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November 6, 2006 5:20 PM

From 707 to 510

I'm from a small town on the Northcoast of California called Eureka. When I first came to college I got used to responding, "Eureka: it's a small town about five hours North of here on the coast" when people asked where I was from, because inevitably no one knew. Even though no one seems to know where this place is, I was born and raised there and will always have a soft spot for it. Although I love the constant activity of Berkeley, I always look forward to going home and taking a break from all the hustle and bustle of life in a city. The best things about Eureka are the natural surroundings: I'm ten minutes from a beach, ten minutes to the forest or a campground, twenty minutes to the mountains, half an hour to some inland sun. You can actually drive twenty miles in twenty minutes. Traffic doesn't exist, I leave my front door unlocked during the day, and people are a little less superficial than in the city. A lot of my high school friends, including myself, have experienced a lot of trouble in adjusting to life in an urban area after leaving for college. If you live North of Santa Rosa, you know what I mean. Sometimes I just want to tell everybody to slow down and stop worrying, but I guess in Berkeley there is plenty to worry about. There are still a lot of things that I love about Berkeley and the Bay Area in general, such as the cultural diversity, the AWESOME concerts that we get, the tasty restaurants and the great education. But I love going home and being able to relax with my friends and family where things are a little more familiar and not so overwhelming. Luckily, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! :D

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