San Fran - land of hills

Trip Start Sep 25, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Okay - so it took me a little while to get round to updating the blog - I am very sorry but the next few entries will explain why and hopefully I will be forgiven.
So - San Francisco. I stayed there for six days and could happily have stayed longer. It is an amazing city.
I flew in on the 4th - big day for America. Election day. I was rather surprised that the hostel wasn't doing anything for it - I expected an election party and we would all watch it on the telly. The apathy was a bit odd to be honest. So I plonked myself in front of the internet to watch it unfold. As Ohio went blue and the netwoks called it, I thought "What am I going inside a hostel on a day like this?" so I strode off out into an unfamiliar city to be a part of history being made. It was amazing - San Fran is a democratic city anyway, so it was a good place to be but the atmosphere was electric. There were people singing in the streets and I got hi-fived all the way down the street. It was such an amazing thing to be a part of. It was kind of hilarious seeing all the miserable Republicans walking around as well. Heheh - losers.
So after that, I had to do something fairly astounding to maintain San Fran's appeal so I went to Alcatraz. It is amazign and I would thoroughly recommend visiting it if you are ever in the area. The audio tour is extremely informative and well made. It is absolutely freezing out there though so take a jumper.
It has been a while so I can't remember the order that I did things, but this is the jist.
One day the weather was lovely so I took a bus to the beach. It dropped me off at the top end so I kicked off my shoes and rolled my jeans up to my knees and wandered through the surf before settling into a sand dune and reading a book about surfing that my freind Steve recommended. Pretty much a perfect day. Treid to walk though the Golden Gate Park on the way back but that place is huge so I gave up halfway along and jumped on the bus back.
Another day I went up to Antioch (nearly two hours on the BART - eesh) to meet Steve from Advanced Graphics, who we distribute for and Mary-Ellen from Aeronet who ships us our cargo. They took me out for a lovely lunch - complete with pirate ship sailing past and I got to see the Bay Area hub of Advanced Graphics. Steve then drove me back into the city and we did a little touristy stuff. Drove down Lombard Street which is the twistiest street in the world and then we went up Coit Tower and got a great view of the fog rolling into the bay past the Golden Gate bridge. Then dinner at Bubba Gump shrimp - thank you for a great day guys!
I also spent a couple of afternoons down at Pier 39 - saw the sealions that live in the harbour there and sat around enjoying the sea air for a while. I also rode the cable car a coupld of times which was great fun. You can stand on the running board hanging on for dear life at the side, which of course, I did. And in my head I was running Eddie Izzard's Alcatraz routine all the way down.  
Met some great people in San Fran - bumped into a few people from the hostel in Seattle which was wierd and then there was a stream of great girls in our dorm.
Even though I spent a while there, there is still so much that I didn't get to do - will definately be returning to San Francisco.
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