Trip to the US: overview

My original plan of writing a blog post each day completely fell through. I didn’t really feel like writing each morning, I just wanted to catch up with all my online stuff.

On my flight back to Belgium yesterday I was reading Quiet by Susan Cain (I can highly recommend the book). The book is an explanation about introverts, what the difference is between introverts and extroverts and how and why these differences exist. At one point she is talking about a retreat geared towards highly sensitive people. Quiet conversation was encouraged, and there were few group activities. Reading her account of this made me realize that the moments in San Francisco that I enjoyed the most were not the company visits (although they were interesting) but the conversations I got to have with just a few people at a time. Three such moments stand out to me.

The first was walking around Napa with Thomas and Dieter. These 2 guys are definitely extroverts and, as much as I love their loud, happy, exuberant sides, I also loved seeing them more quiet and serious.

The second was walking back to the hostel from the barbecue on the beach with Robbe, Dieter, Christophe and Jonathan. I don’t remember what we talked about during our walk and ride on the bus but I remember it being fascinating and loving it immensely.

The third was on our last day in San Francisco, when we got to do whatever we wanted. I spent most of the day with Tim and Ellen. We had silly times and serious conversations and it was a pretty amazing day.

I also have to mention that I absolutely loved visiting NBC, and that that visit made it (more) clear to me that I want to work in television some day. Managing social media at a television station sounds like a dream job right now.

In front of the green screen at NBC11.

I’ll give a quick overview of the official itinerary.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, on the first day (Friday) we went to Alcatraz, Adobe and an NBA game.

View from Alcatraz’ mess hall.

On Saturday the original plan was to visit Point Reyes National Park. As the weather was very bad the schedule got changed around a bit and we went to Muir Woods, Napa and the beach instead.

The Golden Gate Bridge. This photo has a story behind it that I tell on the Ramen Noodle (see bottom of the post).

Sunday was a sightseeing walk through San Francisco.

Figuring out where to go next.

Monday included Stanford University, Disney Mobile and a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge.

A quiet corner at Stanford University.

Tuesday was VMWare, Nvidia and Storify.

Mythbusters exhibition at Nvidia.

On Wednesday we went to NBC and Samsung.

Samsung Research & Development building.

Thursday nothing was planned so we could do what we wanted, and this was the last day in San Francisco.

Tim Vader

You can see all my photos from San Francisco here

After San Francisco I flew to Cincinnati to visit my dear friends Cliff and Stephanie (and their 3 amazing kids Meagan, Matthew and McKenna). I would like to thank them for once again making me feel at home. I love staying with you guys.

I also saw Jeremy, Daniel and Jenny again, and they gave me a quick tourist tour of Cincinnati (yes, I finally saw something of the city!). They also invited me onto the Ramen Noodle where I shared some funny incidents from my trip to San Francisco. You can listen to it here. And I joined them for the Once Podcast, which you can listen to here, but only listen if you have watched Once Upon A Time up until the episode Stable Boy.

I miss you guys already.

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