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Santa Barbara

by ViTo • January 17, 2007 Comments off

Being in a new university, in a new country, in a new apartment and with new friends there are many things to see and learn. My list is growing really long: Malibu, Long Beach, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, the Death Valley, New York, Hawaii, etc. These are places I’ve always heard about but never had the opportunity to visit. Until now…

That is why when Marcel and I had the chance, we drove up to Santa Barbara to visit the famous wineries. We were invited by Alberto and Isabel, two Spanish (Catalan?) students studying in UCSB.I want to thank them for welcoming us, cause before this trip we didn’t know them that much. They showed us Santa Barbara which turned out to be a small town very cosy and really pretty.

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Despite being late November, the weather was really warm during the whole weekend that had we had brought our swimsuits we would have gone to the beach. There, we had the chance to rediscover our roots when visiting the Spanish mission in SB. There are many catholic misiones in California, most of which were founded by the Catalan fray Juníper Serra. The simplicity in which people led their lives in the past always shocks me and how removing a few things we take for granted, life can become extremely harsh.

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The visit to the wineries was the last (and main) event of the weekend. It turned out to be very pleasant. I had the impression of being back home. Catalunya is a land famous for its quality wines and being in the middle of all those vineyards was really familiar to me. We had a wine taste in the Firestone wineries. This is the region which was featured in the movie Sideways. I don’t know much about the wine industry by I really enjoyed the experience. However, I felt like wine was the indicative of a fancier lifestyle. One I can assure you I don’t belong to. Maybe in the near future once I start working ;-).


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