I did not much enjoy San Francisco. It was hyped up to us so much everywhere that we went and by everyone that we met but when we got there it was either boring, if you were just walking up ridiculously steep hills looking at the houses (I mean really – who thought it was a good place to build a city? It’s like living in a giant skate park), or overly touristy, if you went down to Fisherman’s Wharf.
We also got attacked by mutant seagulls while we eating calamari and chips. Seriously, these were the biggest seagulls I have ever seen in my life, some came up higher than my knees, and completely fearless from years of stupid tourists ignoring the signs and feeding them anyway. One pounced on us as we sat innocently on a bench and most of our food was thrown in the air in alarm causing a whole flock to descend, so I guess they got what they wanted and we were happy to surrender.
Five interesting facts about San Francisco to end on, which we learnt at various points during our three day stay:
The financial district runs on New York time so everyone starts work at 3am.
On the day of Obama’s inauguration all the street signs for Bush Street were changed to say Obama Street and stayed like that for three weeks until the City could get new signs made.
There is enough wire on the Golden Gate Bridge to wrap around the world five times.
It is illegal to be naked but the moment you have one item of clothing on you’re fine. Nowhere does it specify what item of clothing so you could choose a cravat for all they care.
Alcatraz was the only prison in America to have warm showers, so the prisoners wouldn’t get used to cold water and be able to escape across the bay.