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Rihanna – California King Bed

I was cleaning the kitchen (yeah, its all glamour around here) last night with the radio on, when the new Rihanna song came on.

Sorry, what? California King Bed? Really? A song about a bed?

But then I remembered about my trip to California last year (sigh, I think I need to go again soon) and the epic bed we had at the hotel in Palo Alto.

Oh that bed. So big (I lay on one side, Alex was on the other, and I couldn’t even kick him. I NEED THIS BED), so comfortable, so amazing. Perhaps RiRi has been staying at a Sheraton hotel lately and knows how awesome the “Sweet Sleeper” bed is. Or maybe she bought her own – yes, I looked it up, yes, the hotel chain sells their specially designed bed and linen and yes, if I had €3275 (THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE EUROS WTF), there would be one on order to Bristol already.

OK Rihanna. I totally get where you’re coming from. Now, I just need to convince Alex that we need this bed in our lives.

Visiting San Francisco

Click to see this one a lot bigger, its a great photo (well, I think so!)

We got to San Francisco about 8pm on the Friday of our “holiday” (Its weird to refer to it as a holiday, since Alex was working most of the time, but from this point, it was a holiday. Ish.) We were staying at the Hilton Financial District and after checking in, we went up to our 23rd floor room to find this view:

I think I had my face pressed up against that glass for a good 5 – 10 mins just looking at everything. First thing I pointed out to Alex was a bright pink place, which turned out to be a strip club. I do not have some sort of strange attraction to strip clubs.

This was the view in the morning. The island to the left of the tall tower in the centre is Alcatraz.

Look! There it is a lot closer!

On Saturday, we went to Pier 39 for a wander. Pier 39 is a pretty touristy attraction, with quite a few shops. Unfortunately it was raining quite badly on Saturday, so we went to Aquarium of the Bay. I had to move the photos of the aquarium into their own album on Facebook as Alex was quite snap happy.

That is a look of pure concentration on my face. This was pretty awesome, just full of these fish (I can’t remember what sort they were, I want to say pilchards) swimming about in a circle, opening and closing their mouths every so often.

We ended up walking back to the hotel from the pier – not through choice, but because we couldn’t find a taxi in the rain! Somehow we didn’t take any wrong turnings, and got back quite quickly without resorting to our phones. I call that a win.

Saturday night we went to see Tron Legacy in super uber ZOMG 3D (theres probably a brand name for the 3D thingy we saw, but I prefer mine). The film was pretty good, despite me never seeing the original! American cinemas are crazy with the fast food as well, massive buckets of Coke and just sweets EVERYWHERE.

Sunday, I’ve already covered in my previous blog post about why we ended up stuck in New York – we just stayed around the hotel, frantically refreshing the American Airlines webpages on our phones!

You can see the rest of our San Francisco and fishy photos on Facebook.

Visiting Palo Alto

Wow, it seems like ages ago that we were in America, and yet, it seems really recent. Does that make sense? Does anything I say make sense? Hmm.

Anyway, I blogged about our trip from London to San Francisco, but didn’t actually write about the rest of what went on. This was partly because I was so busy with my hectic lifestyle of er… a bit of shopping then American daytime TV. Its not as good as UK telly btw. No Jezza. (Everyone loves a bit of Jezza)

We were in Palo Alto while the boyfriend was meeting lots of work people (including his new boss) While he was in meetings, I wandered about the little city.

I visited Stanfords campus:

I got a train to Mountain View (and was incredibly grateful when I found that Google provides free wifi all over the town. Waiting for a train was much more entertaining when I could talk to people on Twitter)

I found a roundabout! (My dad has always said that they don’t really do roundabouts in America, so this one amused me with its helpful diagrams!)

I went to a diner!

(Man that place was awesome. I had a cherry soda and a Philly cheese steak. Yum. I was tempted to have an egg cream like Harriet the Spy but then I found out what its made of. Eugh. Fizzy milk? Weird.)

I saw other random things!

A really creepy looking mansion!

The house where HP started in the garage and is said to be the birthplace of Silicon Valley. (I know, crazy times)

A giant egg decorated in circuit boards.

If you’d like to see the rest of my Palo Alto photos, I uploaded everything to Facebook – because I can. So there.

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