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I live in the Castro district of San Francisco and work for an education startup! I like to learn and talk about urban ecology, art, food, and travel stories. I love discovering the best places in San Francisco and sharing them with people who love to explore!!

Reviews by June L.
June L.
June L. for Bike Tour Lapa - Downtown

Bruno's tour was awesome! He knows so much about the history of Rio and could answer all my probing questions about how things came to be the way they are today. We went to an amazing bakery, learned about the founding of the city, and saw a bunch of street art in the area. Thanks, Bruno, for a wonderful afternoon!

June L.

Ari was a great guide! We walked around the places he knew and grew up in. It was a great way to get to know the local culture, and he goes out of his way to help out. His enthusiasm is great! He was really friendly, shared his traditions with us and also his snacks!

June L.
June L. for An Evening of Tango!

Aisha was great! She represents Buenos Aires in its opulent and fabulous glory days, where people danced tango all night at decadent milongas set in great mansions. We did a private lesson at her studio, where she taught us the basics and techniques of Tango. Unlike people in the states who teach choreography, she teaches how to feel and how to truly follow (for all the ladies out there). We then went to this really great pizza place where all the employees knew her, and her tango poster was on the wall. It was like walking in with a friend and being immediately integrated into the inner circle. Later, we went to a tango show where we saw some great performances and even got to dance with professional tango dancers. The night ended at a milonga where we watched locals dance tango :). Thanks, Aisha, for an unforgettable experience.

June L.

Leticia's tour was awesome! She's really well informed about all there is to know about the history of BA and presents it in a fascinating way, bringing the mansions and buildings we talked about alive with the tales of people who lived in them and their coming of age. Lovers' tiffs, jealousies, and downright opulence followed by the fall of these great families as the economy of BA worsened from its glory days. It's like walking around with a friend and hearing the juicy stories about everyone who makes the city the way it is today. The Recoleta Cemetery is especially a treat!

June L.

Going to the favela with Don B was great! He's lived in the favela for the past few years and is a loved member of the community there. Going around the favela with him was like going around with a very entertaining friend. He's made a name for himself by becoming a rapper, and lots of people in Rio know him from the music scene. We discussed the history, politics, and everyday life stuff regarding the favelas. It was very edifying, and we had a great time learning about how he got started when he first moved to Rio and integrated into the local community. At the end of the tour, we went to his house to have some of the most delicious chicken/fish and rice we've ever had on our trip. He even gave us pointers about nightlife and other things to do during the rest of out trip!

June L.
June L. for Buenos Aires Graffiti Tour

This tour was awesome! Easily one of my favorite experiences in BA. Matt is extremely knowledgeable about graffiti and has written a book about it. He used to be a reporter at the BBC, and he has an inquisitive perspective. He really knows the street art scene inside and out... and he's actively involved in advocacy and community organization too! We peppered him with questions from everything about the current political situation to drama between graffiti artists, and he was able to answer them with a combination of interesting anecdotes and objective commentary.

June L.

Having a picnic adventure with Mali and Anjuli was an adventure! We went to the farmer's market and grabbed some really great produce, took a bus to a cute part of Oakland where we got meat and cheeses (from this awesome Russian deli), and had a peaceful picnic amongst the trees and flowers. Mali and Anjuli were really knowledgeable about produce and how to make the best of picnic adventure! They were super prepared with baskets, utensils, cutting boards, and condiments. Ask Mali about her goat dairy business if you get a chance! We went to the cemetery for our picnic, but another option is Lake Merritt. Definitely be prepared or request the Lake Merritt option ;)

June L.
June L. for Pasta Making Party

Heather's pasta making class was awesome! I got her to host my housewarming, and you want someone to think about the details that you don't even think to consider. She was that person! Super organized, a breeze to work with, and the food was delicious. Eggy, buttery pasta like I like it.

June L.

Garry helped me see the city in a more friendly way! He brings a sense of calmness and acceptance that immediately makes you feel comfortable, and you can definitely see why so many people are friends with him and let him take their portraits. Part lesson on how to approach strangers and see the world through his eyes, my friends and I set out in Hayes Valley to explore the beauty in the souls of San Francisco. Everyone was glowing and hugging at the end! You see things and notice people you would never have interacted with before... and you are better off for making that human connection. Thanks, Garry, for an invaluable experience!

June L.

