Monday, November 28, 2011

San Fracisco, CA

Well I've been pretty AWOL lately.  Stuck in the windowless pit that is the Medical ICU.  It has been a busy month with lots of sick people to take care of.  Lots of hours, not very many days off at all.
So I'll try to summarize what we've been up to since our camping trip.....first up is my trip to San Francisco.

Every year my residency program sends the 2nd year residents to the ACEP Conference.  ACEP is American College of Emergency Physicians.  They host a conference with tons of speakers giving lectures on various topics, as well as a time for other residents to meet, physicians to catch up with one another and of course, for some fun.  There were thousands of EM physicians in town for the convention - we felt pretty safe in the event of an emergency!  I went with my residency classmates - there are 9 of us total.  There is only 1 other girl in my class and she brought her husband along so I was let with a choice of 7 guys for my roommate - and I let Bry pick.  He picked my good friend Matt and we had a terrific time.  (I was sad that Bry couldn't be there, let it be noted.)

We left on a Friday, right after I got done working the night shift which was not the best timing for me.  Even so it was a really fun trip and I learned a lot too at the conference.  I also really enjoyed getting to spend time with my classmates and getting to know them better.
 I LOVED the Sea Lions.  I must have spent over an hour watching them.  Pier 39 has tons of shops and restaurants too.  When we planned this trip we didn't realize the Brewers would be in the playoffs and thus we had to schedule our travels around finding a bar who would put the game on for us!
 We took a boat ride around the Bay.  Unbeknownst to us we happened to be in San Fran on the nicest days of the year - it was almost 70, sunny and just beautiful.  The boat trip was a great quick deal for us to get to see the Golden Gate Bridge and to tour around Alcatraz - although we didn't actually get onto the Rock.
 Looking back at San Francisco - very pretty
The next day we spent some time walking around the city.  They aren't joking about the hills there - holy cow.  Luckily I had some flats along because we ended up doing quite a bit of hiking, including walking UP Hyde Street (super steep) to the top of Lombard Ave - the curviest street in the world.

 We also got to try some of the terrific foods in the city.  From Sushi to Fish Sandwich to Clam Chowder and Sourdough, to Denny's at 4am.  It was an awesome trip.

 Me with Eric and Matt on the Cable Cars.
 Eric, Bob, Matt, Abi, Joe, Chris, Erik, John
 Abi and Matt at the beach - Golden Gate in the background.
 Chinatown - yep, that's Geoduck, nope we didn't try it!
 The Lanterns in Chinatown.
Another top meal in my life - a Chinese smorgasbord in Chinatown at Z and Y Restaurant.

The trip was a lot of fun.  As usual I'd love to go back (and take Bry with) and do it all over again plus more!

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