Day two of my adventure - Golden Gate Bridge
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Managed to get a good early start and after helping myself to the free breakfast on offer at my hostel, kindly made by some Austrian backpackers, I was off for my first full day in San Francisco. Chinatown was close by so decided just to wing it a bit and wander the streets to see what I could find. I have previosuly been to Chinatown in London but this one was on a much bigger scale and just felt more authentic. I loved architecture of the buildings and the smells coming from the various restaurants were amazing. I somehow managed to fight the temptation of having a very early lunch and headed for the museum of modern art.
I had previously purchased a city pass so got free entrance to the museum.
Next stop was pier 39 to catch the golden gate ferry tour. Again this part of the city pass package and one of the highlights of my trip. Standing right at the bow of the boat as we approached the bridge I could feel the excitement and anticipation of everyone else on board. As we went underneath the bridge, everyone`s cameras were at their side whilst we all just looked up in awe. The return leg gave some great views of the city and is an experience i`ll never forget.
A short walk from the ferry drop off point is the Aquarium of the bay and again this was part of the city pass.
I`d learnt my lesson the previous day about the cost and eating and drinking in fishermans wharf, so took a short walk to In and Out burger place instead. This had been recommended to me by another travbuddy who had told me to order something and ask for it animal style. It was truly the best burger ive ever had, food of the gods! Ive already started the campaign for In and Out to open a branch in England.
Time to head to Union Square. Unlike the square in my hometown of Leicester, this was very chilled out. There was a band playing and was just a nice relaxed atmosphere.
I`d arranged to meet up with Matt outside my hostel. We managed to run the gauntlet of doormen trying to get us into variuos strip bars next to my hostel and made out way to O`Reillys. I`d chatted to matt a little before the meetup and so was great to finally meet him. After the shock of being asked for ID, i`m slightly older than 21, we settled down with our beers and swapped travel stories and tried to spot fellow travbuddys in the bar. Neither of us were sure of who else was coming out that night so we made our way to the Stinking Rose.
The stinking rose specialises in its use of garlic, which i`m not a great fan of but i`m game for anything.
We found ourselves in Lefty O`Doulls, which eventually bcome like a second to us! By this time we`d got messages from Adrian and Robert and arranged to meet up with them there. Several beers later and we were like best mates and what do best mates do in San Francisco? They get their picture taken next to one of the hearts in Union Square! Adrian used his Arizona charm and talked a seemningly decent looking guy to take the picture for us.
If i remember rightly at this point we somehow managed to lose Robert. His last words where " i`m going for some food". Matt, Adrian and myself were incredibly concerned for Roberts wellfare and went to search for him. After a long five minutes we concluded we were wasting valuable drinking time and headed back to Lefty O`Doulls. We were welcomed back with open arms ( they clearly know how much two Englishmen can drink!). To be fair to Adrian he matched me drink for drink. Before we knew it was 2am and we were being escorted from the premises by the police. Ah it felt like home! The perfect end to a prefect day.