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Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is a small island in Thailand that is infamously known for its crazy parties and buckets of alcohol.  The full-moon party is the most popular attraction on the island and it happens once a month on the full moon.  While the party has become increasingly commercialized and touristy over the years, it is still one of the must see things to do in Thailand.  It is definitely and experience in and of itself.

Goodbye California

[caption id="attachment_923" align="alignnone" width="960"] Day spent at the Getty in LA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_925" align="alignleft" width="960"] Skating in Malibu[/caption] [caption id="attachment_924" align="alignleft" width="960"] Malibu sunsets and delicious seafood[/caption] [caption id="attachment_929" align="alignleft" width="960"] Skydiving in San Diego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_918" align="alignleft" width="720"] Hiking Hermit Falls[/caption] [caption id="attachment_910" align="alignleft" width="960"] Going Away Bonfire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_909" align="alignleft" width="960"] Downtown Fullerton Night[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_907" align="alignleft" width="960"] Crystal Cove rock jumping[/caption] [caption id="attachment_903" align="alignleft" width="960"] Dive bars and rock bands[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_900" align="alignleft" width="603"] Fourth…

Memento Park, Budapest, Hungary

Last summer I traveled to Hungary to live in Budapest and study Genocide and Political Extremism in Eastern Europe.  One of the field trips we went on was to Hungary's Memento Park, an open air park completely devoted to Hungary's communist period.  The statues in the park tell a lot about not only communism, but nationalism as well.  The statues date from the beginning of the communist period all the way to the end of the Cold war in the…

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

In the West we have these preconceived notions if how post-communist countries are. When I told people I was going to be studying in Hungary, many could not comprehend why I would ever go there. This attitude, in my opinion, is a failure of our system which still clings to anti-communist rhetoric as if the cold war were still hot. Eastern Europe exceeded my expectations in every way possible. These places still have culture, a lot of which has been…

Florence, Italy

  Last summer I was living in Budapest Hungary and I did a great bit of traveling around continental Europe.  I had met a friend in Italy and we had only planned to see Venice and Rome, but after walking around Rome all day in the 105 degree sun my friend wanted to wait in the 3 hour line for the Vatican and I decided to go to Florence.  I am so glad I did, as Florence was what I…