This post is five days late because I didn’t have access to wifi after reaching Palo Alto. We are staying on Stanford University’s Campus and didn’t get a modem and router until today. I guess I could’ve gone to a coffee shop or public library to write this post, but we were all busy unpacking and shopping for food and household supplies.
We immediately began noticing some differences between our old home in rural Illinois and our new home in urban California.
Everything in Palo Alto was clean and space efficient.
Some space-saving bike rack
Going to Walmart was comforting because the aisles resembled the ones back in Illinois, but the store was ten times as crowded in Palo Alto.
There were tons merchandise left on the floor and misplaced on the shelves by customers. I would’ve been shocked, but we were warned by others that this was a result of the busy lifestyle that most Californians live.
First meal at home, eaten on a picnic blanket on the floor of the empty living room.
It was like a cheap furniture factory for the first few days.
One of the busiest streets in Palo Alto, El Camino Real.
My family is leaving my hometown on July 26, 2014, and driving West. Our final destination is Palo Alto, California (My Dad’s taking a semester-long sabbatical at Stanford University), but we will be stopping along the way for sightseeing. I will stay in Palo Alto for about three weeks and leave for Taiwan around August 23, although my travel agent hasn’t sent me the itinerary yet.
My blog is structured into three main sections, each one corresponding to one part of my upcoming year. The first is Journey West, where we will drive to Palo Alto. The second is California, where I spend three weeks in Palo Alto, California. The third is Taiwan, where I will live in Taipei for a year sponsored by Rotary Youth Exchange. To see all of my posts in order from most recent to oldest, click on the title of my blog at the top of the page, “A Gap Year In Taiwan”.
Here are some of the things I did in Champaign before I left.
Birdwatching that was organized by a very knowledgable classmate in Meadowbrook Park
In the forest
Champaign County Fair
I’d gone last year and really enjoyed the change in atmosphere. I went two nights in a row, and ate a donut burger, deep fried oreos, nachos, and drank a ton of lemon shake-ups.
In Indianapolis, we stumbled upon a Family Day celebration in a park
There was a concert, a World Cup soccer game displayed on a huge screen, lots of food stands and TONS of people. Last summer, around the same time of year, we’d seen a similar festival going on in the same park as we drove towards downtown Indianapolis. Now we were in the middle of it.
Spicy Mango Drink
Ice Cream Cart