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Jessica Jahja, Contributor

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As I looked out the car window, I saw the the reflection of the sun on the city’s glass buildings. The blinding light made the city glisten so much that you can see the city thousands of miles away. I was prepared for this trip to the Golden Gate City, I’ve been waiting for this trip for months and I planned out exactly where my parents and I would go. We arrived at Union Square where a sea of people walked briskly crossing roads, going into shops, and getting food from the local hot dog cart. I was ready to be fully engaged in whatever San Francisco had to offer for me and explore every part of it but along that day, some of my plans went awry. Our first stop was to visit Japantown. It’s unique japanese culture gives Japantown some of the best japanese dishes in San Francisco and it offers beautiful places to take pictures. We left at one of their restaurants with a satisfied appetite and also took pictures. Since San Francisco is well known for being a city next to the bay, we went to Pier 39 to capture the waves and try their popular fish n’ chips. That’s when the trip started going downhill. As we were waiting in line for an hour just to get the fish n’ chips, a pigeon flew above us and left a dropping on my dad’s shoulder. Since there were hundreds of other birds flying across the pier, we decided to leave without the fish n’ chips in fear of a bird storm. But since we were able to leave the pier early, it gave us more time to shop in Union Square. When we reached Union Square in Downtown, the temperature of the weather suddenly dropped dramatically along with stronger winds. We tried walking around going through different shops, but after a short while I started getting signs of a cold and that meant that my plans of walking on the Golden Gate Bridge was cancelled. As I started blaming the weather and my weak immune system for ruining this trip my parents decided to take me to what they call a “special place.” We arrived in front of a random, cute house. My parents explained to me that that house was the very first house my parents moved into and lived together raising my two older brothers. After looking at the house that was filled with memories it made the whole trip here more memorable and significant. That’s when I realized that if it weren’t for the bird incident and the weather, it wouldn’t have made this trip memorable.

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