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Luck and Irish

Luck and Irish

Day 1 of The Global Scavenger Hunt

Today, my FitBit tells me I walked over 28,000 steps--and this was just a practice run. 

We got our first assignment today, here in San Francisco. This was a way of breaking us in, to give us an idea of how the scavenges work. And it was judged on a pass/fail basis rather than an accumulation of the points we earned. Next time we do this, points matter. 

The booklet contained 38 scavenges; we were told to complete eight. If you want more of a play by play, my Fushilou blog has more details. I want to talk here about my happiest moments, which involved luck and kindness...and also a famous Irish coffee. 

There were several scavenges that Mark and I stumbled upon simply by luck, or because we happened to run into a kind person who gave us a tip that led to a discovery.  

For example, in stopping to ask a person at an information kiosk about Segway rentals, he directed us up the street, across from the cable car turnstile, "right next to Buena Vista, the famous Irish coffee spot." 

One of the tasks we were given (among our mandatory scavenges, which were food related!!!) was about Irish coffee! It wasn't the one we had chosen to do and I forgot why until I looked it up again: 

"Enjoy a real Irish coffee at a legendary SF spot." 

Well, not knowing what that was, we hadn't planned to do it, but this piece of information was brilliant! And let me tell you...40+ days of not having alcohol (save wine on two Sundays)  made this one of the sweetest moments of my day.*

*quite literally as there is also sugar in it, I'm guessing. But one day away from Easter--and we'll be flying all of Easter Day--so it seemed okay. 

Me and Mark, cheers! (To be clear, he has a Guinness, not a pint of Irish coffee) 

Me and Mark, cheers! (To be clear, he has a Guinness, not a pint of Irish coffee) 

This was just one of a handful of moments that were so memorable and happened only due to chance and the kindness of strangers. 

I'd say we're off to a good start! 

Dumplings in Hong Kong

Dumplings in Hong Kong

Big Friday

Big Friday