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Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
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Trip End Apr 01, 2011


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It really feels kinda weird waking up this morning in San Francisco, after 3 months in Nicaragua!
I spent the better part of the morning on Tuesday saying good bye to all my friends,and I found it
to be one of the hardest things I have had to do for a while. "I will miss you all" See you next year :-) 



 

The timing was perfect for R and I to take one last look at the sunset as our plane was taking off from Augusto Sandino Airport in Managua.We had a very quick (3 and a half minute!!) stop in San Salvador to change planes. I have never had to run so fast, and so far through an airport! The airport in San Salvador is perhaps 3 times larger than Nicaragua, and when we got off the first flight our connecting flight to San Fran. was on the opposite side of the terminal.When we finally arrived(huffing & puffing) we were the last people to board the flight! Whew!! The plane was packed, but it was a good flight with no problems except that due to some strange atmospheric phenomenon, my hair kept standing straight up (imagine Don King)
You could get similar results if you were to stick a sharp instrument into a light socket!! You get the idea now............





Our Taca flight arrived after midnight and our flight attendant announced " Thank you for flying with Taca Air lines, the local time is !2:00 o'clock, in the middle of the night" ! Seriously, that's what she said. Well okay, it was funnier if you were actually there in person!
So by the time we cleared Customs and collected our luggage, it was about 1:30 am.I had forgotten what a huge city San Francisco is!! It was a long drive from the airport to our hotel. I think we are in an area called Pacific Heights ?? Or was that a movie ? I dunno..........
We got up pretty early considering we barely slept, but we have been looking forward to this leg of our trip for quite some time. We started walking in the direction of the cable car line, and R knows the city quite well, so he suggested one of his favorite places for breakfast right down at the end of the cable line near Fisherman's Wharf is the legendary Buena Vista! This place has been here for ever!! It is famous for inventing, and perfecting the" Irish coffee". The head bartender has been at the Buena Vista since it opened, and he is an expert when it comes
 to making the perfect coffee!

 



 

Yes I know it is only 9;00 am, however it is an absolute MUST to drink Irish coffee's when you go to the Buena Vista !! I only had two, and I did eat some breakfast..........


This is a great city for "people watching". While we were enjoying our morning coffees,I saw this go by.............


    

Not too sure what, how  or why ? Apparently it is one of the many tours you can take of the city


Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and saw this...........

 

That's right folks, it's the "Google Map" dude. In Canada there is quite the uproar about this because this is the guy who drives around YOUR neighborhood and takes all those pictures so people way up in space can look into your back yard! Hmmmmm........."Big Brother" really is watching!  

After a leisurely breakfast we headed out again in the direction of Fisherman's Wharf.This is such a fun city, you can walk around for hours and you don't have to spend any money to enjoy yourself! Look at this down by Pier 39............

 

This guy was playing a variety of different instruments, including a steel guitar, and a harmonica. R and I enjoyed just sitting and listening to his Jazz & Chicago Blue's tunes. Then we moved down towards a crowd gathered to have a look at.....................


  

The Pier 39 Sea lions of course. They have become a main attraction at the pier, and just celebrated a 21 year anniversary! I must admit they are very entertaining,albeit rather stinky!
Again R and I found ourselves watching them for quite some time.................and it's free!

 



 Around 4;00 today we decided to check out the fish market at the pier............  


Dozens of different vendors selling fresh crab, shrimp, mussels,clams,etc...........
We opted for the cracked crab and steamed shrimp, got a big old loaf of sourdough bread, and a couple bottles of wine.Looks like a picnic to me!!!  

So it really was an "action packed" day out and about on the streets of  San Francisco. Tomorrow we are gearing up for another busy day hopefully going on a tour of Alcatraz.

 


And perhaps some shopping at Union Square. I will be back again tomorrow, so do check back for another update..............Yes sadly this blog is coming to the end...............or is it ??? 



 

Nothing say's San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge !!
       
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Comments

John on

Dee, San Francisco is my faverite city in the USA. I go there often as one of my sons live about 75 miles inland from there. I know you are haveing a great time there and I hope you keep your blog going.
enjoy

Clay on

Ross,OK let me get this straight, you don't want to drink the rum anymore however it's Irish coffee at 9:00 am. Whatever you need to tell yourself.

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