Hi out there. I'm not new to TA, and I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life, but mostly in the east bay. I recently lost my job in Marina Bay / Richmond and moved in with family in Pleasanton. I just got a new job offer in San Jose, and in this economy, I'd be a fool to turn it down. The pay is good, but the job moves me far away from my comfort zones and everything I know. It also means my poor fiance who is working 2 jobs in Alameda and San Lorenzo is going to have a horrendous commute everyday.
I will be working for a housing company who owns a place called Villa Torino apartments on W. Julian Street San Jose - I'll be staying there for a few months until the property I'll work on (called Elements- being built on Parkmoor Ave, SJ). I know almost nothing about San Jose in general. I know where Valley Fair is, where Santana Row is and where Winchester Mystery House is.
Can you guys help me? What's out there? What can I do with time off in the area? I'm pretty active, like shopping and good restaurants, plus the fun hole in the wall eateries too. Since I'm going to be moving from one apartment to another in 3 months or so, I won't be bringing a lot of stuff with me right away, and what I do bring I won't unpack unless I have to, so my bike stays here in Pleasanton.
I hope someone has good ideas for me - I'm excited about the job, but moving to San Jose isn't thrilling me - probably because I don't know enough to get excited. Can you guys help??