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PALO ALTO - A HOME I ADORE

A REVIEW OF THE PAST TWO YEARS

What is certain is that since I arrived in Palo Alto a lot has changed. My first impressions of Palo Alto was of a place that had way too many people in non-spontaneous mode. It took over a year to understand where to find good people who were unplugged from the greed of EGO (on a level unseen in most towns) and money CRAVING (on a level no doubt unseen anywhere else on earth). Sure people are showing up to Stanford to get the best extensions to their PhDs and, yes, others are still arriving to make a million in a day with applications and VC partners in a constant drive for excellence that is out of control.

Yet: here, after time, you understand that the thousands of people who come and go leave the city by sunset and you have time to work on your world. If anything Palo Alto forces one to introverted quests. Maybe this is why I love it so much. People pass. People make money and their grades. But what you do ... Walking in the hills, going to get salmon stakes late at night, being in my tree-view home in downtown (and being part of the volunteers for the Palo Alto Emergency Services and classes to advance as part of the Palo Alto Citizens Police Academy, or going to the wonderful Chabad synagogue on Louis Road, being part of Freemason events, running a local Gender Equality project and some more ... ... This is my town. My world that I TOTALLY adore.

ABOUT THIS MADE IN PALO ALTO BLOG:

This blog was started around the time of my arrival from Geneva, Switzerland (almost 2 years ago) to Palo Alto. The initial purpose was to “start to rank” for keywords related to my new home. Today: I want to do some spring cleaning. And several past posts and sections such as the Magic Boat at the HP Garage or Gender Equality information clearly need improvement. Read More

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About Ardan Michael Blum

Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1970 I am Bi-lingual, French and English. I graduated from the International School of Geneva, Switzerland in 1988. I went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Bennington College, Vermont. I then went back to Switzerland for 20 years - working in marketing and management roles with love. Today I run A. Blum Localization Services. We provide expert translation services, brand expansion services and local search engine optimization.