Today I went on a nice tour in a cable car. It is the most typical method of transportation in San Fransisco and a means of transport that is almost exclusively used by the tourists. At the beginning there are long lines of tourists waiting for the cable cars, they board the cable car and then the cable car cruises through SF until everyone get off at the end point.
Yesterday and earlier today I was improving my German. I met a group of Germans and some people from Austria and we spend yesterday night in some dark park drinking a few bottles of alcohol. Today we also went and see the sites together. We already arranged a visit to Holland so I can show them the sites there and eat some typical cake.
Yesterday I did a nice tour of San Fransisco and this was a really cool tour. The van was a total wreck with texts written all over the inside by other people that were on previous tours. Both inside and outside that was a lot of rust and after driving through San Fransisco for about an hour one of the cars windows was almost falling out!
After seeing some of the houses of the rich and famous we had some time off to walk around. We decided to go and look for the home of Charles Manson, a famous serial killer that according to the guide lived in the neighborhood. Well, nobody could help us and regardless who we asked either they didn’t know anything about the famous Charles or were to stoned understand the question or to answer it.
It is very cold in San Fransisco! Oh no!
I was informed that San Fransisco was very much like a European city, but I did not expect it would resemble Europe even in the temperatures. The climate was a bit of a disappointment. I was walking across the street in my shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt and even the homeless people were looking at me in a strange way.
I parked my car just for a second in a place where you should not park. Suddenly some Japanese guy starts talking to me telling me I need to move the car a few meters to the rear. I comply and back the car up two meters thinking that now everyone can be happy. Wrong, I exit the car and close the door. Lock it, and realize my mistake. The keys are still inside.
I was not amused.
But I was in luck. The first think I did was head over to the first person in uniform I could find. This person listens to my story and steps right on the middle of the road to stop a big truck that was passing by. The truck driver was also some official who could open my car for a mere $55. That $55 would be returned by my triple A insurance. The guy get his Slim Jim, walks over to my car and poses a second for a picture and truly, in a mere 10 seconds he opened my car.
I just arrived :-)
Passing by car SF sure looks like an interesting city, just like in the movies with some very steep roads.
Now to find a piece of beach so I can spend my last week here relaxing in the sun working on my tan and then head back to Holland.
Yesterday I was visiting the famous park with the worlds biggest trees… Sequoia park, and I bought a small little souvenir Sequoia tree. In the park I noticed a lot of signs warning the visitors for the local bears.
When I saw the first sign I was wondering what my chances of survival were would I encounter a bear. I estimated my change of survival to be maybe 50%. That estimation was of course based on my vast lack of knowledge on the subject. Today I found out. Today I was walking around Yosemite park and there was a bear walking around. It was even worst, there was a bear walking around with her young. The most dangerous situation you can encounter.
But both bears were so incredibly small. You must be a real dumbo for a small bear like that you take you to the next level in life. This bear was harmless and she was only trying to get access to the trash containers. The bear failed in opening any trash and decided to go elsewhere.
Yesterday was a special movie night in the hostel and I was again surprised. For a movie night in Hollywood you would expect the very best of movies… but no, Godsend, Talking Lies and some other bad cross dress movie with David Duchovnie. All three movies were crap, even though I drank large amounts of alcohol before watching.
Tomorrow I will leave this place and I will probably head over to San Fransisco. In San Fransisco I will try and relax a little. Spend some time at the beach and maybe take a surfing course. Maybe I’ll find some other thing I can do. I’ll see.
It is really true!!!
I have not see any police chase in the time I’ve been in America. I’ve been in Hollywood for two hours and while walking through the street (Hollywood Blvr) I encounter one total loss police car, eight police cars standing all over the place, police officers managing traffic, one bad guy car which was black with tinted windows and quite some dents and cops everywhere with guns, sticks and notebooks.
I directly took a few pictures. Most feature the total loss police car and a thing very typical for Hollywood, pretty girls.
I have arrived in Hollywood and it is a pretty cool place! The ambiance is very nice and the temperature not so. Right now I’m planning to try and climb the mountain and visit the famous Hollywood sign. Maybe I can even urinate against the H.
Tomorrow I’ll take off to visit LA. I heard quite a lot of negative stories about LA which makes me think it might be something like Detroit :-r
I’m definitely curious and if I don’t like it there I’ll just continue to the next city. They have a beach, so how bad can it really be.
Yesterday I met a professional lifeguard. This one did resemble the girls you see in the Baywatch series. The only bad thing was that she wasn’t working. It was a Scottish girl that had worked as a lifeguard for 7 weeks but on a different beach. She was now enjoying a little holiday on another beach.