Biking with Annie was so much fun! We went past the ducks and saw a few hipsters as well. The stretch along the San Leandro Bay was gorgeous and flat - I've never biked such an easy 15 miles. We stopped at an estuary where the park ranger told us about conservation efforts and the various bird species that live there. The highlight of the trip was getting to go into a gorgeous art studio / living space and sharing stories with the artists who live in an art collective in the area. They even made us homemade sandwiches and soup and were more than happy to answer our questions about the collective!

June L.

Going to a show that Dash was headlining was a great experience! I must say that I had my doubts about the San Francisco comedy scene after going to shows in LA and NYC, but it did not disappoint. At least here no one jokes about sitting in traffic and how long it took them to get there! Also no jokes about the Muni or fog either. Being able to go out with him and his fellow comedian crew was an entertaining experience as well, as you would of course expect. They also schooled us in the art of saying funny things for the day that we get to perform on stage at an open mic if I ever get rid of my stage fright jitters.

June L.
June L. for Forage for Urban Mushrooms

This tour is amazing! I went on it with tons of other mushroom enthusiasts, but it's a great experience best shared with small groups. It started off with a brief talk where he showed about 20 different types of mushrooms and taught us everything from how to read a spore print to what the laws are around picking and consumption of wild mushrooms. From gelatinous brain-like mushrooms to ones that looked like starfish to ones that have hallucinogenic properties, there are so many different types of mushrooms thriving in this cool, damp, and foggy fungal paradise that is Golden Gate Park. Every time we found a different kind of mushroom, we took it to Alan to identify. He looked at them and could tell immediately what type of mushroom it was, or with the help of some scratching (to inspect the layers) and tasting (much to our dismay). Whether you’re looking for something that has mind expanding powers or just some delicious wild mushrooms for your upcoming dinner party, Alan knows the best ways to prepare them and, more importantly, which ones not to consume. Eating the wrong type of mushroom can be deadly, so it’s best to go with an expert who knows what he’s talking about!

June L.

I had Laetitia set up a pop up crepe shop at two events that I was hosting, and it was amazing! I didn't have to do anything except for provide two plugs and a table for her to work on. Her dazzling personality kept the guests happy and her made-from-scratch crepes stole the show. You should definitely try the eggy savory one with secret sauce and the strawberry/Nutella dessert crepe! Would hire at every event and adopt her as my personal crepe maker if I could.

June L.

If you go to San Francisco and don't go on Alexandra's amazing Presidio hike, you will be disappointed! We went to the SF National Cemetery, where we were surrounded by the graves of fallen soldiers all uniform in a row juxtaposed against the glory of the Golden Gate Bridge. The highlight of the trip was seeing two of Andy Goldsworthy's art structures made from elements in the natural landscape. Alexandra's anecdotes about life in San Francisco, the tech scene, and latest happenings make it feel more like hanging out with a long-lost friend than going on a tour with a stranger. Highly recommend!

June L.
June L. for Bioluminescent Kayaking Adventure

A couple times in your life, you'll see or experience something that you consider to be one of the top most amazing things you've seen ever. This is one of those times. We set out in our ingeniously water-sealed kayaks into Tomales bay as fog floated lightly over the water, giving it a shimmery, silver look. Hog island stood eerily out in the distance with all sorts of bird species nesting on bare branches and making some really strange noises. On the way to Point Reyes, we saw abundant wildlife - river otters, pelicans, HUGE jellyfish (we jumped on the dead ones), and more! We got off our kayaks to have some tasty regional treats and some hot drinks (much needed on the cold water) as we waited for the sun to go down. After it got dark, we excitedly splashed in and out of the water seeing the bioluminescence light up as the waves gently hit the shore. Back in our kayaks, we could see fish darting about the water like shooting stars as the dinoflagellates lit up around them. Paddling was like dipping into a magical pool as the water sparkled upon contact. You could even cup some water into your hands and watch the dinoflagellates flicker for a second before going dark. This is also an incredible star-gazing opportunity since the Milky Way is right above the bay with very little light pollution - I hadn't seen stars that bring since being in the Andes Mountains in Peru in the middle of nowhere. Super awesome... this is one of those priceless things that should go on everyone's bucket list. Next stop: Puerto Rico. ;)

June L.

If you want to explore wine country with a fun guy who knows everything there is to know about wine, Mike is your dude! From picking up a rental van from the airport to driving all 14 of us around, he was a great sport and handled all the planning curveballs with enthusiasm and ease. He took us to some of the best wineries in Sonoma and Russian River full of fun surprises like pulled pork sandwiches, bocci ball, and even chocolate port. He's really chill, knowledgeable without being overly pretentious, and even made a slideshow video for us of our trip! Ten stars!

