We left our hearts in San Francisco...

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
Trip End Jun 09, 2010

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Friday, May 1, 2009

It was an early 5am start for us to catch the plane to San Francisco which was lovely and sunny when we arrived.  We checked in at our hostel for our first experience of the hostel lifestyle, I must admit I was nervous to begin with (like the new girl at school!) but I soon settled in to the place and got pretty comfortable there! We went for a walk around the bay and got our first taste of the stunning views that we had heard so much about. 
   We then found ourselves walking home via about 3 of the biggest hills I have ever experienced and so then it was early to bed as we had been awake since 2am San Francisco time!

The next day we went to get our tickets for Alcatraz, and then to Lombard Street - the famous crooked road that you will have seen in films etc. It was a steep climb but we got some great views from the top. As we were feeling touristy, we thought that a trip on the old cable cars should be our next adventure and so off we went! - It was our turn to visit Alcatraz the next day and so we went to catch the ferry across the bay to the island. There was plenty to do and see and we spent most of the day here listening to the audio tour, watching films and listening to tour guides telling us all about the past of the island, more than just that of it being a prison. Right aligned photo tag: Luke was made up with it and especially liked seeing Frank Morris' cell (the guy who the film Escape from Alcatraz was based on and was alledgedly one of 5 guys thought to have escaped alive) The views of the city and the golden gate bridge were fantastic but the wind was fierce and going out in the yard was not a pleasant experience! That night, lets just say is a bit of blur...the guys from the hostel suggested we all go to a bar in the Castro district of town, which is the predominantly gay area of San Francisco. They twisted our arms by informing us that it was 80s night and therefore we could get Cosmopolitan cocktails for just 80cents. We thought - hell yeah! we're there! We thought we'd probably need 10 of these so called cocktails each before we even felt drunk....but we were wrong. Very wrong! The photos seem to speak for themselves. It was messy to say the least but a great night all in all!

The following day was a write off - we had planned on hiring bikes but instead we lay in bed with the worst hangovers til about 8pm at night! We managed to drag ourselves out of bed to go to visit Twin Peaks from which you can get a 360degree view of SanFrancisco from way up high. At night the view is gorgeous with everything lit up although my camera couldnt really capture it very well. (note how hungover i look!) The next day was "Sports Day!" which involved firstly going to watch Man Utd v Arsenal in a random German bar as it was the only place we knew of that was showing it. Luke was happy with the win. And then that evening it was off to watch the San Francisco Giants v the Los Angeles Dodgers at the AT&T Ball Park. We went with Kat from Australia and Kevin from England who we had met at the hostel. It was an experience! I realised that baseball is pretty much like rounders, but just glammed up! It was great to get a hot dog, listen to the organ playing silly tunes and watch the crazy americans singing along to random songs and taking part in "the kiss cam" etc in between innings. Baseball is pretty boring though, lets admit it, and we were all pleased to see a fight kicking off between two woman just in front of us! Thats what happens when you buy the cheapest seats tho hey - riff raff! haha!

For our final day in San Francisco, we finally got round to hiring some bikes and riding across the Golden Gate Bridge. We rode over the bridge to Vista Point where you can get some good views of the city and then back again. As we hadnt yet been to the Golden Gate Park, we then thought we should take the cycle route there - it looked close on the map! But it was a pure hike!! We got to ride through some nice neighbourhoods though, did a costal trail and got some great views of the pacific ocean. We rode through the Golden Gate Park and saw some lovely waterfalls and beautiful gardens. Unfortunately after 6 hours on the bikes, our enthusiasm was waning by this point and we had to return the bikes by 8pm so we headed back through town to the bike hire place and then collapsed in a heap back at the hostel after a well earned In and Out burger!(great tasty burgers that you must try if ever near the west coast of america!)

The next day we arranged to hire a car to drive to Yosemite National Park and you will hear all about that in the next blog!......... 

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