By Marie Svensson (Sweden) – About a month before spring break, my friends and I got the idea of going somewhere else rather than staying in Auburn. After researching flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco, the five of us decided to go to San Francisco. The tickets were cheaper tickets (we are after all students), and according to us; more things to see.
On Friday morning, the day after our last finals, we headed to Sea-Tac, and even though we took three different flights we all met up at the inn we were staying at. My friend Kiki and I booked a later flight, and fortunately for us the entire Seattle Sounders soccer team was on the same flight. We were not disappointed.
As we arrived to Union Square in San Francisco we could feel the sun warming us up, which was a wonderful feeling after the cold air back in Auburn. It took us some time to walk to the inn, but it was nice to get to know the area a bit on the way. When we got settled in our rooms we decided to walk back to Union Square to look around and take the cable car (a famous tram you can take from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf and at the same time get to see most of what San Francisco has to offer) to Fisherman’s Wharf.
When we arrived at Fisherman’s Wharf we took a walk on the dock over to Pier 39 (this is where you can see sea lions laying on the docks, and where there are many different stores and restaurants) where we knew of a restaurant called BubbaGump Shrimp & Co, if you have seen Forrest Gump you know what I am talking about, but if you haven’t seen the movie, do so, it’s great. We ate delicious food and went back home since it was getting late and chilly. One of the days we decided to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and that was amazing. We rented two tandem bikes and one regular since we were five people, and we started the adventure. The weather was great, and we went biking for almost 4 hours. The bridge was crowded but the side where people biked went fast, I think it took us 10-15 minutes to cross the bridge and when that was done we rode to a village called Sausalito on the island over at the other side. The hills were tough but we made them all.
On the last day of our trip, three of us had took a guided tour of Alcatraz Island. It was an unusual tour where we all used headphones with a voice in your chosen language explaining where to go and all the facts we needed to know about the place. Just to make it a peaceful and quiet place so it wouldn’t be too noisy. I enjoyed this tour very much because I have read about the place and seen movies about it. To see where former prisoners escaped and to learn how they did it was very interesting. I like how they kept everything as it was when they closed down the place.
I still had a couple of days left of spring break when I came home from San Francisco, as I work as a Peer Volunteer at GRCC I did that for some of the days. So my last day included work and relaxation in the wonderful weather we had.
If you ever decide to visit San Francisco, I strongly recommend that you bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Alcatraz. It will be an adventure to remember.