a few days ago i traveled to monterey. now i have to be perfectly honest, i just wasn't that impressed. it sounds like back in steinbeck's time it was a vibrant place but any evidence of that, ie the canneries themselves, is gone and replaced with generic tourist shops. that being said, the place was not without its own gems, especially the adorable seals near the beaches.
i was definitely pleased to find my hostel was an old carpenter's union hall.