Let the travels begin

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

After quitting my job, which was pretty awkward, we started our travels and headed off on the first part of the adventure. We caught the train from Glenwood Springs to San Francisco. The overnight train trip was really cool! We upgraded to a cabin, which was really comfy with the chairs folding down into beds. The meals were included and it was a communal affair in the dining card so we met a whole lot of other passengers. The train wound its way down from the Rockies; through a very barren Utah; through the Sierra in California and down to the greenness of California. The biggest shock and the most amazing thing to see was bright green again after 4 months in the white.

San Francisco was a very cool city and different to anywhere we had been to before in America with a great atmosphere. We stayed in a cool hostel on the edge of China Town which meant we were basically in San Fran's red light district. The area was really busy with lots of restaurants; cafes spilling out into the street and overcrowded Chinese shops. Chilling in the park or spending the afternoon sipping coffee on the sidewalk seems to be the favourite pastimes of the locals.

We did a lot of walking up and down the twisty, steep streets all over the town and the views are really impressive. We only caught a tram once because they are so expensive but somehow we managed to not pay for the trip that we took – bonus. One of the best things we did was to hire bikes and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to the other side of the bay – it was a long ride but really worth it. Unfortunately, mine was broken and I kept having to stop and screw the peddles back on. We went through Sausalito, a very cute shoreline village which reminded us of Kalk Bay, and then on to the giant redwood trees before catching the ferry back. The trips to Alcatraz were sold out so we couldn’t go but we walked (and walked) to Golden Gate Park to see the bison and then wandered around Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco is a great place that prides itself in being slightly different. We really enjoyed it and it reminded us of Cape Town, and Kate said that it is definitely where she would most like to live if she had to move to the U.S.
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slunia on

Heyy mate... just read your entry... Interesting enough :D. Well, lemme know if you come to India. I love to travel and make friends... Add me on facebook if you fancy - ww.facebook.com/chuha or search 'Shobhit Lunia'. I
will be travelling around the world someday... would be glad to have you as a friend :D


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