This is the last part of the recap of our trip to the West Coast of the USA. On our trip, we have visited cities and national parks, saw famous and random sights, experienced crowded and deserted places, enjoyed beautiful and ordinary things. We spent the last few days in San Francisco Bay Area where we have met with friends, visited Google, explored the Stanford University campus and enjoyed a few more days of California’s sunny weather, before taking a flight back to Brussels.
We were staying in Palo Alto, just a few minutes from Google Plex, Facebook campus, Stanford University, etc. On our first morning in the area, we went to the Facebook Festivals event. It’s an event organized on a parking lot of Facebook in Menlo Park. We arrived around noon, just in time to join the crowds. It was a chili cook-off day, and we sampled nine different chilies and voted for the best ones.
We walked around to see everything there was – farmers selling fresh produce, a small petting zoo, a band getting ready to perform, etc. After our chili lunch, we shared a red velvet oreo cupcake and headed to Google to meet with friends.
We are happy for our friend who loves his job at Google and we were glad he had some time to show us around. The only way to visit Google is with someone who works there. We checked out the visitor’s center, took pictures with Android sculptures and continued to Google Plex. Since it was a weekend, the area was quite empty with just a few other visitors walking around.
These last few days in the US, we stayed in a room in a house in Palo Alto. It was our best Airbnb experience, yet. The owner of the house, as well as another tenant, were very friendly, helpful and generous. We spent every evening talking for hours, and we even had a great dinner together one night.
The girl staying in the house offered to guide us on the Stanford campus. Since she recently graduated from Stanford, she knows a lot about the history of the university and students’ life there. We learned a lot during the tour on the campus and thanks to her stories, we could imagine how it feels to live there as a student.
The Stanford campus is the biggest university campus in the world. The university was established in 1891 by a husband and wife Leland & Jane Stanford. They built the University in a memory of their son Leland Jr., who died in 1884.
There are mostly small building on the campus and lots of trees in between them. It’s truly a beautiful place to live and study.
We went up to the Hoover Tower, to get a bird’s eye view of the campus. Even more interesting than the view from the tower’s summit was the exposition inside. The tower is named after a former American President Herbert Hoover, and the exposition is dedicated to him and his wife, Lou Henry. The Hoover Dam we visited earlier on our trip, is also named after Herbert Hoover.