Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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). Here's a picture of the "Sukiennice" ("The Cloth Hall") on the main town square in Kraków:

(Stary Rynek: Wikimedia Commons)

And here's a picture of Płock also; it is located on the Wisła (Vistula) river:

(Płock: Nocowanie)


Berkeley, California. I lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years, 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,

Here is the campus building where I took most of my classes: Dwinelle Hall, home to the departments of Classics, Slavic Languages, and South Asian Studies:


And here is the best building of all (for me, bookaholic that I am): Doe Library.





1 comment:

  1. Hey Dr. Gibbs! Living in the foothills of the Catalina mountains must have been amazing! I love mountains and things like that so I can't imagine what that would be like to grow up in the midst of them. That is awesome that you went to Berkley! How did you end up at the University of Oklahoma after living in the Bay Area? Or I guess you could still live there since you teach online! I have been to San Francisco twice and it is a very cool place but it made me feel cooped up!

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