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November 6 - 8, 2000
Piedmont, California
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Piedmont, California:
Latitude: 37° 49' 22" North
Longitude: 122° 13' 44" West
Altitude: 3 feet
From Seattle: 773 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Amy's family

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Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Region: California
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Days: 1306 through 1308
Linear Dist: 254877
Countries Visited: 73
Regions Visited: 274
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Hotels: 512
Friends / Family: 304
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 85
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4352
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Journal Entry:
Nov. 6: Slept in a little, but not nearly as long as I thought I would. I called Wolf and arranged for us to meet for lunch. Amy's mom dropped us off at the Bart station and thirty minutes later we were in San Francisco. We met Wolf in his office then had a nice lunch in Buena Vista(?) Gardens. After lunch we walked around the gardens and checked out the Martin Luther king memorial. Wolf used his work ID to get us in to SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) for free then went back to work. The museum was showing pieces from the Anderson collection. I'm still not a huge modern art fan, but the exhibit was really enjoyable, and much more approachable than the display I'd seen at MOMA last time (five or six years ago).

Amy and I hit a few stores for half an hour then met Wolf again to take a bus back to his house in the Marina district. We hung out at his house then went out for dinner at a burrito place. We had a glass of wine back at his house then I got my car back and we headed for Amy's. Driving a car was weird, driving my Jeep and not the Patrol that I had in Australia was weirder, and driving on the right side of the road was just plain hard. We made it back across the bay bridge and through Oakland without too many problems (I may have hit the curb a couple times).

Nov. 7: Amy had to work so we got an early start and I dropped her off then went for a leisurely breakfast. I spent the morning driving around the area, first looking for something interesting, and then just looking for parking. I finally ended up parking in a lot right next to the Asian Branch of the Oakland Public Library. Nothing in the library was in English, but I ducked in to see if they had internet access - and they did. I spent an hour on the computer before going to meet Amy for lunch. After lunch I spent the afternoon just walking. It was a gorgeous day - cool but sunny, but I didn't find much to see so I kept walking. After I picked up Amy from work we went up to Berkeley so she could vote and then went back to her house to have an incredible Lasagna dinner with her family.

Nov. 8: Amy had to work again so after dropping her off I did a repeat on yesterday - breakfast / coffee, then a couple hours internet at the library. Amy and I met for a light lunch. After lunch I tried to find a shopping area up towards Berkley that Amy had told me about, but I couldn't find it (it turned out that it's no longer there). Instead I drove down to Jack London Square on the waterfront at the other end of Broadway. I spent the afternoon wandering around and marveling at the changes that have happened to the square in the fifteen years since I was last there. It's now a very nice tourist / shopping / entertainment complex. I ended up seeing a movie (Charlie's Angels) and then spending a couple hours in the Barnes and Noble bookstore before returning to pick up Amy. The two of us went back to Jack London Square and spent some time exploring the Cost Plus World Market - full of things I'd just seen in Thailand and things that we will see in India. For dinner we had a couple beers and a huge (and delicious) pizza at Zachary's in Berkeley.


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