The final destination of our US Tour was in California. We spent a week in Mountain View where Thomas worked at his company’s mothership. On the weekend, we toured San Francisco and Monterey where we saw the major sights and visited a couple friends.
Mountain View seems like a decent town for some, but not my first choice in where I would want to live. Especially after living in Belgium where life seems very focused on family, Mountain View felt very focused on “the career.” That’s not such a bad thing if you love your career, and in Thomas’ case, he does… I’m not confident that my current life of being a stay-at-home wife would be able to hold it’s own there. It felt like a place where there is a lot of pressure to strive for excellence, and not a lot of time to let your hair down.
During the week, I was without a car so I entertained myself on the Mountain View main drag, Castro Street, where there was a tram to San Francisco, free public Wi-fi, and more Asian restaurants than I’ve ever seen in one place. I particularly enjoyed the bubble tea shop – one of my favorite treats that you can’t find in Belgium.
On the day we went to San Francisco, it rained all day. We checked out the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful hills in the nearby Marin Headlands. We had a delicious seafood lunch at the Fisherman’s Wharf. Unfortunately, the sea lions were hiding from the rain. We also drove through Chinatown, Haight-Asbury, and ended up at Golden Gate Park where we visited the Bizarre Bazaar Craft Show. I would really love to come back to San Fran sometime when I have a few days to just explore the different areas of the city.
The next day, we headed to Monterey, a trendy town on the coast. We visited our past minister’s new church and one of Thomas’ longtime friends gave us a photographic tour of the best sights – Point Lobos State Reserve, Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, and the Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. This area was beautiful and I really look forward to visiting again when I have more time to let it all soak in.
At the end of the week, we caught a double red-eye back to Belgium, and boy did the jetlag get the better of us…
I’ve posted the rest of the photos from this part of our trip online. I’m trying out Picasa, Google’s photo site, so if you’re a regular viewer of my “more photos”, please let me know how you like it.