1Z! Alcatraz, CA!

Dear friends and visitors from everywhere, thank you for coming to our pages today; especially from the US, Thailand, Vietnam, India, n New Zealand šŸ˜‰

Dear 1Zumba friend, I tried to invite you to come with us today; but you were not in the mood, so I thought probably next time. Our sightseeing tour was a visit to Alcatraz Island, and it was very successful.

Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz, the former military fort and notorious maximum-security federal prison that housed the likes of Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, and the site of the Indian ā€œRed River Movementā€ and Occupation from 1969-1971, offers visitors to get and up and close glimpse of life on Alcatraz Island. In addition to the historical importance of Alcatraz, visitors can view the gardens, bay views, and birds nesting.

We started our trip from UC Berkeley taking the Bart toĀ 
AtascaderoĀ to Pier 39 where we spent wonderful time, but let me talk about it in another post, just to focus on Alcatraz, since we took millions of photos.Ā 

The weather was perfect, we were so lucky as we were told by our guide. We had our sweaters ready just in case the sun disappears. We had three groups of students and six adults. We had a lot of fun.Ā 

Ferry.jpgThe ferry was quite safe and smooth. I used to fear the sea, and I guess I still do. When I told Jeremy & David about that, they asked me if I had a Ā certain bad memory when I was a kid related to the boats. I thought for a moment, then I answered “Nope”. Then itĀ occurredĀ to me Ā that watching “Titanic” movie affected me a lot, so I said: “But I watchedĀ “Titanic”, so they burst in laughing, saying “Oh! That was enough reason”.Pier33a.jpg

We had a meal at Pier 39, then we marched to Pier 33, where we took the ferry. Everything was well-arranged, and the students were so excited and happy taking pictures, asking questions, and having a good time.

Alc1It took us 15 minutes to arrive to the island, where we had our tour via that spiral trail. I cannot tell you how beautiful the view was from the very top of that island. Of course, it was so windy, and some areas foggy, but still, you can smell the purest air ever.


I hope one day you would try to do it, and get into one of these ferries, and enjoy all these feelings of relaxation & beauty. You would be making the best of your moments, believe me!


Alcatraz – July 9th, 2016 – by Sophie

My dear 1Zumba friends, I hope that you enjoyed this trip with us. It was one of the best promenade we had with our students so far.

I’ll talk to you again Ā in few hours, just check on our previous posts, until we chat some more about Pier 39, and the hilarious incident that happened to the magician. Until then, here’s my kisses ā¤





5 thoughts on “1Z! Alcatraz, CA!

    1. Alcatraz in SF, CA. It was open in August 11, 1934. It became a touristic point. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Native Americans from San Francisco, who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation, with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became part of a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.. Thank you .


  1. I’m James.This is my question.
    1.What is the boat’s name?
    2.Why did we have to bring our sweaters on the trip?
    3.How long did it take us to get on to the island?

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