Feedback of my Californian Experience

Before coming to San Francisco, my travel expectations were very numerous and varied.

First, I wanted to come here to improve my English skills, especially my pronunciation, my listening comprehension and my vocabulary.

Secondly, I expected to fully embrace the Silicon Valley’s mindset and to understand how every softwares, products and applications designed here manage to have an international success.

On a third point, I wanted to learn more about I.T. and to use new technologies like 3D printing.

Finally, I expected to learned all about the American culture which was always very present in my life, with sport, music and movies, and to understand the American lifestyle.

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Here, I practised a lot my English thanks to all the subjects I had, especially with Advanced English and Digital Marketing because we had to create a blog in English, so I wrote a lot and learned a lot of vocabulary. We also had to do some consumers’ interviews in Lean Start Up, which helped me to speak a more confident and spontaneous English.

Thanks to a friend who permitted me to help him with some missions for his his start up (My Blue Ship), I managed to acquire more and more professional English.

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Then, many subjects gave us the keys to create our own start-up or business, especially in a marketing aspect, and taught us how to build a start up launching page and website.

We were lucky to attend to many discussions with entrepreneurs, one in the wine industry from the Nappa Valley and two executive employees of Renault and Yelp who talked about how they built their businesses, innovated their projects and how they feel about the Sillicon Valleys’ mindset.

I had also the chance to participate to many meet ups, like an AirBnb meet up, because my friend’s start-up makes business with it, and some financial conferences.

Also, we learned about 3D modeling with many softwares, someone taught us how a 3D printer works and we had the privilege to use Tech Shop’s local to print our creation.

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I created with my Lean Start Up team a marketing product to thank our customers who use our service, and a little pocket ashtray for personal project.

Finally, I could really enjoy the American sport’s culture because the San Francisco basketball team won the NBA Play Off against Oklahoma and now plays the final against Cleveland, so it is very exiting.

I also went to the Oakland baseball area to see a game against Portland, during which Oakland lost 2/1, but I found that sport a little bit boring to watch.

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Concerning the American culture, I saw that Californian people are very open minded with all the other cultures thanks to the hippie’s wave in the 60’s. For exemple, the gay community is way more integrated in the society than in France. According to me, they can also help you and invest in you easily if they believe in your ideas.

Concerning the music and the cinema, I went in a hip-hop night club with all my friends where we heard a lot of good singers, and I went to the Universal Studios Park where I was able to see all their studios and some movies sets (like Jaws).

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Moreover, I fell in love with San Francisco, I found the downtown really vintage and classy but the Golden Bridge with the beaches around is the thing which surprised me the most.

But the best memory I have from my trip is the Universal Studios Park in Los Angeles because there were a lot of attractions inspired of movies which brought me back to my childhood, with the reproductions of Springfield city and Hogward castle.

In conclusion, for my future, I really want to use all the things that I learned here in marketing and informatics to build my personal music project and to keep using English to always improve it to work abroad.

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Top 5 Apps to use in SF

1) UBER:

Uber is very practical because it proposes several solutions adapted to your budget:

Uber Pool (the car is shared with other customers), Uber X (normal car) and Uber XL (car which can be used by 5 to 7 people).

Also, Uber is very reliable with its estimations of the price and the time.

A thing to note is that Uber knows the load of your battery’s phone and if it is low, the price of your race will be increased.

Uber also proposes a delivery service of hot dogs or burgers with UberEATS.

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2) LYFT:

Lyft proposes the same service as Uber also with a choice of different kind of cars.

But it is more interesting in the way that Lyft distributes promotion codes in the street to have free races.

However, without any reduction, the service remains more expensive than Uber.

We can easily recognize the Lyft cars by a small pink moustache on the dashboard.

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3) GOOGLE MAPS:

It is very difficult to obtain the schedules of the bus, subway or Bart in San Francisco.

Google Maps is the only way that allows you to calculate your road with Bart or MUNI’s bus and metro.

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4) YELP:

It allows you to have honest consumers’ notices about restaurants or hotels you wish to learn about before making a choice. Believe me, you need this application because restoration here is not the same than in France AT ALL.

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5) MEETUP:

It allows you to assist conferences, debates, concerts or others animation. No matter what interests you, this application allows you to learn about finance, innovations, art and music.

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The Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley is located in the south of San Francisco, near San José. It is an I.T and technology industries pole.

First, in the 1800s, Silicon Valley was operated by Spanish settlers for its grains and fruits.

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Then, it is Frederick Terman, professor in the electrical engineering department of Stanford in the 1930s, who convinced some Stanford students to create their business in the region and not in the east of the country, which was more industrialized.

