Part 1: San Francisco

Several weeks ago, we went out to California for the wedding of dear friends. We got there almost midnight (their time) on Friday. We had a whirlwind trip of 48 hours, which I will record below.

On Saturday, we had several hours before the wedding to explore Oakland, where we were staying, and check out San Francisco nearby. A giant group of us decided to take the ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf. It was a really nice trip. I had no idea how much shipping came in and out of Oakland. It was impressive to see the containers stacked up fairly high near giant cranes. The wind was perfect; just strong enough to whip through our hair. I loved approaching San Francisco from the water and going under the Bay Bridge. We even glided by the sea lions lounging on the dock.

Bay Bridge

When we got off the ship, we made a beeline for the Musee Mecanique on Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s this wonderful arcade filled with games from 1800s to the present day. We changed money into quarters and played with the old arcades. They had a lot of machines that depicted public hangings…very odd. There was the large laughing lady who laughs and laughs. Another one had couples at a dance, spinning around to mechanical music. Another one showed a small town where cars ran on a track, circus animals circled, people danced and ran. And there was a band of Monkeys from the 1960s. It was all so lovely.

Mechanical Hanging?Mechanical Circus!Mechanical Monkeys

Then we made our way out of Fisherman’s Wharf and ended up traveling up the famous hill. Allegedly, we went up the hill that is featured in all the movies about San Francisco. We ended up with a great view of the city. We wandered by a green patch, overgrown with plants and trees. My friend and I noticed a lot of lubricant packages around the area…

View of the City

We made our way to Chinatown for some dim sum. We ended up at a bit of a dive restaurant where we ordered our dim sum at a counter. The selections were put in silver trays and we ate at a nearby table. But most of the dim sum was really tasty. I loved the sesame paste balls. So good!

Afterwards, we ended up at City Lights, which was close by. While I don’t love the Beats, I can appreciate this lovely bookstore. It’s got a great selection of books. Then it was time to find our way back to Oakland to get ready for the wedding later that evening.

That’s all for now!

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