Hi there everyone,
As I think most of you know, Jacs and I have now moved up to Berkeley and are having an awesome time settling in to our new home (For those that don’t know, I’m doing an MBA at the Haas School of Business for the next 2 years). I’ve been here since the 31st of July, and Jacs joined me the following day (yes – I had to drive alone while she flew here from a bacholorette weekend in Vegas for her good friend Nadia who get’s married this month!). We’re currently living with Jacs’ grandparents who live in Berkeley and have kindly taken us in until we are settled and find our own apartment – we’ve been having a great time catching up with them.
Before coming up here, we had one week at home in Altadena which was a whirlwind of unpacking, repacking, Jacs going to vegas on the Friday, the rest of the Fam going to Michigan on the Saturday, leaving Kevin and I in charge of the house! DANGER! 😉 In the morning, Kev and I drove round to his place and hopped on our bikes from there down to Manhattan Beach for cool volleyball tournament called Six Man, that saw thousands of people pack the beach. We cruised around drinking free slurpees, free rockstars, and generally enjoying the sunshine before heading home in the evening. Coincidentally, a friend from BCG in Sydney, Finn, happened to be in LA for the day so he came out to Altadena and the three of us partied it up in Old Town. It was an excellent night, but the next morning I couldn’t believe that it was time to finish packing and drive up to Berkeley.
After arriving it was straight into classes for me – I’m doing pre-semester classes in accounting and finance that most of the students take as a refresher. It’s only 3 hours a day (9-12), so is a good chance to meet people and settle back in to paying attention to something for an extended period of time. So far, I’ve enjoyed the classes, and (I’m reluctant to say this) even accounting seemed interesting as the professors are quite entertaining.
Other than a few hours class a day, we have been riding around on our bikes, getting to know Berkeley and also San Francisco. I know Jacs says I always just talk about food, but I have to mention this place we had lunch in San Francisco the other day called Taco’s Sandwiches (the guy is called Taco and is Filipino, so no Tacos on the menu 😉 ), where I had a huge and delicious pulled pork adobo sandwich! We’ve also been looking for apartments that are within a bike ride from campus but near a BART station (the trains to the city for Jacs’ commute), and Jacs has been looking for jobs.
The past week has also kept us busy with meeting all of my new classmates and their partners and getting to know them. Last Wednesday we went along with about 10 people from class to a free running club which was fun and we will keep attending, then Thursday we went for a taco and pub crawl around the Mission area of San Francisco, which started with yummy taco’s at a place called La Taqueria and continued until late into the evening at various bars and pubs. Saturday afternoon, one of the houses where 3 of my classmates live threw a BBQ/Keg party which eventually moved on to a bar and another late night, and then tonight we are going to a ‘networking event’ organised by the Beer Club at a local brewery/pub with free beer. It is busy times! 🙂 Jacs has also been meeting some nice girls and has been out to dinner with them and is even forming an unofficial partners group to have dinners and hang out and stuff when I’m busy.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, our good friends Alpha and Jared who are living in Chicago right now were passing through town for the weekend to go to Yosemite National Park, so we caught up with Alpha for a drink after the pub crawl on Thursday, and had lunch with them in Berkeley today which was good fun.
This week, my classes continue, and then Saturday we are going to Outside Lands, a music festival in Golden Gate park, and then next week is O-Week, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing lots from us over the next little while.
Make sure to let us know how you’re all going.
Ben and Jacs