Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 02, 2012

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Had a little lie in, breakfast and then out the door for my Alcatraz tour at 12.35. Decided to take the historic F Line which is like a big two-car tram. It was cool but took forever. Got slightly worried I was going to miss my boat..

Made it just in time, boarded and set sail for Alcatraz Island. Not as sunny as the previous few days but sat on the top deck to take it all in. There's a definite eeriness about the place. As we got off the boat a lady gave us an introductory talk about the history. Headed up to the prison where there's a 45 minute audio tour around the cells. It's narrated by ex-inmates and prison officers so the real deal. Really enjoyed if - at points they played sound effects and really got a feel for what it was like. Especially when they were talking about the Battle of Alcatraz in which inmates killed so many officers and the place got mines dropped in. You can still see the impact marks on the floor. Also got to go in a solitary confinement cell which gave me a right chill.

Tour over I wandered to see the view of San Francisco which was really good. First time I've seen the Golden Gate hidden by fog. Caught the boat back and went for my final clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf - definitely the best one! Spent the whole time eating it starring out a massive seagull who was eyeing it up.

Caught the F Line back to the city and wandered around the Market Street shops for a while. Back to the hostel, I cooked some dinner and read before an early one. A bit beaten by the past 2 days and jet lag. Annoying then that some guys outside decided to talk really loudly for hours. Then the girl on the top bunk got back from the pub crawl, turned the light on and made loads of noise. So inconsiderate! When she tried to close the window (it's baking in there) I told her.. No.
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