A Day in JC Penney

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some would say that spending a day of our precious 4 days in San Francisco shopping for clothes is a waste. I would probably, 3 days later agree – however it was a necessity. We ordered about $300 worth of clothes while sitting in our campervan in New Zealand allowing us to pick them all up on arrival and save a bit of time and money. Our bags packed with shorts, T-shirts and swimwear were just not going to suffice for the wintry conditions expected in Chicago and New York; it was cold enough just getting to the shopping centre.

We found it very easy to manage the BART train to Daly City and the local bus to the Serramonte Centre and so within 45 minutes of leaving our hostel in central San Francisco we were out in the burbs and walking around JC Penney.

Our clothes were there waiting for us and so I began bracing myself for the onslaught of depression which always occurs when Kate orders clothes and for whatever reason they don't fit. We took our two bags of clothes and grabbed a changing room and success! Most of the clothes fit and they were liked (including the coat I chose for Kate!) – I was so very pleased. We returned a good $100 and then bought about $150 worth of clothes leaving us both with a brand new wardrobe. We arrived at about 10am and we left at about 3pm.

The people in the shopping centre were polite and helpful, even though the weather was a little miserable and there just seems to be an abundance of Christmas cheer which has been missing for the past couple of weeks. San Francisco has cheer in spades. Our journey back through the city was a little busier with the crowds coming out for the evening’s late night shopping but the people just added to the atmosphere. A dancer just outside Powell station freaked me out a little with his double jointed moves, but he was popular with the crowds and the lights and Christmas tunes outside Macy’s at Union Square made us both smile.

Selecting somewhere to have dinner took us around the houses a little with indecisiveness but in the end we entered a Thai restaurant just across the road from the hostel. It was a nice meal, reasonably priced but their 'hot’ curry just didn’t seem to cut the mustard. It didn’t seem to have any kick to it. Maybe my taste buds have changed or something.

The restaurant was quiet but for an American girl from the hostel and an older businessman type on his own. The older single man (I hope he was single or he’s a real scumbag) asking the waitress out on a date if she could spare him some time in the next couple of weeks was something new; he was desperately trying to big himself up and said he would visit again next week when she was working again. You don’t see that kind of thing too often and it was a little sweet really.

We already like San Francisco; we’re struggling to find things we don’t like about it.
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