I went to San Jose, California to attend a conference. But while there, I had loads of fun with my colleagues and friends. After all, "all work and no play ....". You get the idea.
San Jose is not too big and the surrounding area is easily accessible by train. So the first "non-academic" event was simply strolling around the area.
Also my dear friend and (senior) colleague was there and getting feedback from her was definitely good.
After the presentations, I enjoyed a well-earned rest sipping drinks at the hotel bar with friends. I do not drink much but the company was divine and I couldn't refuse when the bar guy concocted what looked and almost tasted like lemonade but burns a little while going down the esophagus. :)
Can you see that? There's Adobe! Adobe, the computer software company with the red and white letter A logo. There were lots of tech companies and start-ups like Adobe in San Jose and surrounding areas.
Oh, while we are on this, did you know that when you hear the name Silicon Valley, it simply refers to the convergence of many diverse technology corporations, start-ups and other companies? Silicon Valley isn't one particular location. It is simply all these companies and corporation in San Jose and surrounding areas. Many of these buildings are found in San Jose, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Santa Clara e.t.c. I wrote about seeing many of these companies in this post on my way to Mountain View.
Looking out the window of the hotel every morning was always a treat and I took some pictures to remind myself that windows with a great view are incomparable.
Or simply carve your own bearings.