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The Ghosts of Sachsenhausen

I have considered myself a fortunate person to have been exposed to so much of the Holocaust at an early age. My middle school history teacher opened my eyes to the books of Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank and Primo Levi. One of my friend’s grandfather was a survivor, incarcerated well
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Coffee, Chat and Ethiopian Community

Have you had your morning coffee yet? In our hazy A.M. fogs most of us understandably fail to think about the origin of that lifesaving brew, and I’m talking about the literal root of the coffee tree that produced a red cherry that magically woke you up this morning (or
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Anping: A Town of Mixed Cultures and Taiwanese Delicacy

Growing up in Tainan, a developing city in Southern Taiwan, I had not really thought about the history of my hometown until I visited Anping, an ancient town located near the west coastal area of the country where the first chapter of Taiwanese history started. It was a place where
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A Real Victory

There are only two eternal things in this world: love and the Barcelona-Real Madrid soccer rivalry For the past few years, Barça (as it is commonly known) has been the dominant team not just in the Spanish league, but in all of Europe. Barça fans like to paint themselves as
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Vegging your way through Europe

As a pescatarian (someone who eats no meat other than fish), I was counting on losing a lot of weight while living in Scotland for a year. Haggis isn’t exactly a vegetarian-friendly dish. But when my friends and family welcome me home next week, they won’t be greeting the frail
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Barcelona Beauty

After more than 14 hours on a plane in order to fly thousands of miles across an ocean, I finally landed in Barcelona, ready to forget all about finals, classes and other miscellaneous Berkeley-related problems. As I made my way to the famous Ramblas — a long pedestrian street long
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Addis Ababa — No, we’re not talkin’ Aladdin

“Oh this summer? I’m going to be in Addis Ababa for 2 months.” Some typical responses included, “oh Abu Dhabi, nice!” or just, “What?” There were a few that I knew were nodding in agreement although you could tell they were scouring through their mental search engine for an answer.
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Spanish Flavor

What comes to mind when you think Spanish food? Delicious salsa? Guacamole atop sizzling pepper fajitas? Some cold margaritas or tequila and lime? Well that in fact is Mexican food. In turns out not all Spanish-speaking countries have the same cuisine, and oddly enough if you ask for a tortilla out here in
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Celebrate Valencian-style at the fiery festival of Las Fallas

I stepped off the bus and immediately felt like I was in a battle zone. The long whistles and accompanying roars of firecrackers came from all directions, and the air was already smokey. And this was only 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Thus began our day in Valencia to see the closing festivities
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Isle of Skye, fresh air, and beautiful highlands

Freshman year, back when I thought I was an English major, I took English 45C and had to read “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. One of the themes I remember our professor teaching us was the concept of the sublime: something so vast, so beautiful, that our very inability to
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