~ Seeya San Fran! ~

Trip Start Feb 07, 2010
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Friday, February 26, 2010

San Francisco – 25022010


I told you that you hadn’t heard the last of me, didn’t I

The last few days have been less hectic than the past few
weeks, which has been a really good thing. The first day of the conference, I
was there from 8am – 5pm, then didn’t end up going in for the workshop from 7pm
– 9pm because of my cold. During the day, Matt visited the National Academy of
Sciences, a really cool place with a rainforest, planetarium, aquarium, gardens,
natural history... all sorts! It was a little pricey, but it seems that there
are many discounts available if you just look for them. He had a great time,
but didn’t stay to see the botanic gardens and other museum because he was
tired. That night we ate at a place called Urban Tavern. The food was good, a
bit pricey though.

Next day, I conferenced it up for the morning only...
During the lunch break, we attempted to go to Fisherman’s Wharf... but it was
POURING! We sloshed about pier 39, saw the sealions, no good views though (dumb
weather). Had a quick lunch and went to see the historic ships / subs, and
instead found Museum Mechanique. This was a very cool little “arcade” run by
the history society, consisting of a large amount of quarter machines from
olden times :D It was dry and fun, however my shoes were soaked through and my
cold was getting worse (gee, I wonder why?) so we didn’t spend long. We took
the tram back to the hotel, where I intended to get dry then head back to the
conference... instead I basically passed out on the bed and slept until dinner
time lol.

We ate then in the hotel restaurant Ponzu, and then went
to the reception/mixer ran by the conference people. Here was some dessert
buffet and a couple of overpriced drinks, with some cool live music. I drank
too much and ate too much and had a great time pretending I wasn’t sick :P

Slept the night through and slept in the next morning,
then headed out to the conference again. It was the last day, so it was pretty
quiet in terms of attendees – meaning I could get a seat in the talks! No more
standing at the back or sitting on the floor for me! :P

After some interesting talks, we headed out to union
square and market street for lunch break, walked around some, did some
shopping, and had Carls Jr for lunch. A few more talks afterwards, and the
conference was over! Matt and I enjoyed some free wine in the hotel lobby and
chatted with some older ladies who are here for sightseeing, I think Matt
really enjoyed talking about politics and the differences between our
countries. The ladies just liked the attention I think lol.

We ate dinner at a Japanese joint that I walked past
every day to get to the conference. We really went all out, buying the most
expensive dishes and drinking lots of sake! It was really fun but expensive – a
nice final diner in USA. Then finally we spent some time in the hotel bar, Matt
drinking cocktails and me eating ice cream! By this stage I’d been through
about two boxes of tissues so I didn’t think a hangover in the morning was a
good idea ;)

So this morning we have packed up our bags (we had to go
buy another new one for all our crap lol), watched some crappy TV, and
basically gotten ready to go. We have to check out soon (noon! Nice) then we’ll
probably sit around the lobby for two hours on our laptops because we don’t
have a lot of money, so we can’t really go anywhere in our final moments ^_^;

I was thinking, what will I miss most about the USA that
I’ve met? I think most of my answers are about ‘economy to scale’; everything
is convenient, cheap, easy... Petrol is so cheap! Good food and service are
easy to find. But there is also a real multicultural aspect to the country I
will miss – Spanish is everywhere, every race is seen all over the place,
living working and breathing as part of the city. My own white country and
white culture has never been so obvious to me as it is now, and I guess I’ll
miss the mix here somewhat. Easy public transport, not worrying about getting
hit by a car when I’m a pedestrian, and the high population density, I’ll miss.

What won’t I miss? Tipping. The noise (San Francisco has
to be the noisiest place I’ve ever been! Not smelly though Trix ;) ), nobody
using their indicators – oh! The wrong side of the road! I will be happy to go home
to the left hand roads lol. Dollar notes and PENNIES I will be so happy to be
rid of my little money! I’m really eager to get home to my family and
friends... But I’ll definitely be back to this wonderful country some day.
<3 <3

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Trixi Oldfield on

I'm so glad you liked the States... and even more heartened to hear it is not smelly!! Maybe I'll put that on my "one day" list!!! I've loved your updates - thanks for doing them.

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