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April 19, 2007 9:53 PM

Something for fun?

Sometimes I find that I am studying too hard and that I need a break from the library. There are many things that one can do in Berkeley, although it might not seem this way in the beginning. Most people just hop on BART and go to San Francisco, but before you do this I ask you to visit these great places in Berkeley. My favorite place to go when it's a nice sunny day is the Berkeley Rose Garden, which is up Euclid Ave. on Northside. If you're into a steep climb, just walk straight up Euclid. If you are more lazy, like some of my friends, you can take the AC Transit bus 65 up to the garden. It is a great place to meditate, study, or just walk around and "smell the roses".

Another place that I would recommend for those who love the outdoors is Tilden Park, which you can also take the 65 bus to. They even have a golf course if you enjoy the game.

If you are more interested in partying or clubbing, SF is probably your best bet. But, Blakes on Telegraph occasionally has great people playing and it's relatively cheaper than most SF clubs. It's also a lot closer to your house after you've had a long night of dancing away.

Also, I love food. There are some really great restaurants in Berkeley. Whether you want a five star meal from Chez Panisse or a quick dollar noodle box from the Asian Ghetto, Berkeley has a lot to offer a hungry tummy. If you are in the mood for a great salad, Cafe Intermezzo has many options and the salads are huge! If you want an authentic 1950's style burger and fries, hit up Oscar's on Northside at Shattuck and Hearst. The atmosphere reminds me of a diner. Just explore all the food Berkeley has to offer!! You most likely will not be disappointed.

I often take BART home on the weekends, but when I stay in Berkeley there is often plenty of exciting things that are going on. Telegraph often has an open street market and there are many activities always going on on campus and if you want to take the trip to SF you will not be disappointed either.

Berkeley and the surrounding area have a wealth of activities and I am lucky that I am able to take advantage of them as a Berkeley student!


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