A month ago (I know I’m super updated) the boyfriend and I, both IT freaks, decided to roam around Silicon Valley to experience the home of the world’s largest high technology corporations. Silicon Valley is actually a nickname given to the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area located at the northern portion of California, the golden state of the United States of America. The word “silicon” comes from the silicon chip manufacturers in the region while the word “valley” comes from being in the location of the Santa Clara Valley.
Most of the companies found in Silicon Valley are included in Fortune’s 1000. Some of these companies are Adobe Systems, Apple, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Ebay, Netfilx, Oracle, Yahoo, and of course Facebook and Google. I didn’t even know that a NASA hub can be found there too.
After watching The Internship I really wanted to visit the Googleplex just to see if what I saw in the movie was true. We drove around two hours before arriving in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California.
Googleplex was big. And not just big, big. It was huge. Well, what do you expect, it is Google’s Headquarters after all. Aside from all the buildings for their offices, they have their own golf course, parks and an amphitheater. There are also coffee shops and restaurants around the place. There’s a gym, apartments and even small chapels for different religions surrounding the Googleplex. It was like having a little city of their own.
If you wanna hop from one building to another, there’s no problem if you don’t own a car. Google bikes are EVERYWHERE. Literally, everywhere. And yes, anyone and everyone can use it. No locks are used. It is open to everybody.
The diversity among Google employees was amazing. You see different races from allover the world even though Googleplex is situated in America. It wasn’t really surprising but seeing such diversity made me happy. It’s like the power of technology brought these people together. And if you don’t know it yet, Google just appointed it’s new CEO.
If you go through Googleplex’ amphitheater towards the visitor lobby, you’ll see this very geeky structure…
That steel T-rex is a famous landmark amoung Googleplex’ visitors. It’s one of the first things you’ll see when you visit the place. Near the T-rex are coffee shops and stores that sells go-to food.
Googleplex is open to everyone. You can visit and roam around the place. However, unless you know someone from the inside, you cannot enter the buildings/offices. That’s what happened with us. Since the Googleplex has already opened its door to tourists, I thought everything is already accessible. If you really want a tour inside the buildings, you will need to know an employee of theirs. A tip is to actually email someone from their customer service and hope that someone would be generous enough to give you a tour. I wasn’t able to do that even though I could have emailed someone in Google Adsense as I am a blogger. But in all fairness, roaming around the vicinity was good enough.
–the girl who’s lost in Desire’s lair–
P.S. All pictures were taken from my Samsung Galaxy S5 unless stated otherwise. Again, no copyright infringement intended.