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Home Sweet Home
By: Kayla Johnson
As much as I love being here at Scranton, this spring break could easily be described as “much-needed,” especially after the stress of midterm after midterm, paper after paper, and presentation after presentation. Unfortunately, I didn’t go on a nice vacation or travel anywhere exotic, but it was still a great time being home with friends and family who I hadn’t seen in a long time. There was a swirl of birthday celebrations, my sister (who turned 20), my cousin (who turned 5) and even my puppy (he’s one-year old now!). One of my best friends, Ismael, invited me to see the opening night for a dance ensemble he was a part of — I had never really seen him in action before, but I’m happy I had the time to go and see him perform at something he loved — not to mention he was an excellent dancer.
And, a trip home is never really complete without me seeing my friend of 15 years, George — this time he taught me how to master “Zombies” (it’s on Black Ops, I’m basically a pro now), while we recounted horror stories from high school. But, my absolute favorite part of the break was getting all of my friends together and visiting the Bethlehem Lookout — it’s this beautiful view of the city which is even better at night with the lights all around (trust me, the picture does not do it justice). But no matter what I did — kicking back on my couch, binge watching Netflix, or chilling out with my sisters, my mom and puppy — it was all I could have asked for in a break. It surely isn’t Cancun or Miami, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
By: Kelly Lappin
Scranton is my home away from home … but sometimes the infamous Scranton snow gets to be a little much when spring fever hits. Spring break comes just in time every year for a little break from the weather. This year, I flew six-and-a-half hours to find some sun in San Francisco, California. I had never been to California but I was quickly accustomed to the high sun in the sky and 70 degree weather.
My trip started out with venturing to Union Square where the notorious cable car turnaround was centered. The cable car was an amazing view of the city going up and down huge hills and taking me on my own personal tour of the city. I hopped off the cable car at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf for a boat tour and some delicious dungeness crab. The boat tour off of the Wharf took us underneath the Golden Gate bridge and past Alcatraz island. The views of the bridge were gorgeous. The day ended with decadent chocolate and ice cream from Ghirardelli Square. The next day was filled with beaches and hikes. The day started with walking to Baker’s Beach for some sun and beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After laying out in the sun for a couple of hours, Land’s End hiking trail was the next destination. The views of this hike was unbelievable. High above the the bay water, you can see the city, bridge, and views of Napa Valley. My time in San Francisco was amazing. I have always said that my home is in Scranton and my heart in New York City, but this trip has opened my eyes for another city I love.
Spring Break in Mexico City
By: Robert Bauer
This spring break, I traveled to Mexico City to visit my girlfriend. A five-hour flight allowed me to visit the city for the first time, and there was a lot for me to see. I visited the National Anthropology Museum, toured downtown, walked through Mexico City’s metropolitan cathedral, and trekked up a hill to see the Chapultepec Castle. I also shopped at various open bazaars, and I ate some delicious homemade and restaurant food. Other than authentic tacos and quesadillas, I had some of Mexico City’s best chilaquiles, seafood, crepes and desserts. The trip culminated in a visit to Acapulco where I stayed in a luxurious beach house overlooking the shore and west coast of Mexico. Overall, the best part of the trip was not visiting many amazing locations and eating delicious food, but instead being welcomed in by my girlfriend’s family. They gave me a new home away from home.