Airbnb, San Francisco
Just, you know, relaxing in Monica’s apartment ©Geek Crusade

So our epic geek trip to the US was back in July, and if you were following it, you’ll know that it covered lots of geeky places like Rancho Obi-Wan and San Diego Comic Con. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the kind support of Airbnb, who picked up part of the tab for our accommodation. And we’d like to tell you about our first Airbnb stop, in San Francisco.

Our host was Monica, whom we also stayed with during our trip to Comic Con in 2012. She lives in a rent-controlled building along Pine Street, which comes equipped with this very old school, Inception-style elevator. Pressing the button for your floor sets off a sound akin to one of those mad scientist machines, and it is unbelievably AWESOME. We had just riding the elevator up and down.

Airbnb, San Francisco
On my way to see Mal ©Geek Crusade

We had a chance to talk more with Monica this time round (she was away for most of our stay last year), and she’s great to chat with. Appropriately for our geek trip, Monica’s actually related to a very famous geek: her cousin is the Entertainment Weekly reporter Geoff Boucher, and formerly the man behind Hero Complex. And besides having a lovely apartment, one of the best things about staying with her was the chance to be reunited with Friday, one of her two cats.

Airbnb, San Francisco
Friday the cat! ©Geek Crusade

As a rule of thumb, I don’t really like cats, but Friday’s definitely not your typical feline: he’s curious and affectionate and welcoming. Which is quite unlike his counterpart Selma, who mostly just ran away from us. I must say that Friday made our stay much more pleasant, though I’m really glad he didn’t run out of the apartment like last year. But enough about Friday – here’s some pictures of Monica’s awesome apartment.

Stay tuned for our next geek trip accommodation post, about the Airbnb apartment we stayed in in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which has some awesome pets too. In the meantime, if you are ever in need of an Airbnb San Francisco apartment, I’d definitely recommend Monica’s.

By the way, if you’re wondering why I’m all masked up in the first picture, that’s actually a Boba Fett hoodie. The picture was taken just before we set off on Course of the Force, a Star Wars-themed charity relay run.

Most of the images in this post were taken with a Nikon 1 V2