A round up of the busyness of the past couple of days and some random observations of the USofA.
* July 4 – wow! It seemed like half of San Francisco and a good many visitors went down to the bay for the fireworks. The whole length of the Fisherman’s Wharf area was packed and it had a real carnival feel to it, with street food vendors and balloons and sparkly headgear all over the place. The fireworks were great, heavily featuring red and blue, naturally (plus we got to see Oakland’s show across the bay for good measure). We were very fortunate with the weather that night and actually for the whole stay there.
* People in San Francisco seemed to take their dogs everywhere. I even saw someone with their pug on a lead in a clothes shop, and there were dogs inside restaurants and Starbucks – not just in the outdoor seating areas. But most of the dogs we saw were pretty small. Possibly it’s not just confined to SF either – I spotted this sign in a bar in New Orleans.
* Disneyland. Well. Just watch this:
* Americans (including Mickey Mouse) really are friendly, just like everyone says. And many have been super impressed that we’ve come such a long way just to see their country.
* I am not a fan of the so-called cheese that gets put on many fast foods here. Cheese is not meant to be that colour or consistency. But the B&B we’re staying at in New Orleans had some very nice real cheese they served up on Saturday evening, so clearly the country does know how to do it right.