Farewell to San Francisco and a final adventure in the Southwest!


Rollercoaster is the word that comes to mind as I reflect on my final month of the J-1 visa program here in the U.S. 18 months of training, living the architect’s dream and creating bonds that feel like family. Tough to say goodbye – It’s not your every day «see ya later».

Spring in San Francisco has a magic of its own. The city bloomed. Streets lined with California poppies and wildflowers, painting the town with vibrant splashes of color. It’s these small, seemingly insignificant moments that have a way of sneaking into your heart, making a city feel like home.

In an attempt to handle this mixed bag of emotions, I decided to embark on an epic journey that’s been on my bucket list since day one: the American Southwest. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget. I’ve taken in the sprawling majesty of the Grand Canyon, and stood awestruck at the towering cliffs of Zion and Bryce Canyon, but nothing quite hit home like Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon is the kind of place that makes you feel something. Its walls, sculpted by time, have this stunning veil curtain effect that seems to dance in the dappled light. It’s quiet, personal, and hella beautiful – a sight that’s etched deep in my memory now.

As I gear up for this farewell, it’s impossible to forget the wonderful opportunities the J-1 visa program provided and the amazing people who’ve supported me. Big kudos to the sponsors and the entire Architect-US team – without you, none of this would have been possible. I’m filled with gratitude for a journey that’s been as educational as it’s been exciting.

So, here’s a toast to early days project sessions, unseen American landscapes, and most importantly, to my work family who made this journey feel less like a program and more like home. The memories we’ve crafted are nothing short of gold – hella good ones at that. On to the next chapter, carrying a piece of this incredible experience with me.



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