On Saturday we got up early to head into Chinatown for some Dim Sum cuisine. We passed through a square filled with paintings, drawings, and sculptures of all kinds.
In Chinatown we explored the plethora of markets and shops full of interesting food and useless souvineers. The people were hurried and minded their own business, and we felt incredibly touristy with our amazed smiles and cameras ready, but it was a lot of fun to pick up some cheap candy and a few little trinkets for friends back home.
We went to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and sampled warm, fresh cookies. I picked up a bag and later went through my 10 new fortunes. We gathered at a delicious Dim Sum restaurant where our Chinese peers were able to order the perfect variety of food for our table. It was such a fun experience and I ate some of the most delicious food. I am so glad I got the opportunity to try Dim Sum with such an adventurous and open group of people.
After walking through Chinatown some more we made our way to Fisherman's Wharf. We took photos of the beautiful city streets and got some great shots of our group. On the wharf we watched a few performers and participated in a magician's side-show attraction where he used some of our students in a rope trick and made my 5 dollar bill disappear into a lemon.
We went to the Musee Mecanique where we played dozens of antique games and laughed at how far from politically correct some of them were. There were extremely funny and dark games where figurines were hung, decapitated, and tortured, but there were also antique mutoscopes that played silly or incredible little animations like the one to the left, Tiger s. Snake. We spent copious amounts of time and quarters indulging in every artifact this museum had to offer.
After a long day of walking around San Francisco, Darcy and I hung out at the pier, got some delicious fish and chips and clam chowder, and sat in this amazingly peaceful park. We looked out at the ocean, watched the people come and go, and reflected on our trip. The 45 minute walk home was very unappealing, so we called our third Uber driver who was just as friendly and helpful as the rest. So far our experience was amazing, and we were looking forward to the next morning.