June L.

We had a great time on the geology tour! Robin was super knowledgeable about different types of rocks, plate tectonics, and all the places you can go to see great formations throughout the Bay Area. She provided edible displays that really solidified our understanding of all the concepts she explained on the tour. There are lots of gneiss photo opportunities for rocks and views, and you can even collect samples for your home geology display along the way. We were all denizens of the city and learned how San Francisco evolved into what it is today over millions of years. Don't take those views for granite! (all spelling mistakes are on purpose).

June L.
June L. for Local Mission Bites & Treats

I was going to use the phrase "come hungry, leave happy" but it seems you'll just get mental pictures of mediocre pancakes doused with maple syrup, but that's the OPPOSITE of what this tour is. I live in San Francisco and consider myself "food savvy" for lack of a non-snooty term, and I've never even been to many of these places. We filled ourselves with bacon and maple glazed donuts, all sorts of pie, Mission hot dogs, delicious burritos, ice cream, and lots of drinks. My favorite part was ducking into this underground market for pupusas that I didn't even know existed despite passing by the intersection at least a dozen times. We were also able to check out some art and experience the vibrant culture of the Mission district thanks to Lynn's intimate knowledge and sense of pride for her neighborhood.

June L.

The Pac Heights architecture tour was super fun and informative. We learned about different styles that are prevalent in San Francisco - Queen Anne, Victorian, Edwardian, SF Stick Style, and so forth. Jaybee is a vault of knowledge about anecdotes and is a stickler for elegance, beauty, and preservation. We even went into an open house to see the interior of one of the buildings!

June L.

Captain Bob's sailing tour departed from Treasure Island, where we checked out the industrial shipping ports as well as the construction of the new Bay Bridge. Having come from a family of sailors and being at sea since he was in diapers, Bob is super knowledgeable about sailing. You should ask him about the origin of his boat's name! He's pretty flexible, really nice, will take you wherever you want to go, and also show you really cool spots if you're unsure. All your nautical curiosities and questions will be answered.


Reviews for June L.
Pam V.

It was a rainy day and a holiday in Buenos Aires but I had a very good time with June during her last visit. Best wishes to her on all her adventures!

Ari E.

You know when you come back from a walking tour with June, you've just met a wonderfull and passionate woman! I've enjoyed it very much and at all times they've made me feel understood and appreciate! I wish we would have more time next time you come back to Buenos Aires! It was a pleasure to meet you both! Have a great southamerican trip, and we'll stay in touch!

Don B.

Super nice and down to earth!

Leticia A.

June and Dan were wonderfull company, since they were very kind, easy going and had a receptive attitude towards the stories and information i transmited them. Both of them asked interesting questions, helping me find new ideas to improve my tour. Highly recomendable visitors!

Aisha

It was a pleasure to guide June in my tango world- she was a very eager student, wanting more and more in the tango class with her boyfriend, learning about the essence and the secrets of tango dance- watching my dance dedicated to her and her boyfriend I hope to get her hooked for real! The Argentinenan- American-Polish ( common roots) cultural exchange during the ( late ) dinner in el Cuartito, below an " Aisha & Victor Tango" poster, was very natural and enriching. Mingling with locals, discussing, comparing, just enjoying one another´s company. Dan revealed his amazing Spanish skills which he was hiding so far.... Next station: tango Bar Sur with a tango spectale, almost a private one, with the owner coming up to greet us was great! The best part was looking at ( taking pictures of) June dancing with a professional after his show- probably her fist tango in public! Musicians playing of us, singers singing tango- we left San Telmo and Bar Sur for our last station, as it was already after midnight: a real milonga ( a place where people actually dance dango, a popular place, like a tango discoteque). Salon Canning was crowded and June and Dan admired dancing and strategical skills of the dancers tangoing to a live orquestra. We joined a table of our friends from London, a couple of dancers. It must have been a sweet overdose of tango- as music, dance, singing, tango fashion, tango codes, tango filosophy, tango life style.....Hopefully June got the best of it, right to her heart- with all her senses!

