Early starts and even longer days…
We had to be up at 04:00 this morning, for a 05:00 trip to the airport, to catch our 07:10 flight to San Francisco. All that on the back of only three hours and sleep and we pretty much had ourselves set up for a day of nothing else. Our airbnb host gave us a ride to the airport which was nice, and meant that we didn’t have to fork out for a taxi, but didn’t help with the fact that we only had three hours sleep.
We checked in, passed security, and went straight to our gate just to make sure that we wouldn’t be late, but as soon as we arrived it was announced that our flight had been delayed due to low cloud in San Francisco. We ended up taking off over an hour later than scheduled, but the flight was fine. Upon arrival we went straight through to baggage collection without any security which came as a surprise, and then took the BART to where we are staying. I’ve still no idea what BART stands for but it’s basically the underground.
Our home for the next few nights is the San Francisco International Hostel, where we are booked into a four bed dorm. Before arriving we had no idea of who we’d be sharing the room with (if anybody) so once we’d checked in we made our way straight to find out, only to find two suitcases, one made bed, but no people.
We hung out in the room for a bit before heading for lunch, and then returning, but still to no sign of life. The early start left us both quite tired so we didn’t actually leave the hostel for the rest of the day, and kept checking back for a room mate, but it wasn’t until around 7pm that anybody actually appeared. I don’t remember his name, but a solo traveller walked in, on his own, after a day at work. Turns out that he is working out here for a few months, and comes from London too. Not only that, but he’s actually from Woolwich, which is about ten minutes from our house back home. What’s the chances?
He was a good guy and we spoke for a while before deciding to call it a night (it’d been a 16hr day by then). He’s leaving tomorrow though, so we’ll have new friends to look forward to.
My first impression of hostel life is great, I’m really enjoying it so far, but it’s only been one day. We’ll see how it goes from here I guess!
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