One of my most anticipated cities yet was San Francisco! My mother told me she had been in this city once before when she was eighteen with a friend of hers in the early 90s. She told me all about her own little adventures from decades ago. I thought about her as a late teen discovering the city on her own as people in different styled clothing listen to very different music around her.
We arrived really late into the night after a long drive from San Diego. But as we passed over Oakland Bay Bridge that was flustered with lights, I was captivated by the twinkling city in the distance. I wondered what adventures I would ensue when I wandered the city myself.
We stayed really close to China Town right there in the city of San Francisco, so that same night we arrived, we headed to get some late night Chinese food. We went to a place that was open into the early hours of the morning where people who live the night owl life could hang out with friends or for dates that never wanted the night to end.
We came to this pier twice while I was in town and each time it bustled with people from all over the world. The first time we went, it was freezing but we wanted to head to this sports bar to watch our favorite hometown soccer team play. So we decked out in Orlando City gear and watched a game that we proudly won, so the winter freeze was worth it.
The second time we went, the weather was a hundred times better. We got a chance to look through the different boardwalk inspired stores and buy cupcakes with coffee. I also got to see a great show from a gymnast who had quirky lines and some amazing acrobatic moves.
At the end of the pier was a gorgeous view no matter the weather or time of day that overlooked the bay and the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were dozen of docked boats next to the pier that as the sun went down created a beautiful scene for all to witness and enjoy.
Off to the right we could see Alcatraz, a prison situated on an island a bit out from where we were, was daunting even though it had been years since it had been in used. The stories of the escapes however were intriguing and I thought about the men who attempted to escape from the unescapable prison and where they might have gone as I looked out to the Alcatraz.
Crissy Field Beach and Golden Gate Park
I finally got my first glance at the magnificent bridge talked about all over the world from this beach. San Fransisco living symbol was striking beaming red on that clear day from the beach.
The beach, not ideal for swimming, was more for locals with dogs to come and play fetch and I loved it! I have a little dog of my own who is currently staying with my aunt and cousin and I have never missed anyone so much before. I was overcome with happiness as I watched dogs pounce around with their little legs, wagging tails and endless love for their owners.
We met a man on the beach with the cutest Cockapoo that absolutely loved getting pet and showing off. The owner, Ted*, was so nice and told us all about his dog and his life here in the Bay Area and we told him all about our travels. He was middle aged and seemed to have this kind aura surround him. I could immediately tell he was a kindred spirit.
We spoke for awhile as he told us about a great Italian restaurant not too far from where we were and he even called the place to make sure we had a reservation. Ted told us he would have loved to join us but he had prior engagements, which was sad but at the end of the day I was happy to have encountered a cool human in the midst of these travels.
We also headed to Golden Gate Park as the sun went down against the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
If you’ve been reading my blogs for awhile, you may know that back in the summer time I worked in a camp throughout Italy and Austria teaching english to children. While on this adventure, I got the opportunity to work with some really amazing people, one of them being Erin from my very first camp in San Marino!
It was great to catch up with Erin and find out all about her own adventures abroad after we had worked together and what she had been up to recently. She was a great host and was able to give me a wonderful tour of a place she called home.
Everything about this place made me want to play the entire album of Mumford and Son’s Wilder Mind. We arrived after the sun had gone down while the city was still lit up with excitement and life. It was pretty busy up on top of this mountain that you were nearly fighting for a place to be able to look out onto the city. Even though it was crowded, it was very quiet up there away from the noise of the metropolis.
I could see why so many people would come here with friends and loved ones to simply hang out, smoke weed and relax away from everyday life. I took a moment up there to just view the lights and to just take it all in; forgetting about where I had been and where I was going and to solely be there in the moment.