San Francisco

Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 24, 2012

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Friday, August 17, 2012

After a sad goodbye to the goats, horses, donkeys and fluffy bantam chickens we headed for San Francisco. It's only an hour from where we stayed last night so the drive was ok.  The kids are slowly getting used to the car again – it was tough at the beginning since they’ve been 2 months without car seats!  As soon as we get in the car Rowan asks for 2 bits of dried spaghetti to play his imaginary drums, demands jojo and Arnaud to do air guitar and me to do the weewoos (random wind instrument).  So this road trip has mostly been us imaginary jamming to various tunes as we go!  

As a bonus we arrived into San Fran via the golden gate bridge – we weren’t expecting that!  Another thing we werent expecting was our hotel to be so nice – another great surprise!  Hotels in SF are so expensive and so I’d chosen what looked the best in our budget.  On the internet it looks like your great old aunties done the décor – brown carpets, brown bedspreads and dubious orange accessories (obviously not my great auntie sheena mind you since she’s the height of fashion!).  In fact it was a lovely little boutique hotel in a large Victorian building.  The whole room actually reminded me of my totty granny and grandpas flat in Gardner street – even the woodchip wall paper and street noise were the same.  A cool place indeed.  In fact everyone here is so cool.  You can spot the people that live here since they are all so trendy and fashionable and look like they all went to art school. It does have a west end glasgow kida feel about it but without the pretentiousness.  I like it lots!

After lunch in a very cool café (it’s full of cool cafes here you never struggle to find one) we hopped on board the open top bus tour and saw all the various attractions and went over and back the bridge again - 3 times in one day! They have a massive chinese population here so for dinner we ventured to china town and had a great meal.  I had a cocktail with a chinese spirit in it which I’d never heard of and it made my head go numb.  Then I drank my beer through a straw and my legs went numb.  I would love to say now that I went straight to bed and it was a happy ending, but no, we ended up walking for miles and miles to get home.  Arnaud has successfully navigated us all through every city we’ve been to so I didn’t really question our route home…. However, after walking for about an hour and a half I was beginning to lose the plot, especially since every street here is a MASSIVE hill (another thing it has in common with gardner street!).  It’s incredible how steep they are and after pushing the pram up and down mountains for over an hour I could have killed Arnaud when we turned up at China town again!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaarghh!  Eventually we made it home 3 hours after leaving the restaurant and I don’t think we could have been more tired or more happy to get home.  Mum, your flip flops woulda been in tatters xxx
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