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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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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