The Bay Area is a ridiculously picturesque place, and few places can beat Sausalito. It’s a small town that has intense vacation vibes, with small shops, a cute Main Street, views of the bay and a lot of ritzy houses. No wonder it’s swarmed by tourists. Like San Francisco, a lot of the houses in Sausalito are built on hills, so you can definitely get a little workout just walking about.
This view was taken on some steps. They led from the main street to another residential street, but they were really steep! It can also be noted that there was a small bench surrounded by flowers up the steps, and the backyard of a house was also accessible from the stairs.
One of the coolest things about Sausalito is actually getting there. You can go to the Port of San Francisco at the Ferry Building and take a ferry across the bay. When Carl, the fog, isn’t around, the ride across has really gorgeous views all around. We could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and other places around the bay. The view of San Francisco from the water is also astonishing, as it’s not a view that we can necessarily see very often.
There are other ferry’s that go from San Francisco to other places around the bay. You can see them in the Port of San Francisco/ Ferry Building marketplace: they have an old fashioned flip board that shows the ferry destinations and departures. Sometime in the future, I think I should go back to explore around the bay more - or at least ride another ferry.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
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!