Aisha

It was a pleasure to guide June in my tango world- she was a very eager student, wanting more and more in the tango class with her boyfriend, learning about the essence and the secrets of tango dance- watching my dance dedicated to her and her boyfriend I hope to get her hooked for real! The Argentinenan- American-Polish ( common roots) cultural exchange during the ( late ) dinner in el Cuartito, below an " Aisha & Victor Tango" poster, was very natural and enriching. Mingling with locals, discussing, comparing, just enjoying one another´s company. Dan revealed his amazing Spanish skills which he was hiding so far.... Next station: tango Bar Sur with a tango spectale, almost a private one, with the owner coming up to greet us was great! The best part was looking at ( taking pictures of) June dancing with a professional after his show- probably her fist tango in public! Musicians playing of us, singers singing tango- we left San Telmo and Bar Sur for our last station, as it was already after midnight: a real milonga ( a place where people actually dance dango, a popular place, like a tango discoteque). Salon Canning was crowded and June and Dan admired dancing and strategical skills of the dancers tangoing to a live orquestra. We joined a table of our friends from London, a couple of dancers. It must have been a sweet overdose of tango- as music, dance, singing, tango fashion, tango codes, tango filosophy, tango life style.....Hopefully June got the best of it, right to her heart- with all her senses!

Kenley S.
Kenley S. for Crash Course of the City

moved out to the bay area...almost 3 years ago now, but haven't had much time/energy to really explore the city beyond the typical tourist areas, and parts that are covered in the blogosphere. June gave me a good take on parts of Hayes Valley and Inner Richmond and showed me some cool places (bookstore, an aquarium!) that I'm confident I'd never find on my own--what was great is that she actually tailored the tour based on what I'd done in the city before so I didn't end up seeing stuff I'd already figured out on my own.

Mark L.

June hid in the bushes throughout the event - a different technique than what is recommended, but it seems she had a great time. Maybe next time!

Agam H.
Agam H. for Stairwell Stomp

I was looking for an unusual tour of San Francisco and this was just perfect. You won't really get stomped by the endless stairs because you're feasted with incredible view. Thanks to June who was willing to start out early in the morning!

Tim R.
Tim R. for Vayable HQ Tour

Trust me, this tour is epic. I can honestly say that I lived it.

Emmett S.
Emmett S. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

June always comes through with advice from an unexpected angle. I've never felt so understood!

Koby W.
Koby W. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

If you're debating even the slightest about booking this experience, doooooo it. June was super helpful and accommodating. Now I know all the hot spots in SF. Charm school's never been so fun. Thanks, June!

Leon K.
Leon K. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

I guess she delivered, but I, personally, am very disappointed.

Lynn T.
Lynn T. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

Before meeting June I had never been one to gracefully say no to anything. June stepped me through the importance of saying no, the basics of setting boundaries, and how to plan and execute a socially responsible rejection. I highly recommend her for anyone seeking No help.

Yishan W.
Yishan W. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

I too am a pretty nerdy guy and was skeptical of June's ability to get a date with women. Color me surprised, when within a week or so of my session, she had quite a few dates lined up, and I even slept with most of them! Thanks, June!

Kevin M.
Kevin M. for Social Charm: Geek Edition

I am a pretty nerdy guy and was skeptical when June said she could help me. I had two dates within a week of my session with her and have now been going steady with one of the girls for THREE MONTHS! Thanks, June!

J L.
J L. for Stairwell Stomp

Great experience! June customized a tour for us, and we got to see many parts of the city we'd never know existed before. She's extremely meticulous and knowledgable, and also a very chill tour guide. I highly recommend this, though be prepared for the workout!

Raihana R.
Raihana R. for Crash Course of the City

The Whirlwind Introduction to SF is a great little tour for first-time visitors to San Francisco. June takes care to incorporate your personal interests into her tour, so I got to explore the Mission (where the good food, ice cream and coffee live), look at street art, admire the views of the city from Mission Dolores Park, and then finish up at a live gig at Yoshi's. Throughout the tour, June would also explain the history of each neighbourhood we visited. I highly recommend signing up for this tour!

Heather K.

I enjoyed showing June and her boyfriend, Topher around Portland. We did a hybrid of two of my tours and I was able to take them to one of my favorite food carts in addition to sharing some of the fun facts about Portland.

Steve M.
Steve M. for Crash Course of the City

The whirlwind introduction was great. I saw fantastic views of the city (and beyond) from twin peaks, explored the fascinating Sutro Baths ruin, and got an insider's view of the mission and Hayes Valley and the Mission. The guide was knowledgeable, informative and generous with her time. (I'll probably write something longer on my blog, and let you know.)