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Poisson d’Avril

A quick post in honor of April 1st, because this is the only kind of history that I’ll actually remember for the rest of my life. April 1st in French is called “Poisson d’avril“, literally meaning april fish. According to my French professor, April Fools originated due to the calendar change. In France, the king … Continue reading

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A Bicycle Built for Two

She was dying. Every shallow, wheezing breath she took could be her last, and he knew it. They all knew it. So he asked for the impossible: in her final days, for them to be reunited one last time. They were on two different ends of the same hospital, each in identical, lonely rooms, confined … Continue reading

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Pasadena is a paradox. There, you find the old, battered buildings housing the likes of J.Crew, Zara, Armani Exchange, and Madewell, located across a musty pawn shop. There, you find the beautiful walking past the disfigured. There, you find the elite with their designer bags swaggering past the black man in a qipao playing trumpet. … Continue reading

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She Willed Me Her Brain

Mrs. C and I became friends when she willed me her brain. In fact that’s probably the fondest memory I have of our hour-and-a-half relationship, though of course her promise was in jest. The first time I saw Mrs. C, her doors were wide open. It was strange for most hospital rooms, but my question … Continue reading

Day Trip :: Chocolate
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Day Trip :: Chocolate

It’s been a while since I’ve gone to Balboa, but I recently went for a day trip over the holidays, specifically for something I’ve been waiting for practically all year: The Chocolate Exhibit. Located in the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat), the Chocolate exhibit delves deep into the history of chocolate, describing aspects of the … Continue reading

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

It’s upsetting when children’s films (and other forms of media) are automatically shelved onto the “Immature” shelf when they could stand perfectly well against movies meant for adults. Of course, there are many movies and TV shows that are far too silly to anyone older than ten, but the same can be applied to “adult” … Continue reading