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Published: June 12th 2009
San Fran and Trams
The trams were everywhere, but we didn't ride one, even though Harry suggested it...we've got a budget to stick to!
Well, San Francisco was warmer than London that’s for sure. Most folk we saw were wearing jackets, but Pen and I were in Shorts and T-shirts. It was mostly quite warm while we were there. We arrived in downtown San Fran and wandered up towards our hostel, which was up. The thing about San Francisco is that there are a lot of hills. Some of them you just look at and feel the burn in calves already.
We were approached by an older black fellow who said to us, where you going? Where you going guys? We said to our hostel and he said, you’re going the wrong way, I’m your guide, I’ll take you there. However we could see our street and we knew we weren’t going the wrong way. We kept going and thought hmmm, we’ve only been here 30 mins and we’ve almost been scammed already!
We got to the Amsterdam hostel, found our beds and then took a nap seeing as we were both shattered. Then we went to find some scran and found a cheap little café which had pesto pasta for Pen, and a Pesto wrap for me…and we came
Apparently famous, we didn't know that...but it was pretty cool.
under our $20 budget as well! We were pretty determined to stick to our $60 a day budget for San Fran. Then we went back, read our books for a bit and passed out. For a little while anyways, until Penny had a horrible migraine headache and had to unpack her whole bag to find her painkillers. She had been up from about 1pm till about 5pm with a migraine and only got back to bed a little after 5pm. She didn’t want to wake up the other 4 people in our dorm, but in the end she just couldn’t take it any more.
After a rather restless nights sleep for both of us, with about 5 hours sleep we went downstairs to make our waffles. The hostel provided a waffle maker, and mix and they were pretty good! We then set out to hire a couple of bikes, and after I took us the wrong way at first, we finally got going in the right direction.
We hired two bikes for 24hrs, for $40 (eek, there goes the budget) and cycled down to Pier 39 to see the sea lions and also to get a few photo’s
How you doin?
This bigger sea lion was enquiring as to how the littler sea lion was doing.
of Alcatraz, then we headed off to see and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m still wondering why it’s called the golden gate bridge when it’s really a rusty colour? Anyways, we stopped about a hundred times to get a hundred photo’s of the bridge from different angles. Then we cycled over it towards Saucolito a small sea side section of San Fran. We found a 7/11 and managed to get some grub for less than $20 which meant we were just about on budget for the day…but dinner was still to come! We then decided to cycle over the mountains to see a lighthouse and head back.
Oops. That is where the wheels fell off the wagon. We got a little lost and ended up doing far more cycling up hill than we’d planned, and Pen was not a happy camper. One upside to this was that we saw a few Turkey Vultures circling around overhead….we were just hoping they weren’t circling waiting for us to keel over! We eventually got to the peak of the mountain roads we were following and there were some nice views. We then flew downhill, got a little lost again, and
The response was pretty much leave me alone!
finally got back to drop off the bikes a happy, but tired couple of bodies.
We went back and made some alfredo pasta and stuffed our faces, and didn’t go too over our budget. Then it was off to bed. Our last day we spent packing up our stuff, and caught up on washing and our blog, and at the Laundromat Penny had the pleasure of meeting a psycho woman who told Penny to move her stuff because she was taking up the womans space. Then she rambled on about someone being an alcoholic because she spoke to everyone. Nutjob! We also went to a charity shop where Pen got a pair of Jeans for $7 that fit her like a glove, she was a happy fishy. I picked up another pair of swimmers, with a bit of Hawaiian style to them. After we’d done all this we just chilled reading our books, and surfing the net. It was one of the few lazy days we had, and it was awesome! We went down and made some Thai noodles for dinner, and met this slightly strange Israeli guy who kept talking about how hard life was in the Israeli
Nice day for a dip
It was a nice day to go for a swim.
army for him, and how unhappy he was. He also kept looking at me in a funny way. So we left after dinner and headed up to do a bit more packing and then off to bed early because we were up at 5:00 the next morning to get to the airport.
The next morning we were up with no major drama’s and got to the airport, checked in and had a slight problem with check in because although we’d checked in for some reason the machine wasn’t printing out tickets for our bags. It took the staff a while, but they got there in the end…and it was through the gates, and on the plane. Next stop…..Hawaii!
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