It's time for a San Fran/ Silicon Valley update! This post has been months delayed because after coming back from the States it was straight back to uni and full-on exams period. Then right after my final exam I flew back to Oslo to commence my 3 months summer internship, in which I decided to disable the blog for a moment. As we are soon approaching the end of summer and I'm currently preparing for some extensive traveling again, I think it's time to go back to my diary of wanderlust.
SAN FRANCISCO. It was my very first time in the city but my second time in the state of California, as I've been to Los Angeles with my family before. I traveled with 29 other students from my Innovation and Entrepreneurship course at CBS, and we spent two weeks in San Francisco and one day in Oakland. A lot of the days we commuted back and forth to San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto as our main purpose of the trip (and part of my final exam) was to explore the ecosystem of Silicon Valley. All together we visited almost 30 different companies and startups to learn about their company cultures, innovation process and partnerships to name a few. It was such a unique educational experience, and a great highlight to tick of new places on my bucketlist at the same time.
Golden Gate Bridge
Although we traveled as a class, most of our leisure time was spent in our smaller groups which I personally enjoyed a lot. We got to plan our own itineraries and stay in our own separate apartments around the city, which was nice since I got to visit different areas downtown. I don't think being around 30 people for literally 24/7 for two whole weeks would allow me to enjoy my time as much as I did - no matter how much I like my classmates.
(Also, excuse the identity crisis that these photos are going through. I just downloaded a new editing app on my Macbook and I've been trying out all these different filters. So many, can't choose! I also have a lot more photos from Silicon Valley and the different company visits, but I'm going to leave them out for now. )
Kristine, Anika, Jen and I stayed at a Airbnb in Mission District and rented a SUV to get ourselves to the different companies during the week days. In the evening or during the weekends we went to places like Union Square, Treasure Island, Oakland, and other parks and places around San Fran. A lot of my classmates did the LA-SF roadtrip, which unfortunately Jen and I missed out on as we had private plans in New York. But I'm really happy about how everything worked out in the end, so nothing to complain about here!
Painted Ladies (Seven Sisters)
Overall, it was an amazing trip and I'm so grateful that I got the opportunity to go and learn so much about the entrepreneurial ecosystems, spend time with great people, and expand my professional network. I never thought I'd be able to say that I've been to Silicon Valley. Now I can't wait to apply all this new knowledge in real life one day! It's really been an incredible experience and I'm looking forward to my final year as a master's student where a lot of new projects will start and existing ones will flourish.