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Roadtrip USA: Silicon Valley

...Stanford, Google, Intel and the HP Garage

After our one hour commute through heavy traffic to Stanford University in Silicon Valley, we can understand that people ride the luxury hipster busses. Stanford University’s main campus stretches over an area of 3,3 ha and is beautiful. With a lot of green and history rich buildings everywhere, you could easily imagine yourself taking some courses here.

Stanford Visitor Center

Stanford Visitor Center

Stanford Graduate Business School

Stanford Graduate Business School

There are many stories of startups built in garages. The first one was Hewlett Packard and the HP garage is located just outside of Stanford in a residential area. It looks like a normal house, but with tourists taking pictures in front of it.

The HP Garage

The HP Garage

The Birthplace of the Silicon Valley

The Birthplace of the Silicon Valley

Our next stop is the Googleplex, the famous colorful and fun office complex of Google. You can just park anywhere on the lot and look around on the campus and become jealous of their outdoor beach volleyball field, the pool, the outdoor gym and the great food they are eating in their outside cafeteria.

Welcome to the Googleplex

Welcome to the Googleplex

Frontrow Charging at the Googleplex

Frontrow Charging at the Googleplex

The Google campus

The Google campus

Reserved Google Bikes in front of the Partner Center

Reserved Google Bikes in front of the Partner Center

Outdoor cafeteria

Outdoor cafeteria

Operation Refill

Operation Refill

Beach Volleyball court

Beach Volleyball court

Outdoor Pool

Outdoor Pool

Outdoor gym

Outdoor gym

Outdoor cafeteria

Outdoor cafeteria

Android Marshmellow

Android Marshmellow

...and proud

…and proud

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Android sculpture garden

Google streetview car

Google streetview car

Google visitor center ... entrance only with an employee

Google visitor center … entrance only with an employee

Intel has an museum on site, but you should be really interested in computer chips to find that interesting…

Intel museum of semiconductors

Intel museum of semiconductors

A bunch of chips in the lobby

A bunch of chips in the lobby

Whoever designed this must be genius

Whoever designed this must be genius

Intel museum

Intel museum

On our way to Apple we drove by a massive construction site for Apple’s new spaceship HQ. At the old office, you can’t really see anything, but drive on Infinite Loop.

1 Infinite Loop ... Apple

1 Infinite Loop … Apple

1 Infinite Loop ... Apple

1 Infinite Loop … Apple

For Lunch we went to Umami Burger in Palo Alto. Palo Alto is a nice little town in the middle of the Silicon Valley. The burgers were awesome, but we don’t get why Americans always have to top their fries with additional greasy cheese.

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Umami Burger in Palo Alto

Truffle cheese fries

Truffle cheese fries

The Umami

The Umami

The Mindy Burger

The Mindy Burger

On our way “home” to San Francisco we decided to skip the freeway and drive the remaining part of Highway 1 up the coast. In Half Moon Bay we stopped for a quick nap on the beach. I wanted to go for a swim, but the waves were dangerously high and ice cold. So I chickened out of my last chance to swim in the Pacific Ocean on this trip.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay Beach

Ocean front camping at Half Moon Bay Beach

Ocean front camping at Half Moon Bay Beach