04.07.2014 - 04.07.2014
Today was my very first day in San Francisco! So I caught the Megabus from LA through to SF. They were on time, good service, but the girl sitting next to me kept falling asleep on my side of the bus seat and was leaning over my shoulder. 11:30pm-6:30am I got about 3 hours of broken sleep, might need to invest in sleeping pills for my next overnight bus trip! Rocked up at Caltrain station at 6:30am and looked up my hostel on Google Maps - apparently I was 3km away. Being thrifty as I am I decided to hitch my backpack onto my small body and carry my 14kg all the way up SF's crazy ass hills for 3km because my own two feet would eventually get me there than the $12 odd I would have to pay. It was actually quite a nice stroll. Being tired from lack of sleep and food overnight I did struggle quite a bit and needed to stop at least 3 times to catch my breath! The pack just keeps getting lighter though - fit life! Eventually got to my hostel to stuff my face with as much toast as I could - to my delight they had bagels so I had my very first bagel in San Fran!
Decided to go on the hostel bike tour across Golden Gate Bridge so we hired these crappy bikes and in a group of 19 slowly made our way through the ridiculous hills of SF and all the way down to the waterfront to be confronted by the big famous red bridge. It was unfortunately a foggy day so you couldn't make out the top of the bridge and it was a typical windy and cold day in SF - but apparently it's always foggy in SF! We stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts which had this beautiful moat and lovely sandstone architecture!
I made a tonne of friends on this bike trip - met another guy who guys to Melb Uni and had just finished his exchange at the University of Illinois! Got lots of great tips! Cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge was really a highlight so far! The fog added this aura of wonder! Got some pretty sweet go pro footage of the entire crossing, which took about 15 minutes (it's a super long bridge!)
We kept cycling on to Sausolito - a really upper class suburb, houses would go for a couple of million - it's very exclusive! Stopped there for lunch and picked up a pizza and some beer (which I'm not supposed to have because I'm under 21 but everyone offered to buy for me). Caught the ferry back across the bay and rode our bicycles back to the hostel to prepare for July 4th celebrations.
Party kicked off with a typical American dinner of Budlight beer, cookies and hot dogs! Myself and the other 8 or so friends I had met today played a drinking game and chatted about our travels! I met a lot of people who have crossed tracks with me before! One girl (Ash Otto) went to Knox School with my friends Steph, Brie and Courtney from back home and another girl gyms at my work! Small world after all!
We walked 40 minutes down to Fisherman's wharf to claim a prime spot right on the beach to watch the fireworks! They went for about 20 minutes and they were quite spectacular because each firework illuminated the thick San Francisco fog that had formed! At this point I had become quite well known for my variety of silly faces I could pull!
Being exhausted from my 3 hours of broken sleep, myself and one of the German guys walked the whole way back because we were both too tired to go out and decided to go to bed instead!
- I love SF A LOT more than LA - it's more green
- The hostel here has bagels as well!
- The hills are ridiculous! My butt is getting a great workout!
- In SF there isn't a law saying you have to wear a bike helmet, since I didn't have one I did the whole 6 hour bike trip without a helmet. At the start of the year I crashed my bike and flipped over the handle bars and cracked my helmet right through the middle so I decided to go really slow down the hills.
- The streets smell a little bit like pee
- Still quite a few homeless people around the place
That's a wrap! Loving San Francisco so far!