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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

(Not so sunny) San Francisco!

I am having SO much fun!  I've only just gotten out of bed after a bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and now that I'm trying to start writing it's hit me how many brain cells I killed last night.  It was so worth it, the nightclub we went to was out of this world!  But more on that later, for now let me tell you all about my time in San Francisco.

First, and most importantly, San Francisco is damn cold!  When I was packing I figured I'm going to California so I hardly brought any warm clothes and it was such a mistake, I was totally frozen!  We stayed just outside San Fran in a cute little town called Walnut Creek and it was far enough from the mist and smog to bless us with some great weather.  Our resort was so posh, and as soon as we arrived and met up with Ben's parent's we got down to the serious business of wine and dinner while watching the sun set.


It was fantastic.  It was so nice to catch up with loved ones that he's been missing for months.  Dinner would have been a lot better if it hadn't let to my getting food poisoning on the first proper day of my trip!  I spent the morning being horribly sick and feeling incredibly sorry for myself.  I've never had food poisoning before (although don't tell that to any of my employers!) and it was a complete nightmare!  Not something I want to re-create any time soon!  Since I was so under the weather, we spent the whole morning lounging around the pool perfecting our tans and reading stupid magazines.


Eventually I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself (a challenge for me, I'm a huge baby when I'm sick) and check out the city.  We bought pretzels and squeeze cheese from the street vendors and found this amazing Japanese dessert shop serving up all sorts of decadent creations I didn't even try to pronounce..


We had no idea what any of it was but I just had to try something and we ended up getting this weird pancake sandwich filled with red bean jelly.  My love for wacko foreign food knows no bounds!  We strolled through the city and contemplated going for a ride on the street cars but once we saw the outrageous queue we changed our minds pretty quickly.  I think it's so important to keep perspective when you're on holiday.  Yes, streetcars are a San Francisco icon but do you really want to stand around for two hours only to get crammed into a little car filled with loud, sweaty tourists?  I'll pass!  Instead we did a bit of shopping and went for lunch at an old fashioned diner.  I had an amazing root beer float. 


The culprit for our less than luscious weather was all the mist and smog, I've never seen anything like it!  It felt like walking through a city in the sky with the clouds around your ears.  I visited the Betsey Johnson shop and drooled over all the dresses I can't afford.  After we left my boyfriend said "I don't understand why you would want to dress like a cupcake."  Men just don't understand, do they?

The only "warm" clothes I brought!
The following day was just hard core tourism.  We visited Alcatraz, which was way cooler than I expected.  The whole time we were there I was trying to transport myself and imagine what it must have been like.  Ben and I both agree they need to do tours where they re-enact it and treat you like a prisoner for a couple hours. So creepy!  Anywhere that has a "Gun Gallery" is too scary for me!  It's easy to understand why they were so desperate to escape with the city so close on the horizon.  Gazing day after day at freedom so near, but so out of reach would drive me crazy, too.  Only three men have ever properly escaped with their whereabouts still unknown.  The tour guide said they probably drowned, but I like to think they're all in South America drinking margaritas and toasting their freedom.

We went to Fisherman's Wharf and had beautiful, rich clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.  So delicious, and I don't even like clam chowder!  My favorite part of the whole city was easily the Pier 39, especially the sea lions.  They are so fucking cute!  They're like the dogs of the sea.  They bark, have whiskers and get in silly arguments.  I could have spent hours watching them.

It was so wonderful, and Las Vegas has been completely insane, I can't wait to tell you about it.  Our friends are getting married tomorrow and I was so stumped about what to get them for a wedding present.  They make about 20 times what I do, so anything I could buy them....they could buy a better one!  So what's a girl to do?  Give a gift that money can't buy!  I've been secretly videoing everything this week.  The gang at dinner, lounging around the pool, her bachelorette party and the wedding tomorrow.  I'm going to edit it all together and give them a surprise wedding video!  I'm so excited!

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