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Day 25: Painted Ladies + Cable Car Rides

Our last full day in San Francisco today, oh beautiful city, how I will miss you. We decided to take it easy again (we tend to do that a lot eh?) and only set out to visit the Painted Ladies, ride a cable car, visit Fisherman’s Wharf one last time and go to the Ferry Farmer Markets (open on Saturdays!). Eh, not so easy eh? We actually did EVERYTHING we planned. I am so proud.

We visited the Markets first, it was a longer walk than expected, but the place was super cute, it was by the water and there were stalls everywhere with fresh fruits (America does fruits better than we do, I have to say). We were looking around for a restaurant to eat at, decided on a seafood restaurant, looked next door and saw a super long line for another restaurant called the Hog Island Oyster Coy, we quickly moved over and lined up for that instead after I found out it had consistently 4-5 star ratings! The wait was a while but it was well worth it, the oysters are DIVINE here, so so so so good, we ordered a dozen for $32, no regrets at all. We also ordered the BEST CLAM CHOWDER EVER; it is so much nicer than the ones at Fisherman’s Wharf. If you go San Francisco, I highly recommend you visiting the restaurant, so delicious. Also, they have happy hour specials on certain days where they do oysters for $1.36 each, yum yum yummmmmm.

Next, we took a bus ride to the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, we finally decided that we should try to work out the bus system, it’s still a bit of a mystery to us (you’re meant to be able to ride for 2 hours on the bus with a $2 ride, or so I seem to think… but our one apparently lasted for 4 hours? Whatever, I didn’t get in trouble from the transit people). Seeing the Painted Ladies is another surreal feeling, I once again thought “WOW I’M REALLY IN THE US!”, I had similar feelings in New York… everywhere in New York.. Haha. I kept thinking there were only 5 painted ladies, but there are in fact 6, there are 7 Alamo Sisters though, with the mansion costing $4.5 million a couple of years back, it used to belong to the guy who built the Painted Ladies.

We went back to Powell St to catch the cable cars from the Powell St/Market St cable car turn around, busiest cable car ride ever, they come so frequently, but the lines are really long, expect to wait around 15-20minutes all the time. If you want to skip the lines but not get a super fun ride, ride the Van Ness cable car rides. We stood on the outside of the cable cars and it was really fun going up and down the steeeeeep steeeeeep hills.

We went and took a little stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf to find bathrooms, all had super long lines so we just walked 15 minutes back to Green Tortoise to go to our own bathrooms… haha!

Dinner was had at… NEW SUN HONG KONG RESTAURANT again, HAHA!!! Noodles and Congee, omg I miss you so much!

Tomorrow is Las Vegas! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

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How gorgeous is this??

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Our common room
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Oysters, I love you.

K.

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Day 24: Yosemite National Park aka I hate long bus rides

We woke up super early today to go on our Yosemite National Park tour. We got picked up at 6:50am from our hostel and once again, I passed out until we finished picking everyone else up, we booked the tour with Viator for $135 per person, but we ended up with an Extranomical Tour. The bus ride was 5-6 hours with 1-2 stops, we saw Sequoia trees, they are AWESOME, the oldest living things on earth, it’s as thick as a building, and so tall! We took photos with it and then went off to Yosemite Valley, the place is SO beautiful, you feel like you’re in a picture, you never see things like that in Sydney! We also saw the Yosemite Falls and had an ice cream Sunday. Most of the day was pretty much spent on a bus and sleeping… so nothing much to report today.

When we got home I watched a Ben Stiller movie and a Will Ferrell movie! I am slowly but surely getting through these movies. I think I passed out pretty quickly, it was a tiring day, bus rides are no fun, I think we spent around 12-14 hours on a bus today, we got picked up first and dropped off last, UNFAIR.

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Look mum, I’m in a postcard!!

K. 

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Day 23: Lombard + Don Pistos

Short blog post today, just chilled out and rested. I didn’t have a hangover, thank goodness! Calzone’s was the first destination for lunch, Italian for us! I had Angel Hair Pasta with tomato and garlic and Anna had a Salmon Pizza, I also ordered raspberry lemonade! I LOVE lemonade here, I order it at every opportunity. We went to Lombard St to see the winding roads, that walk was a crazy trek, uphill walks are so incredibly painful, we only walked uphill on one street, like a small part of Lombard, and I was like … sadface. Lombard St is really cool and super pretty, it’s always mega packed with tourists standing in the middle of the road taking pictures… lots of cars drive through these roads too, they must hate us.

We were pretty lazy from the day before so we decided to go watch The Amazing Spiderman, some quick googling told us that there was a showing in 30 minutes, so we took a cab from Lombard to the AMC Theatre at Van Ness, OUR FIRST MOVIE IN THE STATES! Woo… the movie was pretty good, I enjoyed it! Drinks are SO SO SO expensive at the cinemas.

We walked home from the Cinema, it was a 25-30 minute walk home and we walked through some strange neighbourhood where Anna and I kept giving each other funny looks until one of us went “Is it me or is this area strangely … empty?” we agreed, and I just started power walking until we got to Union Square. Harrowing experiences all around!

