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May 2012

Postcard from Chico State

Chico State (officially known as California State University, Chico) is known throughout California as a party school. To be fair, it certainly had its hey-day in the 80s and 90s when it was named the top party school in the nation by Playboy. But...
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Houses of Hoi An

I grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, a city that was named the most diverse city in the United States by Time Magazine in 2002. The cookie-cutter houses are painted mostly neutral colors, with closely cropped lawns, blooming roses, minivans in the...
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8 (Instagram-ic) things to love about Sacramento

Sacramento is often dismissed as a cow town capital…because it is. The skyline rises out of flat farmland, recently converted to suburbia. It's not nearly as sophisticated, or liberal, or fashionable as nearby neighbor San Francisco. There's less...
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Postcard from Hanoi

Drinking "fresh beer" while sitting on child-sized furniture, dodging a constant stream of motorcycle traffic, group aerobics by the lake before the sun rises: this is Hanoi. The city in Vietnam's north is remarkably cold: in temperature, in...
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Rock Long, Rock Hard: cruising Halong Bay

Eating a steaming plate of noodles while perched on a plastic chair built for a 5-year-old, I faced a dilemma. I had four days in Hanoi, a city that was a grey and chilly as Saigon was colorful and warm—in weather, in buildings, in people. Hanoi’s...
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Highlights of Hue

I've learned that when a city is proclaimed as a country's cultural capital, it usually means it's cold. True to form, Hue (pronounced h-way) features gray-hued skies, a chilly wind drafting over the river and squat buildings crowding the winding...
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Because it’s commencement speech season

I don't remember a word of what was said at my college graduation. I had been at the bar drinking Bloody Mary's since 6 a.m., was force-feeding water to my friend passed out on my shoulder, the sun was blazing and I just wanted President Zingg to...
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Postcard from Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the prettiest cities in Vietnam: recognized by UNESCO as an exceptionally well-preserved Asian trading port, the riverfront buildings are colorful and diverse examples of 19th- and 20th-century French-influenced...
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The beauty of Butte County

"It's just so beautiful!" I exclaimed, thinking about the endless sky filled with billowing clouds, the wildflowers and orchards lining the one-way stretch of freeway, the stacked layers of the buttes. Grabbing a drink with a former professor, I was...
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Summer 2012: France, Croatia and the ultimate USA roadtrip

After two winters in a row last year--granted, they were California and Australian winters, so no snow was involved--I am more than OK with chasing summer this year. After plenty of beach weather in Australia and Southeast Asia, I'm planning to make...
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