When you're suffering from jetlag, the world can seem just a bit darker and gloomier than usual. Therefore, I am determined to brighten up my day by blogging about something positive - Escondido Village, also known as Stanford University's graduate housing area.
There are townhouses and apartment buildings in Escondido - all cater to graduate students. We're staying in a two-storey townhouse. First positive thing: I've always wanted to live in a two-storey home. In Singapore, this would be near impossible unless Husband & I struck gold and could afford to buy landed property. We did consider buying an HDB 2-storey maisonette, but opted for our current Singapore residence instead because of its lush greenery.
Speaking of lush greenery, check out the Escondido compound.
Eh, macham Botanikal Gardens xia?!
The compound is really quite sprawling (as is the entire campus, and all of California for that matter.) And as you can see from above, no. 2 positive thing is that there are many beautiful walkways and shady green spots for Daniel to explore! Yay.
Here is the view from our backyard:
The rows of townhouses each form a circle, within which there is a nice grassy area with a playground for the kids to play. So, our backyard opens up into the playground area!
It's really funny - the entire playground is strewn with toys because everybody's kids liberally throws their stuff everywhere. No. 3 positive thing: No need to buy new toys for Daniel - he can jus use his neighbours! Bwahahaha!
The playground is pretty old-fashioned. None of that modern multi-coloured metal & hard plastic combo monster thangs that come with bridges, slides, stairs, and look-out towers, the ones that are so common in Singapore. But it'll certainly do. The charm of the place is really the trees, the sky, the grass, and of course, the sunny weather (only in the afternoons! Mornings are chilly!)
Before we came to Stanford, we were a bit apprehensive as the two-storey townhouses (with 2 bedrooms) are a grand total of 800 square feet! Sounds a bit cramped huh? Well, it IS. But, Husband & I don't feel like we're claustrophobic or anything. Maybe it's the entire set-up - the sprawling land, the grassy breezy environment and the kid-friendliness of the surroundings - that makes it all very comfortable. I think Dan is going to become quite an outdoorsy baby!