It’s now been 3 weeks since we arrived in Berkeley, and it has been an amazingly jam-packed and fun couple of weeks settling in. Since our last post, we have continued exploring town and looking for an apartment. Around Berkeley, there is the slightly quirky and unique Telegraph Ave area where tie-dye reigns supreme, as well as the cute areas along College Ave in Elmwood and Rockridge, Shattuck Ave in downtown Berkeley with its bars, and of course the Gourmet Ghetto restaurants of north Berkeley. Jacs, and I are happy to have found a nice little apartment on College Ave in Rockridge so I’ll be biking to class, and its right by the BART for Jacs commute which is very exciting! We move in on the 29th, so will post some photos then. 🙂 Bonnie and Alexandra are going to drive up to helps us with all the work – thanks in advance you two!
In other news, Jacs tried out for a soccer team and made it which she is pumped up for. She’ll be playing in the Golden Gate Women’s Soccer Association. Grandpa Lou and I have decided to be the top cheer leaders every Saturday 😉 We’ve also been doing a free run club, organised by the local Lululemon store – on Sunday it was a run followed by yoga in the park by Lake Merritt which was fun. While Jacs is looking for the next step in her career, she has taken on the role of Director of Marketing and Communications for Cell-Crete. There is a lot of work to be done, so she is a busy little bee now!
Last week I had the chance to visit the Googleplex (Google Headquarters) in Mountain View for some presentations and to meet some interns who are there right now. The campus was really cool!
Last weekend was the Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, which Jacs and I went to and also met up with Kevin who was up from LA, and a couple of friends from Haas. Although it is a 3 day event, we only went on the Saturday and it was awesome. There was gourmet food and wine, it was a beautiful sunny day, and we rocked out to Ok-Go, Arctic Monkeys, The Roots, Girl Talk and many more late in to the night!
The next day we caught up with Susie, a good family friend who lives in Mountain View, for a delicious brunch in Berkeley which we really enjoyed. (Thanks again Susie 😉 )
The past week has been taken up by Orientation Week, and it has been intense! Each day there were presentations on everything from the career search to setting up your computer to scavenger hunts around campus – the list goes on and they kept us busy. We also had talks from Biz Stone of Twitter fame, and Tom Kelley from Ideo, both of whom were very engaging. In addition to the presentations, a couple of highlights from the week were:
- ‘Cohort Olympics’ which involved the 4 cohorts competing in Olympic sports like cupcake eating and slosh ball;
- An Eighties themed finale party with more spandex then I’ve ever seen and an amazing cover band; and
- Tailgating at the Coliseum before watching an Oakland A’s baseball game.
On Thursday it is our good friends Nadia and Jay’s wedding in Malibu – we can’t wait to see them get hitched. Nadia and Jacs have been friends since the sixth grade, played soccer together forever, and lived together in college. Jay, like me, is an English bloke moving stateside to be with Nadj. We’re then going to have a weekend with the Fam before heading back up. Overall, the past three weeks have been incredible, and I am excited to get into class which starts next week.
GO BEARS! 😉
Ben and Jacs
ps. I’ve started contributing to the student blog – so check out my first post here (its mostly the same as this one): MBA Student Blog