Happy Friday everyone!
I’ve got an exciting 3-day weekend ahead of me, which includes Valentine’s Day (one of my fave holidays!)
Nowadays, I give about a normal campus tour once a week (at 11:15 if you’re interested in taking a tour here!) and one special tour a week in which I give a tour to a group of students from a high school.
I have been giving tours since my freshman year and pretty much have my route and dialogue down pat. It is so much second nature to me…that I can walk the entire campus backwards, and talk for a full hour and fifteen minutes about Caltech. I love my tour-guiding job so much…I really really enjoy it, and have found great satisfaction in helping high school students learn all of the wonderful and unique things about Caltech. And everytime I give a tour, it always lets me reflect on how lucky I am to be at Caltech and all of the opportunities I have been given.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.