Sunday, March 18, 2012

1st Saturday in San Francisco

Hey, y'all, it's Saraya!  It was super hectic yesterday what with flying and getting situated at the hostel.  We headed out from Sorin around noon and landed around 5:30 (I think).  We're two hours behind MSP time so everyone's a little out of sorts.  It was awesome traveling with the Q group, 24 people trying to figure out their way around a new airport and transit system is a little hilarious.  Jessica got stuck behind on the airport tram but don't fret! We were all back together in under 5 minutes.

Kiefer, Lothy, Saraya, and Brianna on the BART *picture from Caty Bishop*

After all that travel everyone was pretty hungry so after settling at the San Francisco City Center Hostel a group of 14 people from our trip and the Q trip headed out to Cala foods.  The hostel is located in the Tenderloin neighborhood.  Glide Church is where we served this morning, Sunday, and attended a service.  It's located about 6 blocks away from the hostel.  What I've seen so far is beautiful and incredibly diverse.  I can't wait to explore it more!

The grocery group outside the hostel *picture from Caty Bishop*

Anyways, we headed out to Cala Foods which is the grocery store that last year's trip used.  We walked up this marvelously steep hill and found ourselves looking at a shut down Cala Foods.  That was pretty disheartening.  However, a wonderful gentleman pointed us down the street quite a few blocks to Whole Foods.

How interesting that we can no longer shop at a local grocery store and instead visited a national chain.  In any case, we ran around looking for all the ingredients and ended up doing pretty well.  At the end of the trip we totaled our goods to (approximately) 4 meals for 24 people at $4/person.  I hope that's the right number we came up with.  Not too shabby.  It was great having the two trips intermingle and help prepare a large group meal of tacos.  We ended up eating at 10:30 (i.e. 12:30 MSP time).

Some other things to note: traveling down the street with 24 people and their luggage is a ridiculous sight, there are a lot of Irish accents on the streets of San Francisco on St. Patty's day, Leprechaun is terrifying and our hostel's way of celebrating, and as exhausted as everyone may be we're all super pumped for the rest of the week.

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