My first Trip to San Francisco 16th Feb/22nd Feb

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Shiney Shiney

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.

My Bed
As the coach pulled up, we stopped outside The Hotel Whitcomb. It had huge windows & revolving doors that caught the sun everytime they went round. Stepping into the hotel lobby was an experiance in its self, but walking into my hotel room was just something else! A huge double bed, a walk in closet & a delicious shower room.

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!.

Some ov the gang
My day trip to Alcatraz was beautiful. The sun was out, with just alittle breeze. I enjoyed Alcatraz that much, I have done its very own review (if you would like to take a peek).

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.

Yummie
That there was so many people, with no place to go and with no visable aid. Though, I may stand corrected, I am conducting personal research into this with some help from people at uni & people with whom I work with at my job. I may update this bit....When I get some more information.

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.

On the tram service you can buy a day passport, a 3 day passport or a weekley passport. This will take you on any of the trams, on some buses and some metro rail services. 

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.

 

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Shiney Shiney
Shiney Shiney
My Bed
My Bed
Some ov the gang
Some ov the gang
Yummie
Yummie
Flying the Flag
Flying the Flag
Tram
Tram
Tram Tracks
Tram Tracks
Driver
Driver
Hills
Hills
Crabby
Crabby
As it says, Pier 39
As it says, Pier 39
Big Daddy
Big Daddy
The gang of seals
The gang of seals
Rainforest Cafe, Im told they have…
Rainforest Cafe, Im told they hav…
Me & Kurmie
Me & Kurmie
Monkeying around
Monkeying around
Me & My monkey
Me & My monkey
At our first American Diner
At our first American Diner
Spanish Food
Spanish Food
The Uni gang on the ferry to the G…
The Uni gang on the ferry to the …
The Rock
The Rock
Catching The Rays
Catching The Rays
A lovely little home (well not lit…
A lovely little home (well not li…
Mr Heron was nice enough 2 pose fo…
Mr Heron was nice enough 2 pose f…
Up close to his lovely greyness
Up close to his lovely greyness
At a distance
At a distance
Nelly
Nelly
Sprinkle Sprinkle
Sprinkle Sprinkle
The Golden Gate, & The Gate clock
The Golden Gate, & The Gate clock
Alcatraz sign, with the Indian Sig…
Alcatraz sign, with the Indian Si…
A Main building
A Main building
Followww me.....
Followww me.....
Alot of Alcatraz was being restore…
Alot of Alcatraz was being restor…
Ivy Steps
Ivy Steps
Local Mr Gull
Local Mr Gull
Mr Gull footprints (Web prints per…
Mr Gull footprints (Web prints pe…
The entrance to the Main Prison, w…
The entrance to the Main Prison, …
A Saying from an Inmate
A Saying from an Inmate
Rules & Regs, that all inmates rec…
Rules & Regs, that all inmates re…
Maps
Maps
Maps
Maps
The only games the inmates have.
The only games the inmates have.
The Yard where the inmates went …
The "Yard" where the inmates went…
The views of the Golden Gate bridg…
The views of the Golden Gate brid…
The Outside.
The Outside.
Me & my audio tour.
Me & my audio tour.
Behind Bars.
Behind Bars.
The Uniform.
The Uniform.
The wardens run down house.
The wardens run down house.
A tour boat.
A tour boat.
Flowers.
Flowers.
Inside the wardens house.
Inside the wardens house.
More views.
More views.
The fallen Light House.
The fallen Light House.
The US flag. If you can see, the m…
The US flag. If you can see, the …
Explaining, why the flag says free.
Explaining, why the flag says free.
A warning to all.
A warning to all.
Heading to China Town
Heading to China Town
Entrance
Entrance
Lantern Lights.
Lantern Lights.
Breackie.
Breackie.
The Bart, (tube?)
The Bart, (tube?)
The Entrance to Berkeley Uni
The Entrance to Berkeley Uni
The clock tower
The clock tower
Close up.
Close up.
Art for the Peoples Park.
Art for the Peoples Park.
The Indians.
The Indians.
Public.
Public.
A doggy decided to go for a dip.
A doggy decided to go for a dip.
A class room facility... Rather po…
A class room facility... Rather p…
Doggy wanted another dip
Doggy wanted another dip
American Bike.
American Bike.
A diner
A diner
Me & my drinkie.
Me & my drinkie.
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Music
Music
As it says...
As it says...
Foood
Foood
Me holding onto the Tram with my I…
Me holding onto the Tram with my …
Art
Art
Close up
Close up
Fishermans Wharf - Clock tower
Fishermans Wharf - Clock tower
Fishermans whaf - fish market
Fishermans whaf - fish market
Food!
Food!
Live food
Live food
Which one to have?
Which one to have?
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