Thursday, June 24, 2010

heading to busan

So, today will be my last day in San Francisco. Tonight I plan to board the Hanjin Yantian in Oakland at about 9pm. According to my contact rep at the port, yesterday the news was that the ship would depart at 6:00am on Friday, however, at last check it has been pushed back to the afternoon. I could, therefore, stay in San Francisco another night due to the postponement, but I'm ready to board.

I've been immensely busy during these past six days returning to the hostel too late for blogging. So, I apologize for not saying more but there has just been so much to see and do. In fact, after I finish this I going to grab lunch and then, go to the post office to send some postcards before heading to the Asian Art Museum and City Hall, which aren't very far from where I'm staying in Union Square. Later today, I plan to pick up from fresh fruits in Chinatown for the voyage.

I've walked almost everywhere it seems. My feet were killing me earlier. I've explored the Presidio and the affluent Richmond Distict as well as the Mission, where I enjoyed an amazing steak burrito at La Taqueria. I returned to the excellent Cafe Greco yesterday afternoon for another cannoli and this time, I tried their cafe mocha which was superb. Two nights ago, I rode the BART into Oakland (which I plan to do again tonight) where I watched the A's lose to the Cincinatti Reds. Their (football) stadium is quite crummy, but the fans were pumped. I sat next to a very pleasant family in the upper deck behind home plate. It was pretty fun and got a chance to see a sliver of Oakland, which compared to San Francisco definitely isn't doing nearly as well.

The homelessness is definitely more noticeable here, especially in the area where I'm staying. At night, it kinda has an vintage, almost seedy1980s Times Square feel before Giulian and Mickey Mouse cleaned house. The homeless here too are rather polite and colorful peddling to tourists and anyone who'd give them a minute.

I've really enjoyed the beachfront by Golden Gate Bridge. Spectacular. Truly. Three mornings ago, I got there at about 7am to take photographs of the bridge and its lovely bay. One of the fascinating sites in the bay has been watching these enormous freighters pass under the Golden Gate. I could spend hours just watching the these engines of international commerce. Simply fascinating.

While on the beach that morning, I asked a gentleman to get a shot of me in front of the bridge. His adorable dog couldn't help but join in the fun.



If things go as scheduled, I'll arrive in Seattle on the 26th but will only be there for about half-a-day before heading off to Busan, South Korea. The scheduled arrival date in Busan is July 6th not July 12th as it was just as few days earlier. While in Seattle, I hope to check out a few of its famous sites, such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and more if time permits. The port is very close to downtown Seattle, I was told, so it should be fine.

This is most likely my last post until I'm in the land of kimchi as Internet access on board is at the captain's discretion, I've been told, so we'll see.

In any event, I'll make a post as soon as I can when in Busan to let you know I've survived. Until then, wishing happiness to all.

5 Comments:

Comment Anonymous EFG said...

I love today's post and photos from near the GG Bridge. I see the summer fog rolling in as it does most of June and July.
Bon voyage and wave to SF for me as you pull out of port.
All the best Duane for a safe and enjoyable sail over the Pacific ocean.
xx

6:01 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

EFG said...
I love today's post and photos from near the GG Bridge. I see the summer fog rolling in as it does most of June and July.
Bon voyage and wave to SF for me as you pull out of port.
All the best Duane for a safe and enjoyable sail over the Pacific ocean.
xx

6:02 PM  
Comment Blogger Bekah said...

Duane!

I'm so proud and happy for you -- for this trip! I can't wait to hear more about it, and am so jealous of all the culture, art, and history you are soaking up :)

Sending lots of love to you dear,

Can't wait to read more!

Love,

Bekah

12:26 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?!? The dim sum didn't make your blog?

--Chris

11:09 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Yikes! :(

8:38 PM  

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