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Legendary cafe, Vesuvio in beatnik history. Part of pilgrimage to beatnik sites… 

Part of my research during my Sabbatical leave is to get in touch with Turkish entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. So I did my explorative trip last weekend with my buddy Yasser. Yasser is a doctor who is currently in Irvine but leave soon to start his next job. In the meantime, he has time and he is a good trip company. Thanks to him, we could stop by Monterey. Not an exhaustive trip but it was good to drive through the Pacific Coast Highway. I haven’t seen Monterey itself and only after I learned that it was where Steinbeck lived and narrated about. Maybe on my next trip…

From sunny to misty sites through the Pacific Coast Highway…

Somewhere in Big Sur…

I have visited Berkeley and Stanford campuses. I have met with some friends/ colleagues I haven’t seen for ages. In fact, I haven’t seen Hasan, for instance, for 18 years who, in the meantime, became quite a successful physicist. We had had lots of catching up with Halil, a Political Science postdoc at Stanford. Another friend, Deniz, now works at Apple.

The trip energized me. I am working on several plans/projects/writings about which I will post from time to time… [and for my careful readers, here is the link to the Google Photos album about the trip…

 

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