Monday, August 4, 2014

Tucson, Cracow, Berkeley... My Favorite Places

Since I just could not limit myself to one place, I decided to pick three favorite places. Here they are!

Tucson, Arizona. I lived in Tucson in the 1970s when I was a little kid, and of the many places we lived, Tucson was my favorite. It is so beautiful! We lived in a house in the foothills of the Catalina mountains which you can see here. Aren't the saguaros beautiful?

(Sabino Canyon in the Catalinas:
Wikimedia Commons)

The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona!

Kraków (Cracow), Poland. I did a "study abroad" in the summer of 1985 — and what an adventure! I was a Polish major in college, so getting to live in Poland that summer was a dream come true. After I graduated from college I moved to Poland and lived there for a while, near Płock (which is not far from Warsaw), but Kraków is the Polish city that captured my heart. Here's a picture of the "Sukiennice" ("The Cloth Hall") on the main town square.

(Stary Rynek: Wikimedia Commons)

Berkeley, California. The Bay Area is where I lived the longest (over ten years total), and I guess it is the place I love the most. For sure it is the place I know best. I moved to San Francisco after graduating from high school because it seemed like the most exciting place to be ... and it was! Then, after working as a secretary for a year, I decided to go to college, so I went to Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley in 1986, I lived in other places, but for grad school I went back to Berkeley again; that was in the 1990s. It's a great place and is definitely a big part of who I am! Here is a beautiful picture that shows the Campanile (bell tower) on the Berkeley campus, with San Francisco Bay in the background.

(Campanile seen from the Stadium,

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