10 on 10 March

Every year my good friend Sidse comes and visit me, and while she is here, we book a Airbnb in San Francisco just the two of us. This year we stayed in Hayes Valley very close to Patricia's Green, and got to explore that area well. But my 10 on 10 this month is going to be about The Mission District in San Francisco, where we took a Detour, and we got filled up by all the colors and diversity of that part of town. The Detour takes you down 24th Street and down small alleys on the way, which are covered with murals and interesting people.


Before heading out on the Detour, we loaded up at Tartine Bakery. Probably my favorite bakery in San Francisco, and if you are a foodie like me, you most likely have heard about it.

Our Detour starts at the corner of 24th St and Mission St, in front of one of the first murals painted in The Mission. From here the tour went down 24th Street with a series of different murals and funny boutiques. We especially liked the one with all the Mexican wrestling masks a concept fare from our culture.

I'm going to end this little Detour with a portrait. I have a passion for portraits of people I meet on my way. We got talking with this guy in Balmy Alley, where he told us he had lived for more than 35 years. He had seen the changes of the neighborhood, with gangs, and shootings, to todays problems with the tech generation coming in and buying people out. The Mission is defiantly a place I like to visit. So many things are happening and I'm sure next time I come back, a lot has changed.


Now keep on rolling over to Birgitte Heiberg's 10 on 10 to enjoy her fabulous story.

Detour in Haight-Ashbury

Before my mom came to visit, she had read an article in Politiken (the Danish New York Times) about Haight-Ashbury, and would like to visit this place. I always try to make her wishes come true while she is here, so of cause we had to go. Last year I had taken a Detour through this place with a good friend and was blown away by the experience. I wanted my mom to try the Detour experience too, not only for the picturish tour, but also for the technical aspect.


We started our tour at the Panhandle. Peter Coyote narrates this Detour, he guides you through the neighborhood and history, and you get to hear from old friends of his, music from that time etc. It feels like you are traveling back in time, and it was so delightful to do this together with my mom. I felt I got to be a part of her youth for a little while.

Haight-Ashbury has so many colors and history it's hard to capture all of it while listening to the audio. Another obstacle, my mom’s old phone couldn't download the app, so we both had to be connected to my phone. This meant if I all of a sudden stopped to take a photo, and my mom didn't, her headphones would be yanked of her ears. After having done that 5-8 times, we finally figured out a system that worked.

I can really recommend the Detour app, it is such a great way to get to know and understand an area of a city. This was the second time I did this Detour, and it was still interesting and a really good experience. Here is what Detour writes on their website: "Detours are narrated by locals who know the city best, and are infused with cinematic scoring and storytelling by some of the best writers and sound designers in the world. Taking a Detour is like walking around inside a movie".