Our first taste of being proper tourists
We took the 09:30 Yellow Bus Tour from Union Square this morning, for a three hour tour of the city in true tourist fashion.
Our driver, Dennis, was probably the best tour guide I could’ve imagined, but for all the wrong reasons. On multiple occasions with the microphone switched on he went full road rage at other road users before apologising and promising never to do it again. He also gave recommendations on where to eat and justified his opinions by reminding everybody of how overweight he was. There was nothing conventional about him but that’s what made the tour so fun! We spent the entire trip on the top deck of the open air bus which was pretty cold and windy at times, but so worth it. After doing a full loop of the city we returned to Union Square with a great idea of where and how far away everything was, and it was only midday so we had the whole day ahead of us.
Stops on the tour included Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Fisherman’s Wharf, but the low clouds and fog which delayed our flight yesterday decided to stick around and prevent us from getting any particularly great photographs. We tried our best though, as you do:
We knew that the last bus back to Union Square was between 16:00 -17:00, but it was cancelled due to an ‘incident’ on Market Street, which for us was pretty inconvenient and meant that we had to walk a few blocks before paying for a bus to get back to our hostel. We’ve been given details of how to claim a refund via email so hopefully that works because it messed up our afternoon a little and meant that we didn’t get back until much later than anticipated.
We got back to the hostel and checked the news and it turns out that the so called ‘incident’ happened to be a four hour stand off between police and an armed man on Market Street just two blocks from where we are staying! No big deal though , we were on the other side of the city at that point.
For supper we had the American equivalent to Super Noodles because we are lazy and poor. Back at our room we had two new people sharing with us, both solo travellers, who each gave us loads of hints and tips about getting around and having the best time on a minimal budget.
Another early night was inevitable after such a log day, and probably a good thing because tomorrow is when the real adventure begins (you’ll see)!