woensdag 17 mei 2017

San Francisco

FINALLY San Fran was on my roster. Nienke used to live in San Fran and hearing her stories I was even more excited to go and see this beautiful city for myself. Once I entered the briefing room I started talking to this English girl called Emily, and she's hilarious and super sweet. Then another girl entered the briefing room and I already flew with her twice, we did the Rio trip together and we met 3 years ago on a Zurich layover. It's always so nice to fly with people you already know, makes a big difference. It's not that you know each other for years and years, but you don't have to talk about all the basic stuff. It was also Emily's first time to San Fran so we already decided that we would rent a bike and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Once we arrived to the hotel after our 15 hour flight, we weren't that tired and the weather was absolutely beautiful, so we decided to change and go straight to the city with Emily, Elisse and Marcus, all business class crew. We took the train from the airport and it took us about an hour to get into the city, where from there we took one of those old trams to go to Fishermans Wharf. Going through the city in the tram we really had a good few how the city looks and what kind of people live there. And to be honest with you, I was surprised about the people that walk around the city, many homeless people and many, sorry to say, weird people. By weird I mean VERY weird, we saw a guy with one big tooth begging for money, a lady crossing the street with her hair all messed up, as if everybody was either high or on drugs. We stopped with the tram a few stops before Fishermans Wharf to see Lombard Street. Lombard Street is famous to be the most steep street, with 8 hairpin turns.

From there we walked to the shops and restaurants and had some seafood before heading to a Speakeasies. Speakeasies are places where in the '20s people went to, to go for a drink since it was prohibited in those early years. One of the passengers on the flight told me about this bar called Bourbon & Branch, he told me that you need a password to get in, so why not check it out. If you didn't know it was there, you would just pass by, the bouncer was just standing outside and I couldn't WAIT to tell him the password, I felt so cool haha. The password was 'books', since the inside of the bar looks like a library. We had one cocktail and then headed back to the hotel, by this time we were all tired and awake for a long time, also alcohol makes you sleepy then. Once we got back to the hotel we checked the hotel bar to see if the flight deck were there. Obviously they were and we stayed for another 2 hours in the bar talking to the flight deck, and gosh they were the funniest I had in a long time. The level of conversation went down pretty fast, but that made it even funnier, and men they had some stories, my cheeks were hurting from all the laughter. But we had to get up early again to go back into town and rent the bikes.

Pff, how tired we were the next day and to be fair, a little bit hangover as well. Especially if you drink with experienced drinkers like the flight deck haha, but we had a good laugh. Elisse came with us as well to rent the bikes and go over the golden gate bridge, and again the weather was perfect, and so nice be on a bike again, how dutch am I!

We stopped a few times to take some good photos and then we stopped at Seasalito, which is the first town after the Golden Gate Bridge, and from there you can take the ferry back to San Fran, where you also pass by Alcatraz. The Golden Gate Bridge looked so unreal, you know it from movies and photos but in real life it's just different, but way better and more magnificent.

We brought the bikes back and then went to Pier 39 where you see the seals chilling and sleeping. I have to say, it was pretty funny because they were pushing each other of the floating wooden things. After that we met up with the flight deck again, and shock they were already drinking again for a good 4 hours, so again, I will not mention what the conversations were, but the level wasn't the highest, which is refreshing sometimes then being just with girls and talk about hair and makeup and boyfriends (which is a short conversation on my part haha). They were so nice and they even paid for our drinks, which they didn't have to but it's nice they did. At one point I got so tired and all I wanted to do is go back to the hotel and sleep, for a very longggg time. Which I did, 14 hours to be precise, felt like a reborn woman. Ready for the flight back to the desert.

San Fran, you were amazing and I can't wait to go back, but then on holidays. Great to see and experience such a lovely city with such lovely people, definitely a trip to remember!! <3

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