The boys took their placement tests and pre-reregistered for classes of the spring quarter. We got the apartment and completed the furnishing, this job was hectic at the beginning, especially that for foreign students everyone required an American co-signer, or an American bank account with a considerable balance. And with the holiday seasons that coincided in Kuwait and the State, this delayed the whole process to three weeks living in a hotel, which was not easy.
We furnished the apartment the hard way. At the beginning I had in mind to rent a car, but I decided later against this idea since after I leave the boys have to manage with public transportation on their own. And my part was to prepare them for that. So we all took parts in managing through Internet, free catalogues, phone calls and bus maps. We only used the yellow cab three times when we had too much stuff to carry.
That was good for us since we did a lot of walking, but it was real fun although exhausting, and we were lucky to receive the mattresses early; we only had to sleep one night on the floor. That also taught them how to do smart shopping, cost effective that is, not cheep. This was necessary so selling would be easy in case they need to move elsewhere in the future.
The boys also got each his laptop with mics and web-cams for easy, cost effective communication as well as to help them with school assignments. Computer setup and wireless (using cable Network) was all done by the boys, and they are very happy to have accomplished that.
We did not have time for touring the area, but we did spend NYE in San Francisco (my treat) and here are some photos:
To Cal train station
Time Squire in SF