I had been googling good restaurants around the area and really wanted to try Don Pistos, Anna wasn’t even hungry and ended up eating quite a bit because the food was so delicious! A must try! It has a wooden door and if you didn’t already know about the place, you’d have a lot of trouble finding it, they give you Chips and a delicious Salsa to start with (replacing sourdough bread in other restaurants), that was so so addictive, we ended up finishing the entire bowl. I ordered a Sangria (slowly starting to get into red wines, though it doesn’t count, does it?), that hit me pretty quickly, I’m a cheap drunk and American drinks are kinda strong. We ordered a Mexican style Salmon Sashimi (delicious!), Tacos and a Hamburger thing, delicious delicious! Everything was super tasty, the vibe was awesome, though I could hear shit all because it was so loud, so probably not a good date area. The place is highly recommended.

K.

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Day 22: 4th of July Celebrations & our new Chicago friends

Our plans:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf to check it out. Success.
  • Get super drunk with Hostel for 4th of July Celebrations. Success with drunkness, unsuccessful with socialising with hostel people.
  • Watch 4th of July Fireworks. Success, though I don’t remember much of it.

Not particularly ambitious plans eh, but we did well, the goal was to have fun and it was a super fun day.

Fisherman’s Wharf was so packed when we got there, we ate at Pier 39 Market Restaurant or something, had oysters, clam chower, fish and chips and a strawberry lemonade, the Clam Chowder was in a sourdough bread bowl. The star was the COMPLIMENTARY sour dough bread rolls with butter, omg, divine, maybe I was just super hungry, but I could eat those all day long.

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I love sourdough!!!! (Taken with Instagram)

We spotted a 2 Hour Tour Bus that takes you around San Francisco for $25, so we hopped onto that after lunch, 4 guys from Chicago hopped on too and started talking to us, we found out that they were all from the University of Illinois, are our age, and are here until Monday! We met Roy with the Shaggy Hair from UOI, Steven, Clarence and Kyle!

 We ended up talking to them throughout the entire ride. We went to Alamo Square, Union Square, around North Beach, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The bus ride is COLDDDDDDDDDDD, wear lots of long stuff, we went smack bang in the middle of summer and we were freezing like no tomorrow. The bus driver was super funny but I didn’t tip in the end, I felt so bad but I didn’t have ANY change on me, I know, what kind of person goes on holidays with no change? I don’t know.

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City Hall

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Hi mom! I’m in a postcard!

We ended up hanging out with our new friends for the rest of the night. First stop was O’Reilly’s Irish Pub (after unsuccessfully looking for a bar for about 1 hour around the area, FAILWHALE), I downed 2 long island iced teas while Anna refused to drink more of her drink, it was pretty foul, I have to admit. I don’t remember much of the rest of the night… aside from short flashes of memories of running into a Chinese restaurant to pee, going into a different chinese restaurant to eat (New Sun Hong Kong….), watching fireworks while a super annoying guy stood next to us and pretty much had commentary for the entire 30 minutes of the fireworks, all of us wanted to punch him. We walked back to our area and ditched our new friends, kind of regret not getting their contact details; they were SUPER nice and seemed like great guys! I do remember spending the entire night picking on two of them and insulting them. Nothing new there.

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Roy is the guy in the checkered red shirt

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Fireworks!

OH, I remember something else now, I was mocking the American accent but sounded like a total valley girl. I was trying to teach Roy how to say water, “no, say it like you would say WAR, and then WATER”… fail. We explained to them what “heaps” means… I’m sure there were tonnes of stupid stuff I missed.

Maybe if I’m lucky, Anna will bother to come and blog about the missing parts of my night, she was sober, I can’t remember half my night. Bwahah.

K.

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Day 21: San Francisco + Yum Cha

Ahhh finally left the hole that is Orlando today, that place seriously has nothing, I like my cities like… well, cities! So it is with tremendous excitement that we have finally arrived to San Francisco! I have been told that I will love this place, and I really do, it’s such a chilled out city, reminds me of Melbourne.

We flew with AirTran, which isn’t too bad. I passed out before the plane even took off and woke up mid way through; I have a habit of sleeping through all my plane rides.

We are staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel here, SUPER CUTE HOSTEL, about $35 per person per night, it’s located in North Beach (near China Town, Little Italy, sort of near Union Square). Though the stares were a super bitch to get up, you need to walk up a flight of stairs to check in, I wanted to cry. Lucky the Hostel staff helped us when they saw two little asian girls struggling with their 22kg bags. Ahh, the life of a weak person, Anna did okay, she has guns. I will be first to admit I will let the men do the heavy lifting as soon as I can, so we checked in and got put up onto the floor above (HAHAH MORE FLIGHTS OF STAIRS), thank goodness the staff helped us out.

We had a super late lunch in some random Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, oh my, we did not realise how badly we missed Chinese food until that moment. We had yum cha and I swear to you I was THIS close to tears.

Next we headed to Union Square and had a stroll around, I’m kind of not allowed to shop until Los Angeles, my luggage is full as anything in the world and I want to buy a new Samsonite in LA to store new goodies. We also went to San Francisco Westfields.

The rest of our night was filled with eating more Chinese food (at New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant – they are so stupid, SUN in Cantonese means New, they are essentially saying NEW NEW HONG KONG RESTAURANT) and watching Zoolander on our TV  – Anna had wonton noodles and I had Thousand Year Old Egg Congee with those fried bread stick things, heaven! Some guy was super drunk and vomited and it stunk up the place.

K. 

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