The wave of investment in defensive technology initiated by the federal government during World War II comforted the large square that took Silicon Valley in the US economy.

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First industry of defense technology during WW2

Nowadays, the Silicon Valley is a region of about 2 millions inhabitants and 6 000 high-tech companies like Adobe Systems, Apple, Dolby, eBay, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Google, Intel, Yahoo, Asus, Atari, Logitech, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Sony and way more.

Its GPD is the equivalent of the Chili’s GPD.

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Sport’s culture in San Francisco

The two most watched sports in the city are the baseball with the Giants and the basketball with the Golden States Warriors.

The American football is also very popular with the SuperBowl edition which takes place in San Francisco.

Golden States Warriors:

– Foudation: 1962

– Stadium: Oracle Arena

– Manager: Bob Myers

– Coach: Steve Kerr

– Prize list: Won the NBA league four times (in 1947, 1956, 1975 and 2015)

– Top scorer: Wilt Chamberlain

– Top passer: Guy Rodgers

– Top 3pts scorer: Stepen Curry (MVP 2015)

– Number of victories in a row: 24 (2015-2016)

The Warriors have qualified this year again for plays off and have a great chance to win the NBA league. Stephen Curry is in a good position to be the MVP 2016.

Giants:

They evolve in the Western Division of the National League.

The Giants are the champions of the National League and the Major League Baseball, after winning the World Series in 2014, a title that was added to those won in 2010 and 2012.

– Owner: Sue Burns, Peter Magowan, William Neukorn.

– Manager: Bruce Bochy

– Stadium: AT&T Park

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– Top players of the Major League (since 1911):

The Giants maintain rivalry with three teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics.

Oakland is a local rival and the rivalry between the two franchises remains friendly. The nickname of the meetings between the Giants and the Athletics is “The Battle of the Bay or Bay Bridge Series”.

 

A Night In San Francisco

Being 21, I knew I could fully enjoy the benefits of the California nights. Most clubs are in SoMa and there are choices for everyone: rap, hip-hop, electronic and techno.

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But the first thing that surprised me is that most clubs close at 2:00, whereas it is at 6:00 in Europe.

Being passionate about electronic music, I soon realized that the culture here was different and more focus in rap & hip hop

But the Americans are very culturally open so I could go to very good parties with talented artists (Amin Edge and Dance, Stephan Bodzin, Four Tet & Mind Against), in Audio SF and Public Works.

 

But the club that most struck me was « secret », indeed the concept was very underground: evening in a warehouse kept secret from midnight to six in the morning, with a more European kind of electronic music. I have also met a lot of French, German and Italian peoples.

 

 

California Love

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I arrived in San Francisco Monday, April 11th. The first think I did is to visit Market Street and The Embarcadero. I was so surprised to see a place so vintage. All the buildings, tramways, bus, police cars and fire trucks are so funnier and better looking than in Europe

The second thing that surprised me is the potting mix between Chinese, Vietnamese, Latino, Mexican and American people.

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San Francisco is also a very open minded city with a large gay community and street arts in many districts.

 

CASTRO

Castro is a famous district of San Francisco thanks to the gay community who lives there.

It was in 1957 that the gay community moved to Castro with the political activist Harvey Milk who founded the homosexual organization “Castro Village”.

It was in 1967, with “The Summer of Love”, that Castro emerged as a major hub of the gay community. In 1980, AIDS had devastating effects in the area, since safe sex awareness was very low.

Nowadays, the gay community continues to follow the rhythm of Castro’s life with the Castro Street Fair (created by H. Milk in 1974), the Gay Pride, the Pink Saturday and the Dyke March.

The Castro Theatre is almost the most famous building of the district. It is an historical monument from 1976, that hosts musical comedies and film festivals, which give the opportunity to watch old movies.

MISSION

Mission District is the oldest district of San Francisco. It was built by the Spanishs in 1791 at the Mission Dolores. It was the evangelization’s centre in the region. Mission still hosts a large Hispanic community. There, we can find a variety of murals. Misiòn San Francisco de Asìs is also one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco.

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But Mission is also famous for the street art, there are many kinds of drawings: tags, grafts or paints.

Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. It is the vibrant heart of its dynamic and culturally diversified neighbourhood. Here you can find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dogs play areas. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are hold here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

 

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Haight Ashbury

The Haight-Ashbury is named from the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street. It was the holy land of the hippie movement of the 60s, who succeeded the Beatnik wave that bloom in the North Beach neighbourhood.