Friday, September 16, 2022

2022 Greece and Turkey - Day #0 - San Francisco

Friday morning, Sharon and I went to Carbon Health to get a travel COVID test. It came back negative for both of us! This is the first of two hurdles that I have been dreading...

Orginially, we had a Saturday morning flight from Sacramento to Chicago. At some point in the last couple of weeks, this was changed to 6am flight from San Francisco to Chicago! Scrambling, we made a hotel reservation near the San Francisco Airport and arranged through Shawna to have a car pick us up and take us to the hotel on Friday afternoon.

The car picked us up at 2 pm. It was a relatively quick trip to the airport (2 hours 20 minutes). We are spending one night at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. We stayed here on the way to Europe in 2016.

After getting settled in the room, we had a drink at the bar. Catching an Uber, we met Jack and Jason for dinner at Cafe Figaro in Burlingame. The boys had some adventures with trains getting to the restaurant.

We split an order of Calamari Fritti [Fresh squid breaded, fried and tossed in a garlic lemon sauce served with cocktail sauce or chipotle aioli] as an antipasta. I had Spaghetti alla Bolognese [Pasta in homemade all beef meat sauce], while Sharon had Vitello ai Capperi [Veal scallopini with capers, lemon and butter sauce].

Catching an Uber back to the hotel, we crashed early. We have a very early start tomorrow.

One footnote, I started packing for this trip on Sunday. I am probably better organized than any other trip. At nineteen days, this is going to be one of the longest trips that we have done.

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