Pier 39

I had been to Pier 39, San Francisco today.

The photos are uploaded in my Flickr account.

Pier 39
Originally uploaded by Buzypi.

California experiences

Visits to San Francisco, Mil-pitas, Santa Clara, Burlingame, Mountain View and places like Paramount's Great America, Golden Gate bridge, Stanford University, Santana Row and tasting Italian, Mexican, Russian, Chinese, Mediterranean food etc, it is high time I put it down here.

Check out the photos here.

Santana Row
Santana Row
Originally uploaded by Buzypi.

Paramount Great America

I had been to Paramount Great America Amusement park today.

More snaps here.

Paramount Great America
Originally uploaded by Buzypi.

Trip to San Jose, CA

I am right now in my hotel room in San Jose, California.

This is a business visit for a duration of 2 weeks.

I reached here on Monday afternoon after a long and tiring journey that lasted for more than 24 hours. We took Singapore airlines and came via Singapore/Seoul.

My first impression of this city:
Well, for a person like me who has been in India all his life, there are some major differences you see here. You hardly get to see people on the street. Places are too far apart from each other and it seems like car manufacturing is a booming business!

You hardly get to see anything other than cars and trucks.

The office is quite close to the hotel and it is about a 10 min drive.

Here's the map.

Use of technology:
I have seen some wonderful use of technology right since I left Bangalore. For example, Singapore airlines has a small screen for every passenger, where you get to watch movies, listen to music and play games. The remote doubles as a WiFi phone. It has a card reader to activate the phone.

One of the channels shows real time information about the flight, including altitude, temperature, time in destination and present position, and a map showing the current position of the plane. Whenever you see some mountains, you look out of the window and you actually get to see the mountain tops. You also realize why the plane is changing direction and in which direction it is heading.

I also saw the cab driver using GPS to reach the hotel. He just entered the destination address and the map showed him the direction he had to take.

A lot of things to learn and take note of!