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February 03, 2010

Well, carrying on my travel update, 2008 saw a third visit to the US of A, and California. The third was another work trip which took me to San Fransisco in late December. Every year there is a bit of a mega-conference there for the American Geophysical Union, the AGU has about 16,000 scientists gathered to talk about all sorts like geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, climate stuff, and other earth stuff.
AGU 2008,San Fransisco
To make it more exciting over the road there was also a mega cancer research conference going on of a similar size. I've not been before as I've always been put off by its size, but as someone between the lines of different research themes who's a bit interdisciplinary it was one of the best meetings I've been to, if a little on the crazy side.

I also loved San Fransisco, the trams were great and it was such a treat to be in an American city you could get around without a car.
Tram to the Castro,San Fransisco
On my first day I walked and walked and learnt that some of those hills really are quite steep.
San Fransisco
Excitingly the conference centre was just near Mel's Diner, who did a great line in tasty greasy food.
Mel's diner,San Fransisco
We also went off to a basketball match at Oakland, which frankly wasn't as exciting as a Seahawks match, but did mean I could get myself a foam finger.
The Warriors,San Fransisco

I did some shopping wandering round the great Chinatown, the Castro and Haight Ashbury.
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the Castro, San Francisco

I checked out the windy windy Lombard Street, but I knew it wasn't as steep as the street me and Luke climbed in New Zealand.
Lomnard St,San Fransisco

I also managed to hire a bike and cycle over the golden gate bridge and caught a ferry back at sunset which was amazing, I took photo after photo of the amazing view.
Golden gate bridge ,San Fransisco
San Fransisco
Golden Gate Bridge,San Fransisco
We has a slightly less impressive view on our trip to Alcatraz,
Ferry to Alcatraz,San Fransisco
but the rock was still fascinating and the audio tour was great.
Alcatraz,San Fransisco
I was very obedient as they told you where to look and where to walk on the tour, the hospital was proper creepy and I didn't like that so much.

On my final day I popped over to Berkley and snuck into the football ground for a great view back over the city before heading back in time to get my flight.
Berkley,San Francisco
San Francisco,from Berkley


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