A few days back in the states
Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
35Trip End Aug 01, 2013
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I took my first week off from the South American adventure to check out Berkeley. It was visit day for prospective phd and masters students, so i got to tour the campus and meet all of the lab professors that will employ me for the next 2-6 years. Although I was back in the states, I held true to my couch surfing and stayed with two
Phd students in the mechanical engineering department.
It was a really educational and eye-opening trip
I spent virtually all of my free time walking around the town, getting a feel for the people, and trying to determine if it's a place I would live. When my first 30 minutes of wandering brought me to a used camping supply store, I had my answer. I love the great diversity of the people, food, and culture. Everyone was laid back, yet intellectually driven and sporty. Even the researchers of some of my preferred labs are climbers!
After Thursday and Fridays Berkeley events, I spent the rest of my time in San Francisco to visit some good friends. Small world, but I met fellow students from china, Thailand, and Germany in Berkeley. One was even completely unplanned!
Overall I can definitely see myself living in Berkeley for perhaps even longer than five years. It set the bar high for MIT and U Penn to live up to. the brief stint back in the states was a great way to recharge the batteries and get some needed high level English interaction. So the journey continues!