On our demobilization from Iceland, we spent a week in San Francisco on our way back to Australia in February 2008. Oh. My. It was so good even without our luggage for four days – that’s how good it was!
Then again, there was Alcatraz and who doesn’t like Alcatraz I ask you?!
Walking around Alcatraz was just so surreal – we had a blast!
But walk around inside where the prisoners had eaten, walk into their cells – now that blew our minds!
To give you an idea of how much we enjoyed exploring Alcatraz, we even stopped for the tragic tourist photo!
Our hotel was so very close to Pier 39 that Pier 39 was like our home away from home. We’d watch the sea lions for hours, enjoy the carnival rides that were scattered here and there, do some shopping, enjoy freshly cooked crabs, and breathe in deeply whenever we walked past the bakery!
On arriving into San Francisco, we quickly learnt that our luggage was still sitting in London. Having already been left without luggage in London when we overnighted there the day before, we had been looking forward to fresh clothes.
The airline was kind enough to give us a $500 visa card to go towards essentials so out we went and bought four tickets on a seaplane. Seemed essential to us as we wouldn’t have been able to budget for it otherwise.
As for our clothes, we simply washed those bits that were necessary and sprayed on more deodorant!