Courtyard By Marriott Oakland Downtown
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Naturally I got checked for explosives at Adelaide Airport! I think I've only been to Adelaide Airport once without being checked for explosives! The flight from Adelaide to Auckland left on time and arrived a little early. The plane was almost full, but I had a whole row to myself. The food was excellent. Only had just over an hour to wait in Auckland before boarding the flight to ...
... 99 (inc. tax.), I think i may need to already use a second case to take back with me.
Speaking of luggage, while waiting for my bag at the baggage carousel it took ages for it to arrive and when I received it I had noticed that it was unlocked, I opened the case when we got back to the hotel and to find that it had been inspected by the US Homeland and Border Security Personnel, wonder what they were looking for?
... 160 in all) and only five days of touring will be conducive to significant camaraderie. I could be wrong. I will wait and see.
Early start tomorrow. Breakfast at 6:30, Mass for us at 7:30, tour of SF beginning at 8:15. Luckily our body clocks are on Central Standard Time!
PS -- We have lunch plans with Merilyn Preston, whom we met on a Kenya/Tanzania trip. And nephew Pete Douglas and his family might join us ...
Our flight to San Francisco was not a smooth one. We arrived at the airport about 10:30, checked our bags, got through security quickly and got to the gate by 11. Boarding was to begin by 11:30 but alas that was not to be. The captain came to the check in desk and told us that there was a mechanical problem and the mechanics were working on it and hopefully we would get out by 1:00 PM. Luckily there is free WIFI ...
... into Pyrmont and you get an idea why this area has its own postcode. It is mostly filthy, tacky, cheap but authentic. At night time the manhole covers emit steam, just like the movies. Red lanterns swing and rattle above the busy roadways. The smell of Chinese Five Spice wafts from every other doorway. Tourists can be heard asking the locals, "Is the Chinatown area predominantly full of Asians?" who smile and respond with, "Chinatown is also full of ...