New Englanders, don’t be too surprised if you see a familiar-looking man in a gray shirt visiting your town this week.
Here’s a rundown of where he’s been spotted so far:
In a post on (where else?) Facebook, Zuckerberg wrote Saturday that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were celebrating their fifth anniversary with a trip to rural Maine.
According to multiple reports, the couple was spotted Friday night dining at The Fiddlehead Restaurant in downtown Bangor. However, the locally acclaimed restaurant’s owner declined to confirm their presence to the Portland Press Herald.
“We were in Bangor last night for our anniversary dinner, but we missed the Duck of Justice on this trip,” Zuckerberg wrote Saturday, responding to commenter who had urged them to visit the Bangor Police Department’s unofficial mascot. For what it’s worth, Bangor police endorsed his decision to “try out one of our great restaurants instead.”
Zuckerberg and Chan subsequently continued north from Bangor to Millinocket, a small former mill town in the shadow of Maine’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin.
According to another post by Zuckerberg, the couple spent Saturday hiking on the Appalachian Trail “around” Mount Katahdin (the mountain’s peak marks the end of the 2,200-mile path) and meeting local residents. They spoke with “former mill workers, teachers, small business owners, a librarian, and a trucker,” he said. The meeting was hosted by the Millinocket-based graphic design company Designlab.
“Despite all the challenges, I was struck by their commitment to rebuild their community,” Zuckerberg wrote. “When I asked people if they would leave to pursue a better career opportunity elsewhere, not a single person said they would.”‘
In a post from back in Bangor that evening, Zuckerberg made another announcement.
“Priscilla got a new hat.”
Newport, Rhode Island
From New England’s largest state to its smallest, the couple’s travels continued Sunday to Rhode Island, where they were spotted on a Newport beach. Per the Associated Press:
Massachusetts real estate broker Gisele Borghani said she and her family were walking on a crowded sidewalk to Newport’s Easton’s Beach when they nearly bumped into the couple.
“I said, ‘Hi,’ and he smiled back and she smiled back,” Borghani said. “They were just minding their own business like two normal people.”
According to Borghani, Chan was still wearing her new Maine hat. The multi-billionaire tech entrepreneur and his wife were also accompanied by two bodyguards, following 10 feet behind, she said.
The Associated Press reported that Zuckerberg’s visit coincided with the Newport Oyster Festival, which wouldn’t be the first time he’s encountered the shellfish during his cross-country travels (he’s apparently a big oyster fan).
In a post from Newport, Zuckerberg said he’s not running for public office. Rather, he said the purpose of his mission to visit every state in the country by the end of the year is to “get a broader perspective” in order to better serve Facebook users and further the mission of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Providence, Rhode Island
Zuckerberg and Chan’s trip continued Monday in the Ocean State. WPRI reported they toured DelSesto Middle School in Providence and met with Governor Gina Raimondo to discuss efforts to “implement a statewide personalized learning initiative.” The report notes that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative previously donated $1.56 million to Rhode Island’s Office of Innovation to boost the state’s personalized classroom learning program.
In a post Monday evening, Zuckerberg touted the preliminary results of DelSesto’s use of personalized learning tools.
Raimondo told the Providence Journal that she was “delighted” Zuckerberg had noticed the state’s education initiatives and that she found the Facebook founder “engaging” and “substantive” in her first ever meeting with him.
Zuckerberg also reportedly grabbed lunch at Luigi’s, an Italian restaurant in Johnston, just outside of Providence.
“This young man stepped out who looked exactly like Mark Zuckerberg,” the restaurant’s owner, Luann Bautista, told WJAR. Bautista said Zuckerberg’s presence created a stir among the restaurant’s staff.
“We’re on Facebook all the time, so that’s good. It was a great experience,” he said.
Newport, Rhode Island (again)
Zuckerberg and Chan also met with a “small group of students” at the Naval War College in Newport. In a post Monday night, Zuckerberg said they discussed the impact of technology and information sharing on military strategy with the group, which was composed of military officers from each of the five services studying for senior leadership roles.
Zuckerberg also bonded with the group over the college’s use of war-game simulations, which the officers likened to his favorite game, “Civilization.”
“They invited me to participate next time I’m in town,” Zuckerberg said.
En route to Cambridge, Zuckerberg and Chan stopped by the latter’s alma mater, Quincy High School.
“Priscilla is a legend here,” Zuckerberg said of his wife, who is certified pediatrician and philanthropist.
“Back in high school, she was captain of her tennis and robotics teams and took every science class the school offered,” said his Facebook post. “When she ran out of classes, she bought a textbook and created a cancer biology class herself.”
Chan was the valedictorian at Quincy High School, before going on to attend and — unlike her husband — graduate from Harvard.
According to Zuckerberg, the couple met with students from the high school’s graduating class and Chan talked about how to overcome the difficulties of transitioning to college.
The Boston Globe reports that the couple made an undisclosed donation to the school.
Zuckerberg and Chan literally transitioned from high school to their former college (where they first met) Tuesday afternoon — and not without a pitstop at a Harvard Square staple.
Pinnochio’s, in which photos of a young Zuckerberg still hang, was apparently a favorite during his days at Harvard. Adam DiCenso, the pizza shop’s owner, told the London-based Daily Telegraph in 2012 that Zuckerberg frequented Pinnochio’s “five to seven times a week.”
Zuckerberg continued on Tuesday afternoon to his old Harvard dorm, where he proceeded to broadcast a Facebook Live stream himself. According to Zuckerberg, it was the first time he had returned to Kirkland since he dropped out 14 years ago.
“This is literally where I sat and I had my little laptop here, and this is where I programmed Facebook,” he said, standing over the location of his old desk.
Zuckerberg goes on to narrate a tour around his old residence, recalling details from how he and his roommates arranged their furniture, their clandestine Hot Pocket microwave, and their early days messing around on the internet.