Bringing Vietnam, my family to life

Before visiting in high school and this past summer, my perception of Vietnam was that it was a home to which my parents could not easily return. It was a place of heartache, war, history and danger. My mother and father are from the Hai Duong and Hanoi regions of
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Discovering Berkeley through Davis

Like so many UC Berkeley students in off-campus relationships, my boyfriend attends UC Davis while I go to UC Berkeley. This “short” distance means that three day weekends are basically music to my ears, so on Friday, I hopped on the oh-so-convenient bus between the UC Davis and UC Berkeley
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Rum and Coke: una Cuba libre?

In the 1950s, according to my Barcelona-born-and-raised abuela, the most popular alcoholic drink (besides beer and wine) was a Cuba Libre — essentially just rum and Coke. I found the name heavily ironic, considering Cuba’s current socialist regime under Castro, and promised my grandma I would enjoy one while visiting Cuba.
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To be wrapped in the warmth of Ocean Beach

We often dream of the exotic realms of the Sahara Desert or the architectural beauty of Milan, but forget the countless wonders that surround our beloved Bay Area. We don’t realize that just 25 miles away from the shore lies a marvel bordering the Pacific Ocean known as Ocean Beach. Public transportation allows
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The best of the Big Apple

Ah, the bustling isle of Manhattan, the city that doesn’t sleep. New York City is arguably America’s greatest and most iconic city — sorry all of you Bay Area natives, but I’m an East Coast girl through and through. And while the Bay Area is home to one of the
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Places to visit in the Bay Area over the long weekend

After weeks of waiting and crossing the days off our calendars, it’s finally time for the much-anticipated long weekend. Whether you’re planning on taking your loved one out of the city for Valentine’s Day this Sunday or if you just want to chill with a group of friends, we at
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Basking under the Hawaiian sunlight

I took my first trip to Hawaii when I turned 13 years old. My recollections of the stay are mostly blurry, consisting of postcard-like palm trees, an abundance of snow-white pigeons, beautifully dressed hula dancers and an array of Hawaiian flowers of all colors. I am still able to recall
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Winter Wonderland: Serene Lakes, CA

When it comes up that I have a cabin, I usually say it’s in Tahoe. Those familiar with the area will ask where in Tahoe, and I’ll backtrack slightly and explain that it’s more like Donner Summit, near Sugarbowl. Sometimes people will ask for even more details, and I’ll narrow
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Winter in Poland

I am a first generation American, both parents having immigrated to the United States from Poland in their 20s. I go to Poland every summer and occasionally in the winter to visit both sides of my family. This past winter break, I spent two weeks in this beautiful country, staying a
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Take a stroll down memory lane in Sacramento

On a wonderful whim, my family and I took a little day trip to Sacramento. From my hometown of Stockton, CA, the drive was a mere 45 minutes, and it was well worth the journey. Living in a different part of the Central Valley for 11 years, I always romanticized
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