I just found out that I won the draw for my apartment...great news as I was staying in Crocket (15m north of work).
I've been in Berkeley for a week and so far I am adapting to my surroundings well. The people I work with are awesome and I hope to grow with them in the near future.
I've been to this great place called Cesar (i think) which serves very delicious tapas style plates and great drinks (next door to Chez Panisse).
When I get more time and an internet connection I will write more.