<![CDATA[Corina Chronicles - Blog]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:22:25 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[we've moved! ]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:43:27 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/weve-moved
Corina Chronicles has moved to a new site! 

The plan was to move all the posts from this blog over to the new site but it was taking too much time and energy and I would much rather spend my free time writing new blog posts than transferring old ones over. So instead, I've linked this old site to my new site so that you can always come back to it. 
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Be sure to check out the new blog for new posts in the future! 
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<![CDATA[diy beer coaster ornaments]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 03:49:46 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/diy-beer-coaster-ornaments
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I am so excited to finally be able to do this post. I have been waiting months for Christmas to come around just so I could do this project. It all started months ago when A told me I needed to stop collecting so many coasters from my brewery visits because it was getting out of hand. Anywhere you looked you could find a coaster, whether it was my car, my house and even his car! However, I didn't want to give up collecting coasters so we decided to put them to use rather than have them lying all around. I suggested making Christmas ornaments and since A loves Christmas he was immediately on board. Making the ornaments was so much fun because I got to go through all of the coasters  and remember all of the breweries A and I had visited in the last year. And when we finished, the tree ended up looking pretty damn awesome if I do say so myself.
To make these ornaments all you need is:

1. Coasters (as many or little as you want) 
2. Yarn or string 
​3. A hole puncher 
4. Scissors (to cut the yarn or string) 
Start with some coasters 
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Add a little yarn and a hole puncher 
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And whala! Unique and simple beer ornaments for any beer loving household! 
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The finished product 
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Corina's Question of the Day: Do you know any other diy beer themed projects? Are there any beer projects you would like me to make? 
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<![CDATA[25 things about me]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:32:18 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/25-things-about-me
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​Two weeks ago I turned 25 and so I figured I would use this opportunity to share a little bit more about the girl behind the blog. 
1. I'm left handed 
2. I hate olives. Love the color and the name, just hate the taste
3. I used to run long distance in college 
4. I am both an Anteater and a Duck 
5. My college boyfriend is the person I have to thank for getting me into craft beer
6. I would like to visit all 50 U.S. states. So far I'm at 21. 
7. The most random place I've visited to for craft beer has been Milton, Delaware (DogFish Head)
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8. My dream vacation would be a road trip around Iceland 
9. If I could, I would love to have a pet koala 
10. I'm so good at taking naps, my nickname is the Nap Queen 
11. The most random state I really want to visit for their craft beer scene is Nebraska 
12. I have one younger sibling
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13. Sours are my favorite style of beer at the moment 
14. I've known I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 12 
15. Country music is my favorite genre of music 
16. While I currently call Oregon home, I think I will eventually end up moving back to Southern California, more specifically, San Diego 
17. The coolest brewery I've ever visited was New Belgium in Colorado  
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18. The next place I would like to do a beercation would be Asheville, North Carolina 
19. While craft beer is my first love, I also have a place in my heart for wine and funky flavored margaritas  
20. I may have been born and raised in Southern California, but I am a terrible surfer 
21. If I could, I would wear my cowboy boots with every outfit 
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22. My favorite author is John Steinbeck 
​23. I'm pretty sure my honeymoon will be in Belgium and will consist of eating and drinking my weight in their waffles and beer
24. Guacamole is my kryptonite  
25. I really hate white chocolate and think it should be banned 

So there you have it, 25 random things about me. 

Corina's Question of the Day- Is there anything else you would like to know about me?


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<![CDATA[when friends visit oregon]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:41:22 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/when-friends-visit-oregon
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A few weeks ago I had the amazing pleasure of having some of my best friends visit me here in Oregon. Besides family, they were my first visitors since moving to Oregon, so I was really excited to have them visit. I was also really excited because it was their first trip to Oregon and so I wanted to show them a good time. So for four days, we did some of the most Oregonian things one should do on their first visit to the Beaver State. 
We started off our Oregonian adventure by doing the scenic drive to the Columbia River Gorge, seeing some waterfalls and playing with leaves as big as our heads. After a quick tour of the Nike Campus in the dark, it was back to Portland for dinner and some wandering around Powell's Bookstore. The next day we drove east to Bend where we did some hiking, saw a waterfall and enjoyed some local Oregon brews. 

