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Vacation destinations to enjoy as a true 'geek'

From the emblematic places where the geniuses of our time shaped their creations, such as Bletchley Park or the garages of Silicon Valley, to those where the traveler will have to resist the temptation to polish their savings by buying all kinds of pots.

Okay, there are still a few days left (let's be optimistic) for those long-awaited summer vacations to arrive, but since we are nonconformists and we love to travel, just finish our little Christmas break We begin to plan what we will do when the deserved summer break comes. Some will opt for relaxation, others for something more crazy (see fairs and festivals of their villages) and also there will be those who opt for something more cultural -by what knowledge does not take place.

And although it is always interesting to visit the monuments that, with so much effort and so few resources, built those who walked here before us, it is also not bad to go to the places where they created the great geniuses of the modern era. Those spaces where the great technological advances of our time are exhibited or those others where future geniuses devise the devices that will mark the future of humanity. Geeks of the world, take note for your next vacation.

Alan Turing in Bletchley Park © Elliott Brown Flickr - Creative Commons


All geek You have to travel to the British capital to visit Bletchley Park, newly rehabilitated. One hour from London, technology lovers can get to know the place where Alan Turing and his team worked to decipher the Nazi code and turn history. A park of 20 hectares of land, with a Victorian mansion, where the father of modern computing and more than 10,000 cryptanalysts analyzed encrypted messages with whom the German army troops communicated during the WWII.


A whole sanctuary: the CERN. A temple to which every technology lover must pilgrim at some point in his life. There emerged in 1989 internet as we know it today. In a room of the different buildings on the more than 600 hectares occupied by the European Center for Nuclear Research, located in Geneva, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee gave life to the World Wide Web. Its purpose was not that you could read these lines right now, but to facilitate the exchange of information between researchers from universities around the world. Wouldn't it be exciting to sit in the chair where something like that was conceived?

A whole sanctuary: CERN © Max Braun - Flickr Creative Commons


Walk between chips, computers turned into authentic relics, historical machines, devices created by former visionaries... In the summer plans of many geeks I'm sure you are traveling to Mountain View, in California, to visit the Computer History Museum. Throughout the walk through this technological cathedral you can see how, in a very short time, they have evolved vertiginously the electronic devices we use daily.

Steve Jobs parents' garage in Los Cabos © Mathieu Thouvenin Flickr Creative Commons


Posts to chart a route through the main enclaves of Silicon Valley, cradle of technology in North America, we cannot leave the place out where for many garage culture arose. Located at the back of 367 Addison Avenue, in Palo Alto, it was in that shed where William Hewlett and David Packard began to mess with all kinds of technological artifacts, back in 1938, to begin forging the company that bears the initials of their last names. Now, in that place where HP started, visitors will see a sign that says “Silicon Valley Birthplace”.


As we still have time to plan our vacation journey, every technology lover who boasts will take advantage of his trip to the west coast of the United States and, in addition to seeing the museum of computer history, will visit places in the that the great technological empires of our time emerged. Garages converted into temples where artifacts were created that changed everything. Such is the amount that it would be difficult to design the beginning and end of the route, although that of many, especially fanboys, it would start at number 2066 on Crist Drive Street, in Los Altos.

It was there that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with the bold ones who joined his initial team, began working on the first computers of the Apple firm in 1968. Just don't be fooled. As 'Woz' has been revealed, there came no more than ideas. Neither prototypes nor anything like that. "The garage is a bit of a myth," he admitted in a recent interview. Nothing was designed or manufactured in the house of the adoptive parents of 'iGod' which, In 2013, it was declared historical heritage by the local municipal commission. Must visit for all 'geek' in any case.


If instead of crossing the Atlantic we prefer to cross the Mediterranean Sea, we can also choose a tourist destination with technology as a great protagonist. Without garages involved, but with a similar culture and the presence of the most important firms, on the other side of the puddle we can visit Silicon Wadi, the Israeli replica of the silicon valley.

With the epicenter in Tel Aviv, this technological route will take any technology lover through the cities of Herzliya, Ra'anana, Netanya or Petah Tikva. There we can see how the headquarters of large technology companies such as IBM (that landed there in 1949), Microsoft or Apple intermingle with the 'startups' that, if well stocked with ideas and projects, will end up being engulfed by the local big fish. The clearest example is Waze, the application to know the traffic for which Google paid 1,000 million euros.


Yes instead of the coastal climate we prefer a colder destination, we can set course for the technological core of northern Europe. In the same place where was born, grew up and diedone of the technological giants of the Old Continent, Nokia, many other companies try to gain a foothold in this narrow market. Although garages are not stretched so much, the city of Espoo, in southern Finland, could be a good holiday destination for the traveler geek Get to know first hand the ecosystem in which daring entrepreneurs, wanting to eat the world, they give free rein to their imagination.

There you can visit the headquarters of Supercell, where the fierce characters of Clash of Clans or the endearing animals of Hay Day will welcome you in full-size cards; or take a tour of the headquarters of Rovio Entertainment to throw Angry Birds stuffed animals against anyone or dive into the famous ball pool where workers from the Finnish company release tensions.


Among the most technological destinations in the world could not miss the only country where anyone can become a 'digital citizen'. Something more southern than Finland, Estonia has long become a benchmark in the world of technology. Since becoming independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, its citizens bet heavily on innovation. Among its borders is Technopolis, for many the European version of Silicon Valley, where Skype came and went. In addition, in the plans of all curious technology can not miss a visit to the Tallinn Cyber ​​Institute, founded in 1960.


The corner of the planet to which everyone who cares for the 'little pots' should travel is none other than the Huaqiangbei market, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen (south of Canton). Although before you must think twice: in the largest technological market in the world you will find absolutely everything and put your hand over your pocket.

Of course, at first you will feel somewhat misplaced. The market of this fishing village that it eventually became the capital of technology It still maintains a more typical aspect of the old fish markets. With small stalls here and there in which, yes, we can find the best-selling mobile phones and tablets on the market, hidden devices or merchandising items very, very geeks.

Further, to get more out of our journey through Chinese soil, we can visit the factories where the vast majority of the devices that we can find in the Huaqiangbei market are manufactured. In the Pegatron factories or Foxconn, for a few years in the spotlight for their working conditionsWe may not be able to enter, but with some luck we can visit the headquarters of large Asian companies such as Huawei and HTC, also present in Shenzhen.

Technology market in the Chinese city of Shenzhen © Tom Whitwell Flickr Creative Commons


Another sanctuary of technology to which those unable to resist temptation should not travel is the Akihabara neighborhood in Tokyo. Of course, you can not miss it. Because, contrary to what happens in the Chinese market of Huaqiangbei, when we reach this technological enclave it will be like entering a new dimension. Nothing of small positions in which the cables and the pieces are crowded to repair any device.

In this case, we will dive into a world taken from a science fiction movie. Without flying cars (for now), but with a multitude of neons adorning the landscape. Of course, those who have already visited ensure that a good geek he can find everything he knew and also what he had never heard of. If next summer we choose this destination, we must keep an eye out because as we enter its alleys, more and more will be the artifacts and video games without which we will not want to return home. For the record, the one who warns is not a traitor.

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Take a walk like a geek in the Akihabara neighborhood in Tokyo © Corbis

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