Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Brad got 4 weeks off this summer from school and research so we are using this time to fit in 3 fabulous trips. Trip one Brad already took a week to visit Colorado and do a sweet backpacking trip with his old roommate, he still has to post that one since I wasn’t there. Trip two, San Francisco. I would name this itinerary ‘tourist and beyond.’ We took transit everywhere, well besides the taxi Brad and I had to get from the airport in the middle of the night. We saw the Golden Gate, the Warf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli square (and got three pieces of free sample chocolates), rode the cable car, and did all the typical tourist in San Fran things to do. But in addition we had food culture day: Japantown we had a Japanese bakery treat made with some sort of ground up rice, The Mission we ate at a taqueria, Chinatown we had an eggy custard cup, in Little Italy we had gelato, and even the hippie district (Haight/Ashbury) we had wonderful crepes. We also visited my work and got to see the traffic wall up in action. We visited the Golden Gate park and tried to get in a beach day, but as warned the nor cal beaches just aren’t as warm as so cal. Even though we didn’t end up changing into our swimmies we still made sure our feet got wet. There were two things that I failed at for the trip, first our hotel was in a pretty bad area of town so we got to enjoy hearing the shady characters outside our hotel all night, and two I didn’t get Alcatraz tickets in time. So next time you plan a trip to SF make sure you get your Alcatraz tickets before hand because they do sell out. So instead of going to Alcatraz we took a sail boat tour which went by it and under the Golden Gate Bridge too. All in all it was nice to see our friends again and show them the real Sco.