went down the tracks and eventually stopped off at a park. I believe during the other seasons, the trains go this location and events are usually happening such as BBQs or Easter egg hunts or Halloween stuff such as pumpkin patch and hay maze.
Just past where we started, we come upon Santa’s area. Free cup of jo and cookies.
After everyone has met and taken pictures with Santa, we got back on and went to the train shed. This is typically where some trains were stored. There was another building, but I believe that was a private tour in which I didn’t have time for.
But I did like to check out the trains in the shed. Many old SF ones!