After quite a long period of neglecting this whole page, I decided to write my first travel post about my safe haven: SAN FRANCISCO. Okay I know, technically SF isn't my hometown but being a 40-minute away neighbor gives me the right to call it that hehe. I find myself in the city a lot, whether it's for showing relatives around the tourist hotspots or just spontaneously deciding to venture deeper into the perilous roads (my parents expect me to drive on Lombard HAHA good one).
I usually take this city for granted, simply because I visit too often. I always complain about walking down the Golden Gate Bridge and how the SF wind is messing with my diva hair. I also complain about having to walk back to the car after a tiresome stroll through the numerous streets or having to walk past 15+ piers just to watch fireworks. Basically, you can tell I'm not a fan of walking. But if you are, this city has A LOT for you to explore!
Pier 39 is probably one of the only places I love to walk through! It's otherwise called "Fisherman's Wharf" and it features a view of the bay, an open pier, decent food and it's just an overall good place to soak up some SF vibes. Plus you might even run into "Jack Sparrow" so win win.
San Francisco is like the gangster version of every other city because we house the prisoners of Alcatraz! Well, not the prisoners anymore but we still have the prison intact and open to visitors. I've been fascinated with Alcatraz since the time I was 6 since it seemed like such a mysterious and eerie place. So skip eleven years and I finally end up sailing the ship to the island prison. The ride was pretty cool and once we reached it still seemed pretty cool. It was when we were handed headphones for an audio tour that I started to get less excited. Don't get me wrong, Alcatraz and its history is seriously very interesting but having a monotone voice tell how you how many steps to take while giving a rather detailed account of every cell's inhabitants was unbearable...which is why I found myself pressing the "forward" button more often than not. I took in the interior sights (which were a tad depressing) and felt bad for my audio tour host every 8 minutes so I listened in occasionally. When we were exiting towards the gift shop, a former prisoner who had been released many years back, was visiting Alcatraz with his wife to release his book about chilling personal accounts from his time in prison. This was the coolest! So the trip ended on a high note but nope, not returning. But I do feel like it's worth a visit! Who knows, you may find the audio tour more entertaining than I did.