After almost 2 weeks of lunches, dinners and drinks, not to mention leaving parties and many cups of coffee, we finally left Belfast early on Monday morning. The friend who had been putting us up since we'd moved out of our apartment kindly drove us to the airport and we were off.
Our flights were uneventful. We travelled business class which was nice - particularly being able to relax in the lounge at Heathrow (free breakfast! And free lunch! And free bar although we didn't partake in this one). On the long flight from London to San Fran it was great to have the extra space although my legs are too short and I couldn't reach the footrest (first world problems, I know). However I did enjoy the lie-flat bed feature, and really can't complain about getting served ice cream sundaes with whatever toppings you wanted: fudge sauce and cherries for me; fudge sauce, caramel sauce and strawberries for John.
Once we touched down in San Francisco it was a matter of getting the train into the city and then a taxi to our apartment. On arrival we were met by a representative for a meet and greet. The apartment is lovely and fully furnished, and they'd very kindly stocked the kitchen: milk, bread, cheese, turkey slices, lettuce, mustard, mayo, lettuce, eggs, apples, bottled water, english muffins, apples and cornflakes as well as coffee and sugar for the coffee machine. No kettle or tea though - we're not in the UK anymore!
My very favourite however was this:
Here it is next to my hand for scale:
Yes, that is a giant (party-size) frozen lasagna which serves 10 people. We know nobody else here, so we're just going to have to eat 10 servings of lasagna ourselves.
There were towels and soap and shampoo etc in the bathroom and the bed was made up with lots of pillows.
Needless to say we feel incredibly well looked after.
Tuesday we were awake early (hello jet lag!) and walked into town to pick up a few things we needed. We're less than 10 mintues' walk from a supermarket, and 20 mins from central San Francisco, so the location is perfect.
The real win of the day was finding a funky little mexican diner near our apartment. John is great at looking for suggestions on Foursquare and it's not failed us yet. We had a great dinner and then struggled (but managed) to stay awake until 8:30pm. Oh yes, we are living the highlife!
Today we caught the train down to Sunnyvale where we were treated to a drive around the surrounding areas to help us check out where we would like to live. While we are staying in temporary accomodation in San Francisco at the moment, the plan is to move further down to the South Bay area before Christmas. It's a lovely spot and far less of a commute for John. Our driver told us all about the area, showed us some local art galleries and music venues, and kept mentioning things like "farmers market" and "artisanal cheeses". It all sounds very promising.
John starts work tomorrow, and I'm sure I'll find some way to occupy my time.