San Francisco

Our time in the USA is almost over, 5 weeks have flown by and we are soon going to experience a complete culture shock when we hit the Cook Islands.

But I had better let you all know of our experiences in San Francisco. To be honest it wasn’t like I had expected to be, don’t ask me what I had expected because I’m not totally sure, but it kind of didn’t seem the same as it looks in the movies. I know this is a bad reference but for most its all we have.

Our hotel in SF was great, we got a good deal and it was cheaper than some hostels (nice one Lucy & Wes). We also enjoyed the perks of an Ensuite bathroom, a fridge, a microwave and cableTV. Having a TV made our evenings cheap as restaurants, bars and clubs can be very expensive. The hotel is situated about a block away from Union Square which is the main shopping and eating area of SF.

You can certainly get fit when walking around this city as some of the hills you have to climb are extremely long and almost vertical. But we can say proudly that we have only used the bus once and that was to visit the Golden Gate Park which is situated right on the other side of the city. We didn’t stop at just walking the hills to get fit though! We also took a 4 hour walk from our hotel to Fisherman’s Wharf then to Golden Gate Bridge, over the bridge and then down into the sleepy town of Sausalito. From here we had to take the ferry back to SF which was nice because the sun was starting to go down. This walk was a bit of a mission but well worth the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the walk over it was awesome.

Today Bobbie and I took a trip to Alcatraz which was really interesting especially when we got put into what they called "The Hole". This was a cell that when the door was shut you couldn’t see anything, it was really cool to be allowed to be shut in there and experience the isolation, even if 15 other people were in there with us. The whole cell area was quite spooky and you really got a feel of what it must have been to do time there. We spent nearly 4 hours just wandering around listening to our audio tour or listening to guest speakers of what it was like back in the day. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

The rest of our time here has been spent checking out all the other sites like Pier 39 with the sea-lion that camp out right next to the pier. I think they set up home here back in 1990 just after an earthquake. And of course window shopping with Bobbie!  I think we are quite glad that our next stop isn’t going to be a city as they can start to look the same after a while. Not that we haven’t enjoyed it but I don’t think we have spent so much time in a city environment in all my life.

We also got to experience the 4th of July celebrations. Bobbie and I loaded ourselves whiskey and joined in. Basically everyone goes down to Pier 39 where there are bands and entertainment during the day and then in the evening there is a big firework display over the bay. The display was Ok I would say as good as Eastbourne’s display on 5th of Nov but it just lasted alot longer!

Oh and we managed to go see Superman Returns last Saturday. It was Ok the plot was a tad shaky in places but it had some good special effects. I’m not sure if its out in the UK but if anyone has seen it let me know your thoughts. We are off to see Pirates of the Caribbean tomorrow. I hope its better than Superman!

Right I must be off I have a Safeway Signature Sandwich to eat. Mmmm!



3 Responses

  1. Looks and sounds like your having a fantastic time, stay safe and looking forward to seeing some more pictures.Han x x

  2. Yeah, just driftin’ about sharing what may be THE amswer to the question that has plagued mankind for a millenium….A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is leaning against the headboard smoking a cigarette, with a satisfied smile on its face.The egg, looking a bit pissed off, grabs the sheet, rolls over, and says, "Well, I guess we finally answered THAT question."….OK, maybe not….

  3. ….Ok….Thats good to know!: )

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