Reno, NV ᛫ September 29 – October 3, 2017
From San Francisco, it was a 3-hour bus drive to Reno. It was incredible to see how quickly the landscape changed from California to Nevada. I had been to Las Vegas before and expected a similar desert around Reno. But it wasn’t at all like that. There were mountains with beautiful valleys, forests, rivers, and lakes.
The city itself looked like a small version of Las Vegas though, with lots of casinos and hotels. From the bus terminal, I took a Lyft taxi to the couchsurfers’ place. They weren’t home but had told me before how to get in. And their housemate was there when I arrived. So I hung out with him and he showed me around their nice house.
Reuniting with Couchsurfing Friends
The couchsurfers were actually the reason I went to Reno. I had hosted them at my place in Cologne back in June and we spent a really fun time together. So since Reno isn’t far away from San Francisco, I decided to stop by their place to see them again.
Rosa’s work was just next to her home and she stopped by to say hi shortly after I arrived and then went back to work. Some of their friends came over and we hung out, watching videos and chatting. Rosa joined us after her work. After catching up for a while, we went downtown to see more of the city.
Exploring the City
We walked along Virginia Street which seemed to be Reno’s strip and main road for casinos and hotels. During the weekend I was there, the Street Vibrations took place. It’s a motorcycle rally that attracts many bike lovers from everywhere. So the city was filled with bikers, motorcycles in all different shapes and colors, and the sounds of their motors really did make the streets vibrate. The main road was closed to cars and instead, it was used for the festivities. There were booths with food, drinks and motorcycle gear, concerts, exhibits and the majority of people was dressed in black leather. It was really interesting to see.
We went to “Awful awful burger” (The Nugget) which was a 24h restaurant inside a casino and had some nice fries. Afterward, we met up with Rosa’s boyfriend Aaron and continued our tour of Reno. We stopped here and there to look at some art installations and walked along the Truckee River. You can find a lot of cool art around the city, most installations were originally used for the Burning Man festival, which takes place annually not too far from Reno. We ended up in the bar Pignic Pub & Patio which had great live music and a beautiful outside area with fires. It was a really fun night.
Enjoying the Time in Reno
The next few days, I hung out more with Rosa, Aaron, and their friends, we went to all you can eat sushi, played the very fun game “Cards against Humanity”, I walked around the city, looking at the art during the day again, finally relaxed a little and were able to run some errands. I really enjoyed my time there and I’m pretty sure I will be back – either for Burning Man or snowboarding or better both. 😉
My next destination was Northern California and it would take me a pretty long time to get there. On the 3rd of October, I left Reno in the early afternoon, took the bus to Oakland, waited there for almost two hours to take the second bus to Eureka, where I arrived in the early morning.
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