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This past summer, my life was changed after I made my way to the hilly lands of San Francisco to take in all that the city had to offer. I am a southern girl who has never experienced life outside of Louisiana, so this trip was an opportunity for growth in more ways than one. My lucky break came when my eldest sister, Kelly moved to California in August of 2007 and beckoned my other sister, Kier, to visit. Kier quickly saved her money and made arrangements to visit in late May. Though I was short on cash and had a summer job, I decided to join Kier on a whim. I scrounged up my money, packed up some clothes and hopped on the plane with my fingers crossed.
I was in no way disappointed. California was absolutely breathtaking and gave me a wonderful opportunity to bond with my sisters, learn about other cultures and to examine myself inwardly. Though we had many fun filled times over the course of our seven day trip, I will try to spotlight a few of the most memorable and pleasurable experiences I had while visiting this awe inspiring city.
Created in 1937, the remarkable Golden Gate Bridge spans across 4,200 feet and rests over the golden gate strait. On my trip to San Francisco, my two brave sisters and I biked across this massive structure and on to the neighboring city. Snacks packed, digital cameras charged, and energy levels sky rocketing, we set out for our biking adventure with high hopes.
As we made our way across the bridge, we watched others who had made the trip before us trekking back, looking fatigued and famished. However, this did not worry us one bit. After finally making our way across the bridge, we came to a town named Sausalito. The town was wealthy and quaint; the mountains that surrounded the city were so picturesque they seemed to be painted onto an easel which was the sky. After, we made our way through the treacherous hills that tested our endurance, faith and strength. However, after a few miniscule breaks, muscle cramps, peels of laughter and delirious babbling, we made our way to the ferry that took us back to San Francisco.
Another memorable experience from San Francisco that comes to mind was our visit to Chinatown. The streets were filled with soft paper lanterns and streamers hooked onto buildings with traditional Chinese architecture. Shops lined the street, with eager owners begging us to join them inside. We finally stopped at a small tea store and had our heads and bellies filled with information and tastes of tea from around the world. Needless to say, we were truly content with our visit to Chinatown and were excited to have experienced yet another subculture in that great city.
One of our last and most memorable stops in San Francisco was our trip to the beach. The contrast between the omnipotent, violent waves and the cool, gentle breeze that moved through our hair like fingers led to a magical feeling. The beach was an excellent way to complete our trip to San Francisco.
Though I racked up roughly $600 worth of debt to my sister and missed out on a week of work, making the trip to San Francisco was definitely the best decision I have ever made. I will never forget this awesome city and urge anyone with a thirst for adventure, fun and culture to make their way to this inspiring place to gain a new outlook on life.