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I’m from California.

I was born and raised in California. The word California often conjures up images of  palm trees, the Beach Boys, convertibles with the top down. It's Hollywood or San Francisco, celebrities or liberals, beaches or vineyards. It's not often...
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Postcard from the streets of San Francisco

Wandering in San Francisco on a sunny Friday morning, I stumbled over a Banksy in Chinatown. My day was officially made, and I was reminded of how vivid and joyful the multi-cultural San Francisco streets can be. I'm not usually a huge fan of...
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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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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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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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Is my heart in San Francisco?

I've seen the San Francisco skyline come into view while crossing the Bay Bridge countless times: as a kid, I loved watching for the Alcatraz spotlight and trying to spot the office building where my grandfather worked. Now, I gaze at the city built...
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Eureka! The California Mix

When I'm traveling and people ask me where I'm from, I say "California." And no matter where I am in the world, it's remarkable how many people reply either in song or by exclaiming Hotel California! My friend Rex is the ultimate mix tape...
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California, I’m coming home

At a dinner with other travel bloggers and long-term travelers in Chiang Mai, someone asked what we all disliked most about home. Complaints flew about the bleak weather, the loud politics, the close-minded attitudes. I sat silent, instead...
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Postcard from Santa Cruz

Whenever friends from home ask me about my life in St Kilda, I describe it as a beachy and laid-back suburb right outside of ultra-cool and urban Melbourne--like a Santa Cruz that's a 20-minute tram ride from the center of the city, to put it in...
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Live every day like a tourist

Right now, I'm lucky enough to be playing tourist and pretending to be a resident of Nice, France. The French Riviera is undoubtably a huge tourist destination, and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to explore. However, before moving here,...
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