Day 5

Time goes by so fast! I’ve more or less been “flying by the seat of my pants” since I got here, which is a great way to explore the city, but not a great way to get things done. It’s okay, though, because exploring has helped me get a good feel for the city and it’s been fun.

I wasn’t planning on going to Alcatraz, but I met a guy from Germany who wanted to go, so I said “Why not?” I think that island is one of the coolest places I have ever been. The history behind it, the views of the bay and city, and the architecture is stunning and engaging. I took so many photos, I couldn’t keep up with sharing them, so I’ll try to post them asap.

The hostel is full of international travelers. I guess cheapness has universal appeal, lol. I’ve met a German, a Brazilian, a Chinese student, a Vietnamese guy from LA, an American from Japan, a South Korean, a Japanese guy from Canada, and many others all here for different reasons. I also saw a 9-year-old drinking coffee. Hate to break it to you kid, but you aren’t gonna get more than 4 feet tall if you keep drinking that, haha.

I overdid it a bit on Day 2, so I did some job searching on Day 3 in the morning. The process is so time consuming, but I’ve found a lot of job that interest me, so I’m optimistic. In the afternoon I walked with some people up to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, which is a bit touristy for my taste, but good to see. On the way back we walked up to Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and through Chinatown. So much to see.

Going to see a room for rent this afternoon. It’s not too far from the city, so that’s good. I’m hoping it works out so I can start cracking down on this job search. It’s hard to focus in the hostel.

I haven’t really been South of Market Street (SOMA), to the Mission district, or the the West side of the city, so that’s what’s next on the exploratory agenda…