Reveling in early-adopter culture

Silicon Valley is a known mecca for technology development. This unique bubble of early adopters and entrepreneurs is filled with self-driving cars, security R2-D2-looking bots and virtual reality experiments on every corner.

The area, once filled with not much else but fruit trees, was named originally in honor of its growing computer-chip manufacturing companies in the 1970s.

Fun fact: Silicon is a chemical element used in semiconductors, which make up electronic devices. Although it makes up over a quarter of Earth’s crust, it cannot be found free in nature. Instead, it’s produced by heating silica and carbon.

Enjoying abundance of Asian food

The diversity of Asian cuisine in the San Francisco Bay Area has made a big impression on me so far.

I heard from people who’ve lived in the Bay about how awesome the food is here, but, to be honest, I kept my expectations low. I did, after all, have been spoiled by living for five years in Chicago, which is considered to have one of the best foodie scenes in the country.

But once I got to Mountain View, I immediately took notice that I had not one, not two, but three different Pho places to choose from in the 1.5-mile radius of where I live.

Carving out time for San Francisco

Moving and entering a new environment always comes with its drawbacks, even when you move to somewhere almost entirely objectively awesome like California.

I’ve lived in Chicago for about five years before moving to the Bay Area about four months ago. Right now it’s February – the coldest time of the year in the Midwest. So I am thankful I’m in a warmer climate, away from the bone-chilling polar vorteces and snowamageddons.

But I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss some things about living in Chi-Town.

I think most of the time the world is divided into people who love big cities and those who hate them.

Stargazing in tranquil parts of Bay Area

Stars, moon, comets. Whenever I look up and gaze at the sky, I’m humbled by the vastness of the universe. I love that feeling of insignificance you get when you look up.

Although for some, thinking of our planet as a tiny, meaningless glimpse in the abyss of, well, mostly nothing (or as some also call it dark matter), may be depressing, I’m a sucker for it.

I just love it when the universe puts me in my place.

“Stop worrying about your stupid problems, Alex,” the sky whispers lovingly when I look up after an overwhelming day.…