My first Trip to San Francisco 16th Feb/22nd Feb
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Being my very first trip to a American City, filled me with excitment & nerves, but also a bit of dread.
With the credict crunch, the English pound to the Dollor left my with very little dollor to the english I had got converted. Hence, I had to pre-plan how much I could spend daily & limit my self to the amount of prezzies I got for loved ones, (which I admit is what I love about going away, getting little gifts).
However, I had my case packed, my money hidden in a safe place & my camera close to hand. The plane journey there took 10 hours, which was ok. Im not one for sleeping on planes, I just watch movies, read & listen to my IPOD. Once we landed & went through customs (which was quick) we got on our coach that would take us to our hotel.
The trips included a day trip to Alcatraz; A walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, a trip to Berkeley Uni, Santa Cruz & much more. The weather was hit & miss, but alot better than the snow I had been enough of at home. The first two days, the heavens opened & the rain toppled down. The remaining days were filled with sun with the odd shower and overcast clouds, however, anything is better than snow!.
My best experiance was a night out in the Spanish "domain" as such in the South part of San Fran. We went to an all Spanish speaking Bar, with Latino drinks & Latino dancing. :) Perhaps I have some Spanish in me? Perhaps! :)
Something I did find very hard to come to terms with was the amount of homeless people out on the streets. For such a "developing country", I did not excpect to see so many. I work with the homeless as a profession & I know, the true numbers are unknown and that help out there for those people can be limited. However, it seemed to be unreal.
While going on these trips and doing what girls do best, shopping, a found it hard to add the tax to prices shown on the shelves. In England if a shop says £9.99, I pay £9.99. In the Us, the tag would say $9.99 & then I would have to add tax onto it, which all said & done isnt that easy when you have a mind like a dyslexic frog. However, I managed with alittle help from my friends. While on the money subject, to get around America, you need to right money! If you get on a bus or tram, you wont get change! So make sure you have the right amount, which I learnt the hard way, having only a $20 note on me, and had to miss the bus I wanted, go to a shop, get change & then go on the next bus with the correct amount.
For a place to go sight seeing, San Francisco is an excellent place to go, If your like me and get slightly nervous about being in such a B.I.G city, it may not be ideal to stay however it is a must. So is the trip to Alcatraz. It was a once in a life time experiance, that I would never miss & would do again in a heart beat.