Tag Archive: Santa Barbara

Jun 29

The Awesome & Inspiring Person I Met From CouchSurfing

At 2am the doorbell rang. I peered out the window with some trepidation, wondering if this person might be a serial killer, but opened the door for the stranger anyway. In front of me stood a British man with a chipped tooth and a rucksack; we’d never met, but I smiled and invited him in. …

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Jan 29

{Photo Essay} The Santa Barbara Mission

I woke up on Sunday with my ears ringing and my head clouded. While it was more likely a severe case of “I celebrated too much last night and there are pictures of me drinking wine straight out of the bottle because I’m a classy lady like that”, I’m going to chalk it up to …

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Jan 15

The Pre-Korea Food Fest of 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week in facebook group chats with the other teachers heading to Korea soon, and someone recently posted a story of how one guy arrived in Korea only to be sent home because he weighed 30lbs more than he listed on his application. Questionable veracity or not, this …

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Dec 30

My 12 Kickass Moments of 2012

December sort of snuck up on me. One minute it’s New Years Day, and I’m regretting that one (or seven) glasses of wine from last night; the next minute it’s summer and I’m celebrating the inevitable act of aging another year by riding around on a surrey like a 12-year-old; then all of a sudden …

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Dec 12

The Secret of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Clock Tower

One of my favorite sights to show visitors in Santa Barbara is, oddly enough, the Courthouse. Not because it’s a place I spend much of my time (I have–miraculously–never been arrested, thank you very much) but because it is a beautiful and historic site that epitomizes the Spanish style architecture that defines Santa Barbara. The …

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Nov 04

The Painted Cabernet: Getting classy drunk with a paintbrush

I am no artist. My drawing skills are so heinous that I used to ask my little sister do my posters for school presentations. I tried to take an art class once, but when I proudly displayed my moon-over-the-ocean landscape that more resembled a Moon-Over-My Hammy breakfast plate, the teacher just patted me on the …

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Aug 15

A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Sunday in Santa Barbara

My skin is sun drenched and my brain is fuzzy with blissful exhaustion. I’m not on vacation, I’m not on some remote tropical island, I’m not even celebrating anything–today was just another Sunday afternoon here in Santa Barbara. And yet, it was perfect. It never ceases to amaze me how lucky I am to live …

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Jun 29

Santa Barbara Solstice and Why I Want a Parade for my Birthday

I F-ing love parades. LOVE them. If I could have my very own parade for my birthday, that’s the only gift I would want. (Friends, take note). We would all wear feathers and go dancing through the streets with trumpets and drum circles and confetti and throw gerbera daisies and cake pops onto our wildly …

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