My Footprints in Stanford & Half-Moon Bay

When my daughter suggested we go to Stanford university campus for sight-seeing, I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic because one doesn’t expect a university campus to be a tourist attraction.  However, we did make it on one fine day and my views on the campus changed completely. For one thing, the place has plenty of open spaces and more importantly those spaces are well utilized as you can see from the following pictures. In the photo below, we are standing in the backdrop of a street lined with palm trees.

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The campus boasts of a huge tower named after one of the Presidents of the USA Hubert Hoover, which houses a library related to 20th century history. The presided donated his great collection of materials to the university, his alma mater. The Hoover tower is about 250 feet tall and the viewing deck offers an expansive view of the beautiful campus:

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Here is a surprise for tourists like me. There is a beautiful church located right in the middle of the campus. It’s considered as one of the great architectural jewels among college campus churches. The church is non-denominational in character and offers wedding services to all denominations. To us Indians it would be a culture shock to learn that the church also offers services for same-sex blessings! The church serves the spiritual and cultural needs of the university community. This is something to be noted by people back in India. Our overemphasis on secularism seems to alienate the students from spiritual and religious education.

 

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After the church visit we took a coffee break and proceeded to the well-known Cactus garden in the campus. What I saw in the garden was surely beyond my expectations. The sheer variety of cactuses is mind-boggling. One has to see it to to believe it. Here are a few sample pictures:

 

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We returned home after a thoroughly enjoyable outing to Stanford University campus. On another day we set out to spend an evening at whats is known as Half-moon Bay. As the name suggests the sea-shore resembles a  half-moon in appearance and is considered to be one of the most beautiful coast lines in California.

 

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