Saturday was spent typical Eugene fashion. The day started with buying local produce and fresh hot apple cider at the Saturday Market, followed by donuts from Voodoo Doughnut. In the evening we layered up in our warmest clothes and headed over to Autzen Stadium for the big game versus Berkley. This was my friends' first college football game, thanks to our undergrad not having its own football team. Seeing how excited they were for their first football game was almost worth the four hours of standing in the cold and rain just to watch the game... almost. 

​On their last day, I show the girls around the UO campus and took them wine tasting, because everyone should try an Oregon Pinot Noir at least once in their lives. 

It was really nice to see some familiar faces in the middle of the semester and just hang out with my best friends like old times. I already miss them like crazy and can't wait until they visit again! 
But first....a Columbia River Gorge selfie 
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They said they wanted to see a waterfall.......
Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls Oregon
Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls Oregon
Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls Oregon
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They were a bit obsessed with the Oregon leaves....
Getting lost at Powell's 
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Wise words in Bend 
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Bend Oregon
The beautiful Tumalo Falls 
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Enjoying a well deserved post hike beer flight at Worthy Brewing
Worthy Brewing Bend Oregon Craft Beer
Worthy Brewing Bend Oregon Craft Beer
The amazing produce at the Saturday Market 
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Win the Day! 
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Showing the girls around campus. They couldn't get enough of the colorful leaves... I don't blame them
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First stop on the wine tour- Silvan Ridge 
Silvan Ridge Winery Oregon Willamette Valley Wine
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B.Y.OC.- Bring Your Own Charcuterie 
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Second stop on the wine tour- Sweet Cheeks Winery
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Sweet Cheeks Winery Oregon Wine Willamette Valley
Special shout out to Maddy and Katie for taking time out of your busy lives and coming all the way to Oregon to visit me! Can't wait till your next visit! 

Corina's Question of the Day- When friends or family visit, where do you like to take them? 
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<![CDATA[october in oregon]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:04:44 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/october-in-oregon
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Um... can we just talk about how we're almost halfway through November?! I feel like I was just looking at the calendar and wondering how it was already Halloween! As you've probably noticed, I haven't posted anything in a VERY long time.You can blame the gloriousness that it 2L year. School basically took over my life for the month of October, which was a real bummer for me since October in Oregon is BEAUTIFUL! All I wanted to do was run around and see the colorful leaves, go pumpkin picking all day and do other fall stuff. Unfortunately, that did not get to happen. If I wasn't at school, I was at home reading, and on the weekends I was attending conferences and classes in Portland and even had to complete a midterm over Halloween weekend! Yuck! Needless to say, the blog and my travel adventures kind of took a backseat. But once November rolled around school slightly got better, although it looks like I'll still be too busy to do any traveling/adventuring until Christmas break. I mean I'm even too busy to celebrate my own birthday! (which is actually today- 25 years old yikes!) 
​But even with all the craziness, there were some free moments where I go to do some of my favorite fall activities at least once, such as pumpkin picking and visiting new breweries. Other cool things that I got to do were see the St. John Bridge, try a chai flight and mini donuts from Pip's Original, collect quite a few pumpkins and even be a koala! While October wasn't as fall filled as I would've liked it to be, I'm glad that I was still able to at least squeeze in a few fall activiites to hold me over until next year! 

