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San Francisco – Day 2 (The broken shoe)

San Francisco – Day 2 (The broken shoe)

Woohoo! We are in SF and ready to go to the AERA conference (an educational research conference, that is really cool, but most of you won’t care about, so I will try not to talk about it too much). Amber, Treasure, and I do not have any early morning sessions, so we decide to head to Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate. As we were walking along the sidewalk, minding our own business, I slip. I don’t completely fall, but ungracefully trip and grab Amber before I fall flat on my face. I thought all was good, no bumps or bruises, when Treasure notices my shoe is broken. I can walk on it, so we get to Starbucks. The line is so long. I mean there are only like 712 starbucks within a mile radius of our hotel, so of course there is going to be a line. As Treasure and Amber were waiting in the long line, I grabbed a table (while trying to find a larger one). I began feeling a little sorry for myself and my shoe. I didn’t sleep well the night before (I slept on the little chair, I volunteered so I can’t really complain), I was thinking about how much homework on had, and I needed to meet my advisor in like 30 minutes and my shoe was broken. I did not pack any other dress shoes (only tennis shoes and toms), so I needed a new pair of shoes or some super glue. All of this was a little overwhelming and so I cried a little. Part of the problem was Amber and Treasure were being so nice to me, then I just couldn’t handle it and lost it.

My poor shoe

We found a Macy’s nearby and found several shoes we were in love with. Most out of my price range. It is a toss up if Amber is a good person to shop for shoes with. On the one hand, Amber loves shoes and has great taste…On the other hand, Amber loves shoes and has great taste. 🙂 Luckily (or not) we were on a time crunch and I was able to walk out with only one pair. Later, another graduate student told us a professor (not from our university, but well known in the research field) spent $4000 the day before on shoes! I couldn’t believe it! Of course, Amber could, next time you see her ask her how much her wedding shoes cost (they are super cute)!

New Shoes

So the rest of the day I attended the conference. Learned a few things, and met some people. That afternoon, Brandon, Amber, and I decided to find the Golden Gate Bridge. At this point, Brandon and Amber had already used the bus system and Brandon felt he was an expert. He was not an expert on the stops. We walked several blocks one way, and then the next. We walked through a really, really, bad part of town. However, we survived. We finally arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge (via taxi). It was really cool (in temperature)! It is like ten degree cooler on the water than it was in the city! And we couldn’t see the bridge! How boring is the picture below!

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We ride the bus back after talking with a nice couple from Sweden. Eat at a decent place on the pier. The bathrooms there were gender-neutral (which is not uncommon in San Francisco). Do not be frightened by the gender-neutral bathrooms, I actually felt like I had more privacy in the stalls (actually full walls, not just regular stalls). And who cares who I am washing my hands next too. One guy came into the restroom when I was washing my hands. We both commented on the weirdness of it, but it really wasn’t that weird.

Julie

 

San Francisco – Day 1

San Francisco – Day 1

First, this is a sister, mother, and aunt free trip. I am not saying this is a good thing, but….I did not have any fights with the friends I was traveling with. There was crying, but no fights.

Brandon, Amber, and I flew to San Francisco, problem free. I say problem-free. I was a few rows behind Amber and Brandon. The couple next to me was a little too lovey-dovey, but I ignored them and read “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” by Mindy Kaling. (Side note: I really love this book. Mindy is hilarious, a must read!) Amber had to go to the bathroom really bad on the flight. The lady next to her and Brandon slept the entire time, and Amber was too nice to wake her up, so she had to hold it the entire flight. We landed, went to the restroom, got the bags, and found the BART. On the way to the BART, Amber and Brandon refused to take a real picture together, so this is what they get.

Airport tran to BART

Airport tran to BART

After riding the BART into the city, we walk to our hotel. We have a slight hiccup. They messed up Brandon and Amber’s reservation, and were completely booked. What does this mean? They are bunking in with me, Treasure, and Brian for the night. Treasure and Brian are eating with friends from SF, so Brandon, Amber, and I head out for dinner.

The hills in San Francisco are killer. Brandon walk really fast. And he doesn’t believe in taxis. It was a little chilly, 50s with a cool breeze. We found the pizza place, but had to wait 30 minutes. We saw a beautiful church while we waited. (And my mother already asked, and no I did not go in it. I know, I know, I didn’t even check to see if it was open).

St. Paul and Peter Church

The pizza was super good (Tony’s Pizza, but not like the frozen food kind) and I thought we were going to take a taxi back. But, I was wrong. We walked all the way back to the hotel, through Chinatown (which everything there closes early), and stopped at Walgreen’s. We needed some snack items, some with gluten (for me) and some gluten-free (for Amber). Another thing about San Francisco, they ask you if you want a bag when you purchase something? They charge 10 cents a bag if you say yes! Maybe that would motivate me to remember my reusable bags!

We made it back to the hotel and survived the night with five people in the room. Don’t worry, our trip gets a little more exciting!

Julie