Sprinkles & Stanford
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2011
Took the bus over to Stanford University with my sister. Mainly to try out Sprinkles and explore campus.
Looking through the “popular destinations” on the VTA bus website, one of the destinations was Stanford University. It was pretty much the end of the bus line, but it was just one long bus ride, no transfers—just the way I like it. I hate transferring. Although the bus ride was about an hour and thirty minutes, it was fun staring at all the restaurants/stores we passed by. Went past Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View before finally reaching Palo Alto. I definitely noticed a lot of Korean areas…too far they’re so far away from San Jose though and wouldn’t be worth a 45 min ride or so just for groceries or restaurants unless the place was spectacular. Passing by Santa Clara University, it was much more prettier than expected since I already knew it was the oldest private university. Why is San Jose State University so ugly.
Anyways, we finally got off the bus and went to the Stanford Shopping Center to go to Sprinkles. The Stanford Shopping Center was an open mall…with a lot of upscale stores. Definitely a rich shopping area.
I loved the design of the Sprinkles shop. Very modern and simple.
Surprisingly there wasn’t a line out the door when we arrived. We barely even had to wait, which was great since after we got our cupcakes a line definitely started forming.
I got the Vanilla Chocolate Hazelnut cupcake and my sister was going to get a Key Lime cupcake but since it hadn’t finished baking in the oven yet, she just ended up getting a dark chocolate cupcake.
The boxes were so pretty as well. They even had specially designed wooden forks and knives to eat the cupcake with. It was hard throwing away the box.
Then we headed off toward campus…ended up walking the wrong direction though. But after we found our way around it was a much longer walk than expected to walk to campus from the shopping center. On the map showed that campus was right next to the shopping center, but in actuality, there was like a forest and giant field before actually reaching the main part of campus that had classrooms and such.
Passed by this cactus garden and took a few shots there.
A mausoleum in the middle of that forest. Inside it, the founder of Stanford and his family. Creepy. The founder’s always in Stanford.
We then finally saw campus up ahead! A super long walk across this giant field. And not to count the long path we had to walk through from the shopping center.
Walking down that field felt like I was in some college commercial. People were playing frisbee, reading under a tree, eating on the lawn. It was like, what the…are you kidding me? The campus was beautiful. It really felt like an actual college town. Where everything was beautifully landscaped. All the buildings looked the same also so everything was matching. A could imagine sitting around anywhere because everything felt like I was actually in a small town. I can’t really put it to words at the moment, but basically what I’m trying to say is it really felt like your own town; everywhere on campus I pretty much felt like I was actually on an actual campus. A secluded place not merging with the “city” at all.
Everything was closed since school didn’t actually begin yet so we couldn’t even really go inside any of the buildings.
There were quite a lot of statues around campus as well.
We actually didn’t end up going that far into campus. My sister said after the front of the place all the buildings pretty much looked the same and at the very back were the dorms. It was getting late already and we didn’t want to be riding the bus while it was dark out, so we headed back.
Took one last picture of the both of us in front of the field.
While on the way back, I wanted to take one of those “levitating photos” that I’ve seen quite a lot these past few days. A lot of them that I’ve seen photoshopped them, but there were these amazing un-photoshopped shots taken that I wanted to mimic. This one came out the best:
A pretty fun journey and exploring a college campus that I haven’t seen before.blog comments powered by Disqus
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