Prisons, Independence Day and the right bridge!!

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Well my better look at that bridge did not happen on the day planned!! A plan of the golden gate park was thwarted with the suggestion of cheesecake and shopping so me and a girl i met here headed down to macys and sat in union square and ate and talked and then wished we were rich! Ah well, it's nice to look at all the things you'll have when you're rich.

That evening my vow of not drinking was actually adhered to and i went to bed at a respectable hour only to be kept awake by the loudest snorer ever!! haha! anyway a gentle kick of the wooden partition and all was well. Snooze time.

I had to move rooms in the morning and get to Alcatraz so i got up really early. 7:00am to be precise packed up got breakfast and then headed out to the embarcadero for a stroll, got my tickets and got on the boat. Got chatting to these two american dads. Americans are hillarious, i swear they are just so excited about everything, all the time!!

Anyway got to alcatraz and took a walking tour for the outside stuff and after climbing a steep hill. Seriously, so many hills here! Anyway go to the top and got inside and got an audio tour which was pretty cool actually. Authentic prison doors closing/ a guard ordering you around, showing you where 4 people got shot, and where grenades blew up, all filled with love and happiness!! I loved it inside, there was all the stories of the mentalists that they had locked up in there and all the cells and soliatry. The views from the rec yard were amazing, the bridge was hovering in the distance and the city landscape is just across the water, no wonder no one ever escaped, choppy seas!!

Anyway i spent a good fw hours in there and wandered around and checked it all out. I had this weird feeling where i didn't really want to leave?! Odd!

Anyway got the boat back across and chilled out for a while and met up with a friend for the hostels 4th July BBQ so we sat and ate and drank and then a big group headed down to the park at hyde pier to watch the 4th july fireworks. Suitably impressive, they had ones that made smiley acid faces in the sky. it was mental, what was really mental was the band before who though they were playing woodstock and then called about 20 teenage girls on stage for 'i like big butts' who all proceeded to dance like a bunch of strippers?!

Only in america, we were mortified, which turned into hysterical giggling. Never a bad thing. The fireworks were a bit shrouded by the mist but they went on for a good 10 minutes and they had the most patriotic sound track including Born in the USA by the boss. Americans take it so seriously! No such thing as subtle over here!! By the end of the fireworks we were tipsy so headed back to the hostel, but not before rampaging through a sex shop playing with everything we could find, purchasing more alcohol and into the ballroom for a night that turned into chaos! But not before getting a passing fire truck to ring their bell for us! Oh yeah, it works being a girl and being english out here!

The ballroom was a mix of dancing on tables evil mix of drinks, very loud very hardcore music, followed by a hippy sing along of 'if you're going to san francisco' and then more self styled mosh pits. Needless to say passing out was now an option!! Great night though, 4th july will never be the same again!

Miraculously i woke up feeling ok, i think i was still slightly drunk! Anyway in absolutely no wisdom i decided today i would walk, not cycle, walk across the golden gate bridge and if i was going to do that i may as well walk there. 5 hours i spent walking. 5! It was actually really good, i got some amazing photos and the bridge emerging out of the mist from a distance was certainly a sight to remember! Breathtaking quite simply!

As i got closer the mist cleared more and more and the sun was very much out so my tan (yes i do have one) is getting better by the day! Walking across was cool, there was so many people and loads of bikes but the views were something else. Looking over at the city from the bridge was cool beyond words!

The walk was really nice, but my god is it windy in the middle of that bridge!!

So i crossed and chilled for a bout 10 fifteen minutes, took in the views of the mountains and the landscape and then headed back across the bridge and onto a bus that took me all the way to market and 3rd and very close to home! That night i was knackered so i started to get ready as i leave on monday morning but alas the promise of cheap margarhita saw me get to bed at about 3:30 am rolling drunk. Pretty much everyone in my room was drinking so no early morning calls for us!

I have to say i'm gonna be sad to leave this city, it feels like home and the Green Tortoise is simply the greatest place to stay in the world. Ah well just a reason to come back i guess!
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