Fisherman’s Wharf & Hard Rock Cafe

More fun in San Francisco with our Austrian friends

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Weekend fun

Gosh, we have been so busy with the students! I have heard from many families that they really enjoyed showing their students around on the weekend. Some families played laser tag, many went to the beach (so the Austrians could see the Pacific Ocean) and some went up to San Francisco, to the Exploratorium Museum, or to San Jose to the Tech Museum with their host families. Some of the Americans taught their Austrian guests how to cook a typical American food, like chocolate chip cookies!

Monday our guests went to the high schools with their American brothers or sisters, which went very smoothly. The Austrian teachers that visited Gunn with me said that they were very impressed with the quality of the student art work displayed in our school library, and by the fact that we have deaf, blind, and occupationally challenged students all attending school in regular classes. We were lucky enough to have a Gunn high school teacher with us on our tour of Alcatraz, and they were able to ask her questions about the school.

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We go to prison! But have fun first.

That makes the perfect segue to our next tour day. On Tuesday we went to San Francisco again, and took the cable car. It was great to get there first thing in the morning, and miss the crowds. Every one who wanted to got to ride on the outside of the car.

We walked through Fisherman’s Wharf, and then everyone was excited to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39. This is also the pier that is home to the famous Sea Lions, which we saw later in the afternoon.

Out to the ‘Rock’

After lunch we caught the boat to Alcatraz, also known at the Rock. For all you local families that have not taken this tour yet, you should, it is so interesting and evocative! We managed to miss most of the rain during the time we had to be outside.

That was our last stop on Tuesday, it was amazing to share our local sights with these great students. I forget sometimes how much there is to see and do in the San Francisco Bay area. Hosting these students reminds me that I should get out more!

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