Local time: 02.30 am
So for those of you that don´t follow me on snapchat (celinastamper), you maybe wouldn't´t know that I arrived at Berkeley yesterday at 3pm. The plane trip was quite ok, even though it obviously was very long. When we arrived at SFO (San Francisco airport), we were stuck in a border security and customs check for about two hours, the queue was horribly long. W finally got through and out of the airport. We decided to take a taxi instead of the BART (which is the train system here), because we had the biggest bags and the smallest amount of energy left. The taxi took us 1 hour and twenty minutes and cost us 104 dollars, which we split in two. Our taxi driver drove us through downtown to get in the fast taxi lane, and on the Bay Bridge as soon as possible - fortunately, since we got to see a little bit of downtown SF.
We arrived at Berkeley 5pm, very tired, exhausted and ready to sleep. But first came check-in. We got a key to the ladies room (women bathroom), our dorm and a keycard to open resident only areas and to beep in when we go to eat. It is really easy to understand the system, as they thoroughly explains us everything we need to know.
This is my room! Even though it´s quite small, it´s considered a large double (DL), which I will share with a roommate very soon!
After checking in and packing out, we had some dinner in the dining hall, which was amazing! The food here is so good, like a hotel buffet! Afterwards we went to target, which is approximately a 20 minute slow walk. It´s on the other side of campus, in Berkeley Downtown. The store in Shattuck Ave. is a very small Target, not too much to choose from and packed with students. We are definitely looking for a bigger one soon. We went to sleep around midnight yesterday.
Today we had a bit more of an exiting day, even though we didn´t do too much. We had orientation with BISP at 10 where we got some good info about the sociology classes, UC Berkley in it self and some good studytips. After the orientation we went a few girls to get our Cal1 card. My photo is absolutely hideous, hahaha! But by getting that, we also got a Clipper card for free bus rides in Berkeley and lots of good offers. We also got a family plan at T-Mobile, so now we got unlimited data, text messages and calls! We als went to the Cal Student Store to pick up some merch. It´s definitely a patriot campus, to say at least!
And hey! I even got my Cal t-shirt 😁
But as you can see in my local time above, it´s quite late here. Its 2.30 in the morning and I really need to go to sleep. We were actually going out at 11, after we took a two hour nap, but I never woke up - so we went to sleep. Haha. I think my jet lag just kicked in. But now I am going to brush my teeth and go to bed!