San Francisco Outskirts

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ah well plans are made to be broken I guess and certainly the ones that we had made to get into the centre of San Francisco today were. The lure of a lie in proved too much to resist, so we didn't leave the hotel room until well after midday. Having finally got out of bed, we headed North in search of some energy restoring calories, finding a handily placed enormo mall about ten miles up the road.

Most of the malls that we've visited have huge food courts, serving every possibly (junk) food you could want and even better, free samples of food being given away. This mall was no exception, so Lynne and I picked our junk food of choice and then settled down to watch how Americans spend their Saturday afternoons.

After that, we had a leisurely stroll through the mall, where a delighted Lynne found a Disney Store and a Bear Factory (or Build-a-Bear Factory as it's called out here), whilst I rolled my eyes a lot. Until we came across a Tower Records and a bookstore, at which point the roles were reversed. Still we were both good budget conscious people and managed to avoid the temptation to purchase anything.

Without meaning to, we somehow managed to spend the rest of the afternoon at the mall, until it reached the point that it was really too late for us to venture further into San Francisco, which was a shame. Instead we decided to head back to our hotel, only stopping for long enough for a quick visit to a Safeway supermarket for provisions. Even in supermarkets it's impossible to find reasonably sized portions, their smallest sized packets of crisps are the size of pillows! It is far more expensive to buy food from supermarkets out here than in the UK, in fact Americans must be far better off moneywise getting takeaway and eating out every night of the week. Shopping in Safeway on a Saturday afternoon, I didn't need to travel all the way to America to get that, it's just like being back at home!

The weatherman gleefully predicted 4-5 inches of rain over the next few hours, I hope that he's got it wrong, otherwise I might have to dig out the emergency poncho for the first time on the trip!
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