NOTE: The photos below are just a selection of the gallery published on flickr
"Roger. Taxiing into position. We are ready for take off." Should have said this the pilot, but this time... I was already sleeping!
I stayed up all night on my last day in NYC. Another flight, another adventure and I still had to say goodbye to the big apple.
So it was that when I fastened the belt on the airplane I fell alseep and when I woke up I was in... California!
I landed in a small airport in Long Beach and then I took 3 bus to reach the close town of Irvine. The buses went along the beach during the sunset... A traveller can't imagine a better welcome :)
Arrived in Irvine I fulfilled one of the coolest things in my todo list of ever: become an actual CouchSurfer!
Thanks to Shawn who responded to my "Couch Emergency Request" sent from NYC I found a new friend in Irvine even before my arrival.
And so it was that I met his roommates: Jennifer, Saba and Shawn2 (who actually is a guest of Saba) and I set up a temporary base camp in his living room. In exchange I cooked an Italian lunch for the whole apartment, I hope they enjoyed it!
In addition to host me Shawn showed me the campus and introduced me to some of his friends. We also spent some time together having fun and doing interesting conversations. He is really an awesome person!
PS: Check the first picture, he is definitely my new brother from USA :)
It's difficult to describe how beautiful (and green!!) is the University Campus and its surroundings.
The main part of the campus is disposed in a circle of 1 mile around a central green park where everybody can walk and stop to study under the trees.
Along the ring outside the park are placed the buildings of the faculties, always surrounded by trees, coffee shops and relax areas. The whole area is so big that it's difficult for me to do pictures that really give you an idea of the campus!
Also the weather is great! From 11 am to 4 pm the sun's rays strike too hotly while the rest of the day you can walk in tshirt like in the middle of august on an italian beach. It's great!
The most beautiful and cool thing of this week hovewer, is not happened in USA but in my hometown in Italy. The 8th September infact two of my best friends got married! I really want a world of good to Enrico and Francesca and I could not miss their marriage so I participated in a unusal way :)
I was sad to not be there with them but I am really really happy for the marriage and I hope to see them soon.
Congrats friends, I wish you a world of happiness!!
Almost the day after my arrival in Irvine I had already meet 3 other students just arrived in Irvine with the EAP program. We quickly created a nice group that rapidly grew up to 12 students.
We already went to beach, played several matches of BeerPong, partecipated in some parties casually met by night and done other funny things as walking in the street with a mattress :) A group of international students is definitely one of the most funny things you can join!
PS: I have a new american phone number! here it is: "240 diego89"
See you next sunday dudes! Now I need to rest a bit :)Tweet this