¿How Crazy Can You Carnaval?

Think you can handle the third biggest Carnaval celebration in the world? Well, that’s just what we set out to do this weekend in Cadíz – a beautiful beach city on the southern coast of Spain that comes to life during the weeks of Carnaval, where thousands gather to drink
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Calling all globe-trotters!

Studying abroad for the semester, year, summer? Exploring France, Ghana, Korea, anywhere? Even simply vacationing over break? Share your experiences and write for the Daily Cal Travel Blog! Travel blogging is a great opportunity to let your friends know what you’re up to, help out others interested in studying abroad
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How to be a Wine Snob

This weekend in Paris the temperature plummeted and it snowed for the first time all winter. What are the odds that this would be the weekend we had planned for so long to set off to the city? Alas, to keep warm from the biting winds and icy streets, we
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Edinburgh – city of yesterday, now and tomorrow

Haggis, kilts, scotch and the largest student population in the United Kingdom – what’s not to like? All of this and more is on hand in Edinburgh, a city that seems to exist in the past and the future at once. The architectural stylings remain much as they were when Adam Smith
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Barcelona – La gente es muy loca

I signed up to study abroad in Europe’s number one party destination, but not for the parties.  Having visited Barcelona a few times before, I fell in love with the surreal architecture, vibrant art scene, eclectic mix of international cultures and alternative streak that reminded me of my own hometown
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London has still got it going on

Cheers! Things have progressed a bit here in London since the Romans first came to town. The land of foggy skies and overflowing pubs is alive and well as it gears up for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Advertisements featuring muscled athletes abound and the Underground is in the midst of
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The pizza pilgrimage

Simply put, it is impossible to come to Italy without dedicating a good 30 percent of your time to enjoying the local cuisine. Truth be told, I probably spend about half of my day in the company of food of some variety, and more often than not, it’s pizza. Sure,
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An Ode to Scotland

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.” I am seated at a makeshift table constructed from four bedroom desks as my Scottish neighbor Katie
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‘Football’ for the Bear-shaped void in my British life

Collegiate athletics in Europe are nowhere near as important as they are in the United States. Even though I feel lucky to have escaped a football season that required trekking all the way to San Francisco to watch Cal suffer many unfortunate losses among sparse victories, I do miss gamedays
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Walking in a (European) Winter Wonderland

While Americans everywhere spent Black Friday fighting long lines and pepper spray in search of the cheapest holiday gift deals, European city centers were being adorned with lights, ferris wheels and German-style bratwurst stands. Instead of strip malls with actors in Santa suits and glitter-saturated plastic evergreen trees, European cities
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