Returning to San Francisco and our final days
14.04.2011 - 15.04.2011
After a brilliant week spent in Vancouver - a huge thanks to our marvelous hosts and apologies for eating you out of pickles - we reluctantly boarded the bus to Seattle and embarked on our massive journey back to San Francisco. San Francisco was to be our last stop of the big tour and we were sad to be leaving Canada. Tom had also feared that Katie might have shredded the passports in a bid to keep us there, but this was not so and we made it over the border in once piece.
Before boarding the train in Seattle we decided to get some sandwiches so that we didn't have to purchase expensive microwave pizzas from the buffet car to keep us going on the train. Now, what is it with Americans and sandwiches? They love putting huge amounts of ham slices and fake cheese on them. It takes about 20 minutes to peal of half it so that it is edible. I will give them credit for their excellent array of condiments, but they need to sort the cheese situation out. I would kind of understand putting cheese on everything if it was nice cheese, and indeed this is how Tom lives normally, but the cheese is nasty. Rant over.
The train ride went smoothly and we managed to get some sleep which was great. The only thing of note was that we saw a drunk man getting thrown off the train in the middle of absolutely nowhere because he had been caught smoking. All terribly dramatic, with passengers really enjoying the show.
We arrived into San Francisco in the morning and after a hearty breakfast at a classic American diner, we headed out to the shops around Union Square to pick up a few bits and pieces. Once the shopping was completed we caught a cable car across town and up and down perilously steep hills. Exciting stuff, particularly for Tom had a standing spot hanging on to the outside. We got off by the sea and wondered about for a while before visiting the "crookedest street" and enjoying the views.
We had arranged to stay with our friend Ali's brother (Andy) that night and we spent an enjoyable evening with him and his girlfriend Emily. Andy also felt similar frustrations about the ham in sandwiches.
So here we are on our last day, trying to ram everything back into our bags and get everything sorted for the flight back. Our plane leaves at 7:05pm tonight and we arrive at 5am our time, which is 1pm UK time on Saturday. We can't believe it's the end of the trip and although we are looking forward to seeing everybody again there is a large part of us that wants more time; we didn't even touch Africa, South America or New Zealand. So (unrealistic) plans are afoot for the next trip: Tom and Katie's World Tour II: Return to the Southern Hemisphere. Watch this space. Over and out.