“There” sculpture, in memory of Gertrude Stein, Oakland, CA ©Author Adventures
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Gertrude Stein’s famous quotation about her hometown, “There is no there there,” is often misinterpreted. It has more to do with the expression “you can’t go home again,” than a general criticism of Oakland.

That said, we did not find much of a “there” left of Gertrude Stein in Oakland, other than the colorful sculpture entitled “There,” in recognition of her quote. After seeing it, be sure to treat yourself to a cupcake from the shop on the corner that faces the sculpture.

We love this example of Gertrude Stein’s writing on the http://www.poetryfoundation.org website at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181675, having yet to be convinced by students that sugar is indeed a vegetable. Check out post-Gertrude Stein’s Oakland: http://www.frommers.com/articles/113.html

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This is the sixth stop on our Northern California Trail!

Patricia Smart