Since my sister wasn’t coming down for Thanksgiving we went up to see her. My mom, Joy and I went up to the bay on Wednesday night for a few days of hanging out with Nina, and exploring the city.

The first day Nina had to work so we played tourist for the first  day visiting Alcatraz and getting on a boat to check out the old prison. The prison was actually much smaller than i imagined, and was pretty cold and foreboding even if it was sunny on the outside.

Friday Nina had already planned to take the day off to visit the de Young museum for a van gogh exhibit, while we planned to go to the California Academy of Sciences to see their rain forest, aquarium, and even penguins. If you’re planning to go i would suggest buying the tickets from costco, or using public transportation to get a few bucks off admission.

At night we planned to meet up with friends for a tree lighting at the Hyatt. We got there early and enjoyed a few happy hour drinks beforehand, and we probably had one too many before the night was over. Some of us had a more difficult time getting back but all got back. Saturday was less eventful and was more just a day of recovery before heading back home to socal.

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