Join my camera and I as we explore what the greatest degree on Earth might look like. I’m meeting brilliant minds, going behind-the-scenes at some of the world’s coolest brands and discovering some amazing places to study. Day 10 began in San Francisco.
We landed at 11.00am after flying all night from Peru. Starving, and with flat batteries, we stopped to have a late breakfast at the airport and get charged up.
We made our way to our San Francisco hotel. It was a restored heritage building with big bay windows overlooking the street and old fashioned pink velvet decorative lounge chairs and long curling to floor drapes. I thought it was great until we got to our rooms and independently told our loved ones that we were staying in a haunted hotel.
A few big name partners were confirmed to see us on this final leg including Les Mills, AirBnB, Yelp and Google. But unfortunately due to heightened security in the USA this week, most of them cancelled our visits. So for this reason we had this day to explore San Fran a little more than expected.
We made our way down to the famous Pier 39 to take a cruise around the bay. The weather was perfect and we were keen for some sea breeze. While waiting for our boat to depart we took in the scenes around the pier, the brave sea gulls who posed for photos, the loud grunting seals sunbaking on the rocks and the thousands of bubbles floating in the sky from the local toy shop.
We boarded the boat and it started to sail out into the open sea. We passed the colony of seals who were happily clapping in the sun and sailed out into the sunset towards the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
After we passed under the bridge the boat made a turn towards Alcatraz, the legendary jail located on a secluded island in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is now home to thousands of birds and marine life.
The cruise ended just as the city was switching its lights on. It was looking festive with a massive Christmas tree in the centre of the pier. The smell of freshly baked bread was in the air.
We wandered around the pier looking for what is the famous food of the district. Every restaurant sold it, but there were only a couple that were revised as the absolute best. So we chose Boudin for our taste of the traditional Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl. Boudin is a famous bakery where they construct incredible shapes of animals with bread. There is a basket conveyor belt hanging from the ceiling delivering fresh bread from the bakery to the shopfront. We sat down with our steaming hot clam chowder. It was thick and creamy and delicious. There was a lot of bread there but the concept is brilliant for dipping pieces of bread crust into the chunky soup.
We’d had a lovely scenic and somewhat relaxing day but we were keen to get an early night back at the hotel.
This is where my Greatest Degree adventure ended – it was certainly a whirlwind but I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of it. If you haven’t already entered the Greatest Degree on Earth Competition, what are you waiting for?