It was love at first sight…with the shuttle driver that is. I had just landed in the charming and hilly city of San Francisco; my first stop on a spontaneous, solo trip to the West Coast. I eagerly jumped into the shuttle bus anxious to be at my hotel already. Instantly, I struck up a conversation with the driver wanting to know all his favorite spots in San Fran. He knew. He knew the whole time. It was as if he was reading my mind, and I was perfectly okay with this. Naturally, food became a topic of conversation and I quickly told him that I was starved (I usually run on an every 2 hour eating schedule, so this was completely normal). And that’s when it happened. Mr. Driver, whose name I forgot after 5 seconds, kindly offered up his McDonald’s breakfast in which I politely and sadly declined. Can you say self-control? I live and breathe McDonald’s, so this was a huge feat for me and a moment with a stranger that I will never forget. And that’s my story on love at first sight…
On to bigger and better things: San Francisco. This city was equal parts chill and friendly. I stayed in Union Square, across the street from Chinatown, and there was no shortage of people wanting to take in every aspect of the city. What I really liked about this area was that I was able to walk to bars, restaurants and shops very easily. This was ideal since I only had two days to devour as much of the city as I possibly could.
But did you check out the Golden Gate Bridge? Why, yes of course I did. It was everything I had imagined and much more. My goal was to walk across the bridge, take 5,000 pictures like a crazy tourist and then head over to Sausalito for sightseeing and to grab some grub. What I had not planned on doing was losing my cellphone, but I managed to do it somehow. So let’s just say my ass never made it to Sausalito.
After asking about 5 people if I could use their phone (asking people to use their phone is like asking for their first born), a $140 cab ride and 10 f-bombs later, my phone was finally and thankfully retrieved! The rest of my trip was devoted to meeting some awesome people and downing a drink or two or five.
Final Thoughts: The Golden Gate Bridge did not scare me away. I will be returning and hopefully soon. The people were beyond pleasant, Sausalito still needs to see my ass and there are so many restaurants with my name on it.
Tell me, do you have any good stories about visiting San Fran?
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