Over the summer, all of the Caltech undergrads in Seattle got together to go on a weekend road trip to Vancouver. With 9 people, we booked an Airbnb and set off from Seattle on a Friday evening.
The first night, we arrived pretty late, around 11pm, so we got some food and went out to explore the nightlife of the city. On the second day, we got brunch and then walked around town. The city itself is so nice and clean – it looks so beautiful! I’d definitely want to come back here for a longer trip sometime.
The McDonald’s here has a little Canada symbol in the logo. 😂
Vancouver is known for good Chinese and Korean food, so we were all hoping to get some good food for dinner. I had also looked on Yelp for cute desserts and bakeries, and it just seemed like Vancouver had so much delicious food worth trying. When we were walking towards Stanley Park, we stopped by a bakery I had seen online and got a few sweets :) I got a kaya and honey bun, and it was delicious!
In Stanley Park, there were areas with gardens, rose gardens, and various paths inside the park and along the water. It was so pretty! We also got a nice view of the city from the Seawall.
Walking back towards town for dinner, we stopped by this cute boba shop that specializes in Taiwanese fruit tea. It was soooo yummy and satisfying, especially since Seattle doesn’t have that much good boba unlike LA.
For dinner, we stopped by a Korean place called Sura, and I got a beef stew. It was really good! Seattle doesn’t have too much Korean food either, so this meal was really satisfying. We left Vancouver right after dinner, and I was so sad it was such a short trip. I hope I can come back to Vancouver again in the future!
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like: