I just got into Houston, Texas after a hectic day of traveling from Pasadena.
My super shuttle got caught in traffic due to the Lakers Parade in LA, and picked me up an hour late!Not to mention traffic all the way to the airport, and the longest line you have ever seen to check-in. Never did I think I would ever be excited to hear that my flight was delayed—until today; I would have missed the flight otherwise!
After arriving at the Houston airport, I was greeted by my driver, Demitrius, who was holding one of those signs that said: Schlumberger. We grabbed my bags and headed out to the SUV—the second I went through those doors, I felt the humidity right away. It was in the mid 90s when I arrived 6pm central time, not at all what I’m used to in SoCal.
I was then taken to my apartment at an Extended Stay Suite Hotel. This is where I’ll be staying for the entirety of my internship. I am so lucky to have my own place, completely furnished—and paid for, courtesy of Schlumberger! I was ecstatic at how cozy and spacious I found it to be; it has everything I could possibly need. I even have a view of the small pool outside my window :)
I guess all the excitement was too much for me to handle, because I completely passed out on the couch for a few hours after calling my family back in San Diego. But now, I’m wide awake since I have switched time zones–it’s 2am here, but it feels like midnight to me. I’m going to have to make the adjustment quick though, since I have work…starting TOMORROW! yikes!
It is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am thrilled to be writing the first post of our new admissions blog, Caltech Fission. For those of you who didn’t follow the old blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Andrew and I’m a senior at Caltech studying geophysics and English literature.
After a week being back, I think it’s about time for some reflections on what it meant to be abroad, and what I’ve taken away from it. I’m really happy to be back, but it’s just been almost a culture shock of sorts being back in California, and back at my true home (for now, at least).
There’s nothing more festive than beautiful holiday decor. Something that has gotten quite popular in recent years is light displays. Around Pasadena, the LA Zoo, LA Arboretum are a few venues that have elaborate holiday light displays. This past weekend, I went to check out the LA Zoo Lights. The general admission is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends, which is certainly not cheap, so if you do go, be sure to take a ton of photos.