Application Deadline: April 30, 2008
Ah, spring. Not only does this season mean warmer weather, longer days, and blooming flowers… it also heralds that time-honored tradition of "spring cleaning." The San Francisco Downtown Hostel has taken this concept and run with it, kicking off a series of major renovations and improvements that will be completed this year.
On any sunny spring day in San Francisco, you'll see plenty of sailboats, cargo ships, fishing vessels, and tour boats working and playing across the sparkling bay waters. Boating is very much a part of the city's culture, and there are many different ways for travelers to get in on San Francisco's nautical action.
San Francisco's Japantown -- known as Nihonmachi to its residents -- is the oldest of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. From its roots as a refuge for victims of the 1906 Great Quake and Fire, to its post-World War II community revitalization, San Francisco's Japantown has seen many major economic and cultural shifts that have made it the rich community it is today.
Though there is great merit in "greening" your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, there's still nothing quite like playing in the dirt to get back in touch with the Earth.