Helicopter Trip, San Francisco

Helicopter Trip, San Francisco

Another thing on my 101 in 1001 list was to take a helicopter trip.

I was a little nervous before going. Aeroplanes I was used to (even more so on this trip!) but helicopters seemed a little more lightweight and prone to… problems. There had been extremely dense fog and visibility wasn’t looking too good. That didn’t help with the nerves.

But once we were belting down the freeway to the airport, I started to feel a bit better. The sun came out and burned any remaining mist that was looming.

I took the tour with San Francisco Helicopters who were nothing but very friendly and informative. Because I was a solo traveller, I got to sit in the front of the helicopter (the dream) and get all the front row action. There’s nothing like taking off in a helicopter. There’s no big run up to lift off, you simply “levitate”, I guess. It feels scary and wonderful at the same time!

I popped some fab shots I got on Instagram but here are few more:

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Urban Staircase Tour, San Francisco

Urban Staircase Tour, San Francisco

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ll see I went on a mega trip by myself (that’s another one off the 101 in 1001 days list!). I had the pleasure of exploring some familiar cities and some new ones with friends and by myself. To say I learned a good bit would be underestimating my experience greatly. I got so much more from it than I imagined.

My first stop was, of course, San Francisco.

San Francisco has always been a deeply personal place for me. It was the backdrop of many films and books that I grew up with, it was the first stop on my first ever American tour, it’s where I lived and worked for three months, it’s where I laughed, cried, grieved, stressed and made many fantastic friends.

I think Herb Caen put it best:

If I do go to heaven, I’m going to do what every San Franciscan does who goes to heaven. He looks around and says, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.‘”

–  (USA Today, February 16, 2001)

I’ll be doing a few posts on different parts of not just San Francisco but my full two week trip across the U.S. and Canada. Disclaimer (!!): these posts will be photo heavy but worth it.

SO, let’s get started.

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Sunday, What’s Good?

Sunday, What’s Good?

I like to have Sundays off to physically and mentally do a little clean up and organise. I began this one by trawling through the copious amount of bookmarks that I have saved on my Mac (since well before last Christmas), usually articles on self-improvement or interesting tidbits that I saved for a time that never came.

Some were plain boring, some even were not relevant to who I am as a person anymore but there were a select few that were incredibly interesting and I would finish them feeling much better about myself/the future/life in general, or inspired, or downright disturbed.

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What I Miss About San Francisco

What I Miss About San Francisco

I talk about living in California so much that you’d think I’d spent my whole life there. My friends often quip me with “oh my god, were you in California?” even when I mention it in passing – you know who you are. They think that I had some sort of soul-searching there, which is true, I did learn a lot about myself and life after college, and that came from both good and bad experiences but that trip was only what I can describe as a partial catalyst to who I am now.

San Francisco, for a few short months, became my second home and even though I’ve moved out and lived elsewhere since, I don’t miss campus half as much as I miss the laid back vibe of the city by the bay.

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