I’m back from vacation and back in action.
Well, I got back from California almost two weeks ago but hey – deadlines stop for no one.
I spent half my time in San Francisco and flew to LA for the rest (my LA post will be out shortly!). And yes, I did all of that touristy stuff. I couldn’t help it – I hadn’t been there in eight years and I’ll own up to it. I’m an absolute nerd.
I didn’t do my hair once (thank you, CC Cream!) and brought a record-breakingly small amount of makeup. More than anything, I just wanted to unwind and have a relaxing vacation with my family.
On the Way There
We got stuck in terrible traffic on the way to JFK and nearly missed our flight. In the end, things went without a hitch – aside from me running through the terminal with my Macbook in my arms, my charger dangling over my shoulder, hobbling with my feet half in my free runs, and sweating bullets. I’m kind of used to this sprint with New Jersey Transit.
I also did none of the work I planned to on my six-hour flight – whoops.
Golden Gate Bridge
This is certainly not the GWB. The weather was perfect, and my family and I drove over the bridge while I stuck my head out of the window (dangerous) and took some videos. I was listening to Death Cab and just living in the moment.
We stopped at the observatory to take a bunch of photos. The view was breathtaking.
I’m a horrible driver, and going down this hill would just be a disaster. My dad, on the other hand, was a total pro. I’m easy to scare, so at multiple points on the way down, he pretended to lose control and speed. Cue white knuckles clutching to the door handles in peril.
Pier 39 was full of fun activities, and we walked around and basked in the sun. Last time I came to San Francisco (eight years ago), it was under 40 degrees. Luckily, it was beautiful this time – barely needed a light jacket.
We took a ferry ride around the bay. I enjoyed it for the most part, aside from the whole motion sickness thing. That kind of put a damper on things.
In the evening, we dined at Boudin and it was lovely watching the sun go down. Also, who knew there was a museum dedicated to bread? Carb-lover central.
There isn’t a moment in life where I would turn down chocolate. We headed to (the very packed) Ghirardelli Square, and I ordered a massive mint ice cream. It was glorious.
Thai Food for Days
We ate a generous amount of Thai food while in San Francisco. I’m addicted.
Wait, this is a Mall?
I had to stop by Sephora to grab my beloved Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil, but unfortunately the SF store didn’t have any more in stock. The San Francisco Mall is more like a museum than a mall. Check out their ceilings:
Before leaving for our flight to SoCal, my fam and I drove oceanside and visited Half Moon Bay Beach. It was incredibly windy but fun nonetheless. I caught my parents taking selfies multiple times – kind of gross, but pretty cute.
Overall, I had a great time in San Francisco and I really want to move there. Who knows … maybe I just might.