On learning to like falling

This spring break, while many UC Berkeley students were venturing away to warm and balmy places, or just lounging in the warm and balmy wonderfulness of Berkeley, I flew like a bird against the seasons up into the cold, wintery regions of Seattle, where I learned how to ski (more or
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San Francisco of the highest pH

One of the big perks of attending UC Berkeley, aside from the education and late night food service, is that it’s just a hop and a skip across the bay from one of the coolest cities on this side of the Mississippi. From Union Square to Haight-Ashbury and every park
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Experiencing Mexico for the first time

Mexico is one of the most popular spring break destinations, and many UC Berkeley students each year travel to either Cancun or Cabo. This year, I had the pleasure of discovering one of the more underrated places in the country.  A couple of friends and I drove all the way from
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Bliss in the Bahamas

For spring break, I traveled to Nassau, Bahamas, and stayed on Paradise Island, an island located just off the shore of Nassau. The second best thing about the Bahamas — the first being the drinking age of 18 — was the views. The resort was surrounded by views of the
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South Lake Tahoe: Last-minute trip on a budget

Growing up in South Florida, snow isn’t something you ever see, unless of course you were alive one special day in 1977. The only time I ever got to play with snow in the Sunshine State was on one of those rare, magical days when my elementary school would rent
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The culture of Barcelona

A fellow traveler in Barcelona revealed to me that Barcelona was probably his favorite capital city. I was confused: I know the capital of Spain is Madrid, and I was in Spain, right? Wrong. Barcelona as a city, although geographically and politically located in Spain, is insistent in its independence
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20 hours in Madrid

Twenty hours is not enough to marathon “Friends,” read the entire Harry Potter series or study for finals — and it’s definitely not long enough to spend in a foreign city. So when I did the math and realized that I had only 20 hours, including sleeping time, to spend in
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La Ruta Puuc: El Yucatán

The first thing I tell my friends about visiting Cancún was that I had been there just days before Justin Bieber. I’m not sure why I choose to say this – Justin Bieber really isn’t a big deal to me – but I suppose it makes my otherwise predictable Mexico vacation somewhat more exciting.
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Shelter Cove: Lose yourself on the ‘Lost Coast’

As students, it can be tough to escape the rigorous grind of coursework that UC Berkeley is notorious for, as well as the never-ending stream of social media content that pervades our daily lives. But if we are to stay sane, we must at some point flip the switch and
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Hong Kong: City of paradoxes

Britain’s daughter and China’s surrogate child — or maybe it’s the other way around — Hong Kong is a strange island of paradoxes. Seven million people are stacked high and dense here, yet walking through the narrow, winding streets brushing shoulders with strangers, even as I trailed behind my family
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