“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not create conflicts” – Kjell Magne Bondevik

San Fran was the last stop of the trip before heading back home to Australia. I did do a short trip to Mexico between Miami and San Fran, but I will keep the US trip write-up together and write about Mexico next.

This was my second time in San Francisco and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Last time I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. This time I walked about 10km from the city, across the bridge, down to the gorgeous little town of Sausalito and then caught the ferry back to the city. It was definitely quicker by bike, but as a lousy bikerider when it comes to hills, I found walking it a fair bit easier!

No trip to this city is complete without eating clam chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl. Down by Fishermen’s Wharf a number of street-side chowder sellers bid for your buisness. I am sure many people have their favourite, but I tried two different ones and neither disappointed. While you are at Fisherman’s Wharf you MUST check out the Musee Mechanique, a museum of antique coin operated arcade games that you can actually play! It is so much fun and one can easily spend a couple of hours there and have an absolute ball.

Down by Pier 39 the sea lions bask in the sun and this is also the departure point for cruises out to Alcatraz, the infamous federal penitentiary that is a really interesting half day trip. City Hall is a beautiful building both inside and out and the Historic Cable cars are best ridden hanging onto the outside.

To top off the last night in the USA, a celebratory icecream sundae from the famous Ghirardelli‘s was had! It was delicious and oh so filling!

So this wrapped up what was a wonderful three month long adventure. It is too hard to pick a favourite place, but the National Parks are certainly up there. And Mexico. Mexico was awesome (stay tuned for Mexico posts). Returning home was hard, but I have since moved to Queensland, Australia (the sunshine state!), started a new awesome job and am now wondering where my next adventure will take me…

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