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Sunny Days in the Bay

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I was born and raised in San Diego, California, and there are many reasons why I now feel as though I could never live anywhere else than the Golden State. California has a little bit of everything you could want: sun, surf, snow, cities, small towns, and everything in between. Furthermore, there is no shortage of things to do on the weekends. May I call to mind the beach, museums, concerts, or even the most magical place on earth, Disneyland? While all of these things are enough to make anyone jump in a covered wagon and head out west, my very favorite thing about California can be summed up in one word, weather. This entire week Berkeley has been 75 degrees and bright and sunny. I’ll be the first to admit I am a typical San Diegan sun addict and Berkeley has decided to bless me this week with copious amounts of vitamin D and sunburns.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Berkeley Kind!

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If any of you, like me, have most of your friends on the East Coast then you will be familiar with the constant barrage of grumbly Facebook statuses, Instagram posts, and Snapchats about the historically freezing weather there. It’s almost surreal seeing them enjoy snow days and layer up in all sorts of bulky sweaters. Sitting here in temperate Berkeley, I just cannot seem to relate to the winter experience I keep hearing about from my friends on the other side of the country.

Yet, I don’t lose sleep over it. At all. It isn’t even the end of February and I have already forgone my usual jacket and pants for the all-too-comfortable t-shirt and shorts. Berkeley residents often describe the weather here as erratic, and while it does fluctuate, the limits (forgive me for using that term, after Math 53 I never want to see it again) are very pleasant. It rarely gets too cold and rarely gets too hot. It’s always relatively pleasant. Granted we have our fare share of foggy days here as we are in the San Francisco Bay Area, after all. However, the fog only lasts for a few hours on average, enough to get your Lana Del Rey fix in before your 8:00 AM lecture.  It seems that winter here is almost nonexistent. For example, this week the toasty sunshine on Memorial Glade beckoned the sunbathers and frisbee enthusiasts back to campus.

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