The life’s journey continues with yet another adventure to a new and far away land – the Bay Area of San Francisco for an internship – after having just moved to Boulder, Colorado 8 months earlier. I am sad to miss the wonderful summers in Boulder and say goodbye so soon to all my wonderful new friends in Colorado, but am excited to experience the crazy land of California. Ironically, just one month earlier I officially became a Colorado resident.
I’ve found a small apartment with two chill roommates and a dog in Mountain View, two blocks from Google Headquarters, but in a low-rent area. Rent in Silicon Valley is crazy expensive, I “lucked out” with a room for $650 a month. My roommates are really interesting, even though some might call them crazy. They are spiritual in the sense that they have alters and candles in our house and talk to dead people. They told me they are training to be witches.
My internship is at Willow Garage, a world famous robotics company that is on the cutting edge of person-sized in-home robots. They build the PR2, a sweet research platform robot that can do crazy things like fold laundry, clear off tables, pick up poop and walk dogs. It’s also a really plush job: the company is independently funded by a Google founder and isn’t really profit driven. Four chefs server 3 free organice meals a day to us, work out instructors come twice a week for on-site exercise sessions and employees have a lot of freedom to work on the research problems of their choice.