Davis, California

Exceedingly impressive and quiet little town, just a $30 Uber ride from the Sacramento airport. FYI: not sure about how Uber will progress here, but so-far UberX—my favorite kind of Uber—is available right at the airport [seems to be a disappearing trend, overall]. Anyway, I am here on business but, as in any travel, I have a little bit of time to talk around the city center—and what a center it is!

Davis, seemingly, is a city revolved around the campus of the University of California. Honestly, I think it is UCD that makes the D here, not the other way around as all I see on the streets are students, police, and supporting business staff, like the restaurant waitresses and the like. Just a few quick observations from walking around the “downtown” (as it is officially labeled on all the directions.

  • The street walker, bikers, and drivers are mostly white with low percentage of asians, and an occasional hispanic, well-balanced by equally occasional face of an African origin;
  • Nobody smokes, vapes, etc;
  • Streets are pristinely clean, even the back alleys;
  • Restaurants are small and extremely cozy;
  • Buildings are all different and compete with restaurants and shops for the welcoming and, well, cozy look;
  • Cars are relatively newer and relatively more expensive than what I am used to seeing in bigger cities on the East coast;
  • City streets are extremely green with very regular signage about water conservation; while
  • Individual houses, about a half of them, did away with grass lawns and prominently display concrete, rocks, or “other”; and finally
  • I find this place to be extremely friendly and manageable both on foot and on other non-motorized transportation types.

Definitely I would enjoy visiting this place again, given a chance. Let’s see what photos I had time to take in the short time I was here.

Ah, my flight is here :)

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Hello water-starved California!

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I can see it, sure, but the rest of the place is greener than Philly or most of the other cities I have visited…  Just saying…

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Apparently Davis, CA is UC Davis, interchangeably.  This is one of those college towns where the college is bigger than the town, I suppose.

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Green is everywhere but water starvation is pretty clear, too.

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Still, it’s nice to see flowers.

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And the palm trees.

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And the gorgeous little-town houses here.  Ah, I so wish I had a summer house in a place like this.  But I bet this place is worth a few million, being this close to campus…

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And the campus is everywhere.  Apparently this small house with crappy fence is a Center for Child & Family Studies.  Yep.  True story.

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Still, so very chill here.

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City parks and all.

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With gorgeous vases.

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And the dancers.

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My style dancers [this is a private joke for those who know me].

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Wouldn’t you wish to live here?

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Even though you’d have to conserve water…

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For this… :-)

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And the red woods.

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I mean for-real red woods.

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So nice here.

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With all the small cafes all over the “campus” which is also the city of Davis.

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With the flowers at the bar.

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And $2 dresses.

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And the fabulous graffiti, next to “come beautiful, leave sexy” salons.

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With British-style phone booths…

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And, did I mention, palm trees…

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And gorgeous houses.

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And wonderful colors.

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And over-safe walkways.

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And the exceedingly-clean sidewalks (even if they are not right at the city center).

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Notice, how people’s homes are devoid of grass.

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Or the wonderful sculptures, made from shovels.

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Like so.

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And the park i n the middle of the city which is to envy, anywhere you’d travel.

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Yes, with a green river, but a “river” non-the-less.

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And by “green” I mean GREEN!

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With the ducks, too.  Lovely.

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Just absolutely gorgeous here.  I can see where Steve Jobs took his walks and why he kept on referencing them.

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We’re graffiti-clear here.  Yeah, let’s cover it all up.

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Just fucking amazing here.  WOW

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And the place is smoke-free.  Nice.

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Oh, would you look at this tree!

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Apparently it’s sacred, somehow.

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But I like this tree better.

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And the campus just pops out of nowhere.  Apparently it’s been there all along, just looming over, just a block away.

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With it’s… WHAT?  Holy shit!

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Ha!  No-fucking-way!

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Yep.  I am seeing true.

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Amazing!  Just amazing!

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With local rodents feasting on leftovers.

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With my wonderful hotel.  Seriously, I this is the better of the Hyatt installations, right?

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AHA!  This is where the smokers are.

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With a college where there is a Brewing laboratory next to a Research winery…

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And a Teaching vineyard.

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UCDavis, I think I love you!

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I’ll miss Cali with all the plowed fields and dried-up lands.

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Amazing here.  What a nice trip!  Cheers.

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