It seems to be an annual tradition here at Caltech for each individual house to pile into a dozen cars and drive up to some of California’s best hills for a weekend of snowy bliss. This weekend, Avery House took advantage of the long weekend and 40 of us piled into a few cars and headed to a cabin near Big Bear Mountain. The first night was relaxing as we tried to play Majong.
For those of us who were familiar with skiing in cold climates, myself included, California skiing was a completely different experience. In fact, that morning as we got onto the slopes, we saw some people from Fleming house (their ski trip happened to coincide with ours). One of them was wearing only a t-shirt and shorts. I found the notion of skiing in such thin layers a bit absurd but once we got onto the hills it got so warm that I was entertaining the thought of skiing in a t-shirt as well. In fact, there were even people who were skiing shirtless! This was definitely a new experience. Skiing in California is definitely the best of both worlds.
Here’s a picture of us at the top of the mountain (courtesy of Sean Mckenna). I’m the second on the left in this picture. We were all smiling in this picture because it was before we took a few tumbles down the hill. The “after” shot would not have looked as pleasant :P
The next day was spent in the cabin lounging around, sleeping, and attempting to do some work. The ski trip was definitely a defining freshman experience. It’s not everyday that you get to forget all about work and just enjoy being in each other’s company. However, heading back to Caltech was also a great relief. The air was once again warm enough so that we could not see our own breath.
We headed out to Lake Avenue to explore some local cuisine. We found Abricott a cozy little Thai-French fusion restaurant. The sun was shining and we couldn’t have been happier!
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.