My eyes are stinging from tiredness and I have 22 minutes to write this blog before I have to run to the laundry room and grab my clothes out of the drier before they shut the laundry room for the night!
I was too busy talking to my mum on facebook messenger that I left my clothes sitting in the washing machine when they could have been drying 😐
Today was another busy fun filled day!
I’d organised with Kathy to meet her at her hotel in The Mission so we could spend the day together. As Ross had dentistry conference type stuff to attend we had a girls day.
I got up and had a hot shower (surprise) at the hostel. Washed my hair and got my make up on 😶 then headed off for my 20 minute walk to the Marriot where they were staying.
It’s funny I always think I’ve seen most of SF but then I come across more places I haven’t seen so I just have to take more photos like the tourist I am 😉
When I met up with Kathy in the lobby, we took a taxi to the Golden Gate Park where the gardens were. We came across this flower show when we got there so stopped and had a look at that. Well, it was basically flowers all set up that people had entered so they could win ‘most beautiful single flower’ or ‘most interesting flower’ etc etc…
They ended up being really pretty so I took a few pictures haha
After that, we headed into the botanical gardens and walked around for a few hours.
I even got to see a squirrel for the first time!! So cuteee.
Our feet were both really sore from the days we had yesterday so we sat in the ‘Asian gardens’ and talked for awhile. (And also took some schnaps)
The gardens are nice if you’re into that sort of thing. If I wasn’t with Kathy I don’t think I would have gone by myself. They did have really nice grassy areas you could defintaly have a picnic on though. It’d be nice to take your kids if you had them, or even if you just wanted a nice walk 🙂
When we’d finished at the gardens, we walked to the California Academy of Sciences.
It costs about $34 to get in but it honestly takes up like half your day. There’s so much to see!
There’s a big aquarium and stuff about earthquakes like back home. There’s also a rainforest/butterfly sanctuary you can go in and lots of stuff about animals in Africa etc…
We were pretty worn out from all our walking so we stopped at the food place they had at the museum and I got a really yummy falafel – even if I couldn’t finish the whole thing it was one of the best falafel I’ve had in terms of being true actual chickpeas haha.
When we’d finished, we headed back to Kathy’s hotel by taxi and met up with Ross. By this stage it was about 4.30pm.
We went up to their room and had a couple of drinks before heading up to the rooftop bar and having even more drinks!
As K & R are part of some club at the hotel, o got to enjoy a free dinner with them downstairs at the club room. Yum yum!! I’m enjoying all this free food and drinks they’re providing me with (well free for me anyways ;)) I don’t know how I’m going to cope when I’m in LA!
When we’d finished off our dinner, and I grabbed some cute little miniature lemon meringue pies and cookies for dessert (as you can see I have my appetite back), we headed upstairs again and talked about the different slang words us Kiwis use compared to the US Language.
Eg, bonnet – hood of a car
Brekkie – breakfast
Bach – a small holiday home
No wonder they can’t understand what I’m talking about half the time 😄
To end our night we quickly went up to the rooftop again and I took some more pictures of the view of SF. On my phone they didn’t turn out that great but it’s what I could accomplish at the time…
When I’d finished seeing my final views, we headed downstairs and said our goodbyes!
They kindly put me in a taxi after my few cocktails and I headed back to my hostel.
I’m so happy I got the chance to meet such kind, beautiful people in the first week of my travels.
Like Ross said, it’s not the places you go, it’s the people you meet on the way that make your travels an experience.
If you guys are reading this, THANK YOU again! – for taking care of me so well. Not just seemingly paying for all my taxi fares but giving me great advice and great conversation.
The first few days I was an anxious nightmare, even though I like to think I’m really independent, the first few days just freaked me out. Even on the tour I met K&R on I wasn’t even going to do it because I had such bad anxiety.
But obviously now I’m glad I went.
I think SF is such a beautiful city!!
I really can’t wait to come back here, wherever that will be 😦
I’ve now currently moved myself from lying in my hot dorm room, to sitting on a chair outside the laundry room guarding my laundry while it still dries on its last few cycles.
The hostel managers haven’t come up to lock the laundry room yet so I’m squeezing in my last few minutes of dry time.
Speaking of things being hot, my legs feel very hot and I really hope I haven’t gotten them burnt in the sun today!! I already got sunburn on my shoulders yesterday 😐 I wasn’t going to buy any sunscreen until LA but thankfully Ross gave me some to tide me over. Haha!!
I’m up really early tomorrow! I have a flight to catch to LA so I’m hoping I don’t sleep in. Eek!
Thanks to everyone who’s told me they read my blogs. Makes me want to keep writing! :):):)
And I guess it’s good for me to have a journal of my journey