Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Richmond/Berkeley
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... past "Mama's" (a 15 table restaurant where tourist line up to get in), and down to Pier 39 to grab breakfast at Boudins for the famous San Fran sourdough bread...which tastes exactly like every other sourdough (am I supposed to say that?). We followed our ears down to the platforms where the sea lions gather on floating docks. Sooo cute... So loud...ark...ark...ark... The Rock... Down the street we entered the queue ...
When you're travelling, it is important to pay attention to time. You think about what time your next flight is. Calculating how much extra time to allow for rush hour so you don't arrive at the airport late. How long should you allow for your connection so that you don't miss it? How long is the cross-country bus driver stopping for his lunch break so you don't miss getting back on board in time? What time is check-in and check-out at your hostel? What time are the ...
... China first.
The drive over the Bay Bridge was routine (although the view of and from the new section is very nice) and parking was not a problem. The recent fire at the Chinese consulate was not an issue because the visa office was around the corner from it. We were passed through Security, took a number and waited about five minutes. Hearing our number, we went to the appropriate window and passed through our four paged applications and passports under the little window like ...
... filled with one person. I was amazed….no
carpool as many of the Europeans fill their cars and all small cars; instead I
saw big cars all empty. And in Asia the highway would have been a mess of motorbikes.
The train was quiet and so nice and clean, rather new looking and no people, my cart was nearly empty. Why aren't the American publicusing this great tool? A train ride to think and digest the thoughts, instead of focusing on the rush rush of jumping in ...
... are expensive there, esp if you're a Berkeley-eque mom who does the all natural, half organic, but sometimes cheap route. So that's why I decided to bring own diapers, Burt's bee shampoo (twice the cost in Taiwan!), towels (they seem to use small towels for baths) and Children's Advil. And must not forget those very useful earplugs! I will be sleeping ...
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