My last month in California went by faster than I could fathom but I tried to make the most of it. I celebrated my first Halloween and Thanksgiving here with my boss’s family. And it couldn’t have been better. It is important to be open and receptive to new cultures because that’s what communities are based on.
In the third weekend, I planned a trip to Pasadena and LA ( again. Couldn’t get enough of it). I took a guided tour of the famous Gamble house in Pasadena. It is an architectural marvel. I got to know about Japanese construction techniques and methods. The house has a thoughtful design. A walk in and around the house, does indeed, paint a good picture of that era. After the tour ended, I took a ride to LA. The next day, I visited the USC campus and village followed by a shopping spree at The Grove. It was beautifully lit with a well-decorated Christmas tree up in its place. I had my dessert at the cheesecake factory. A sweet end to the LA chapter.
Over to the fourth weekend, on which I celebrated Thanksgiving with a family. I was excited to be a part of the celebration and the feast. Hearing an 80-year-old man give the Thanksgiving speech made me realize I have a lot in my life to be thankful for.
The last weekend was all about emotional goodbyes and farewells.
This is not the end but a new beginning. I’m taking back home a lot more than I thought I would with endless memories, new experiences, a bunch of friends and a newfound me.
I’m grateful to Architect US for making this journey so smooth.