P.S. there's a new additional to the blog at the bottom of this post. Scroll down and check it out! 
How is one supposed to stay inside and study all day when the trees look like this?!
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Post conference beer at Hair of the Dog. Be warned, they don't call it that for nothing! 
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Doing one of my favorite fall activities- picking pumpkins! We actually ended up going to two patches in one day. This first pumpkin patch was at Hentze Family Farm
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A was trying to pet the chicken.....
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This is my "We're at our second pumpkin patch of the day and I'm super duper freaking excited" face! Picture taken at Lone Pine Farms
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Going for the biggest pumpkin in the patch 
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Picking out my second pumpkin of the day- a ghost pumpkin! 
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The real reason we went to Lone Pine... to feed the goats! 
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Super cheesy but I could't help it, I really wanted to take a photo with the colorful leaves! 
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Crossing off the St. John Bridge from my Portland bucket list! 
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I'm way too obsessed with these leaves.....
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Random reading session at Sam Bond's Brewing and new brewery #2 of the month 
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Post class beer flight at Laurelwood Brewing because after talking about wine for eight hours, one needs something a little stronger than wine 
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Switching up the flights and having some chai tea instead at Pip's Original 
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I'm a bit obsessed with pumpkins in case you haven't noticed 
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Ending October as a koala with my very own eucalyptus tree! 
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**NEW**

I wanted to try something new in order to facilitate communication with my fellow readers. I figured I would do this by ending each post with a question(s)........so without further adieu, I present to you the very first Corina's Question of the Day!  

Corina's Question of the Day- What was the coolest thing you did in October? Did you visit any new breweries? 
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<![CDATA[diy map souvenir]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:08:17 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/diy-map-souvenir
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Over the summer, A gave me a map of the Pacific Northwest (since I have this thing about maps). He gave me the idea to hang it up and put pictures of our adventures in the Pacific Northwest all around it. I thought it was a great idea and ended up adding it onto one of the plain white walls in my new home. It was a great way to add some much needed color to the living room and a great way to incorporate my love of travel in my new home. 
​To create your own map all you need is: 
1. A map of your choosing 
2. Pictures you would like to hang up
3. Yarn 
4. Push Pins 
5. Hanging Strips 
6. Frames (optional) 
7. Hammer 
Step 1: Hang up your map 
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Step 2: Frame your pictures 
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Step 3: Hang your photos around the map using either push pins or hanging strips 
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Step 4: Use yarn and push pins to connect your photos to the corresponding places on the map 
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Step 5: Sit back and admire your awesome work 
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For more DIY travel souvenirs, check out my Pinterest board on the link below! 
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<![CDATA[crater lake camping]]>Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:41:47 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/crater-lake-camping
Crater Lake Oregon Travel Wanderlust
Being thrown into the hectic fire that is law school can be a bit overwhelming. That's why a few weeks into school, a few of us started to get a little crazy and were itching to get out of town. We decided to go camping atCrater Lake since most of us had never been. The whole trip was about 24 hours, just long enough that we got to run around and do everything we wanted to do, but short enough not drive each other crazy. 
​We camped at the Mazama Campground, the closest campground from the rim. Once we set up the campsite, we drove back towards the the lake to go swimming. While the lake is HUGE, the only safe way down is by taking the Cleetwood Cove Trail. It's about a 2 mile round trip, and while two miles doesn't seem bad, I have to warn you, it was STEEP both down and up. Once at the lake, we went in the water, which was actually freezing. The boys cliff jumped but I have this huge fear of heights and so I just couldn't do it. When we were done swimming we went back to camp and just hung around the fire, talking, eating and drinking late into the night. In the morning we stopped at the lake one last time before heading back to Eugene. That morning, the sun was out and it made the lake look incredibly blue! We seriously couldn't believe how amazing the lake looked. On our way home we stopped at Toketee Falls. The original plan was to go swimming but it didn't look like there was a way down there from the viewpoint. I later learned that there was a make shift path that you could've hike down/slide down on your butt. Now I know for next time! 

P.S. this trip marked my 5th Wonder of Oregon, only 2 more to go! 
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First views of Crater Lake 
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Starting our hike down Cleetwood Cove Trail 
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Enjoying an Oakshire IPA on the banks of Crater Lake 
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There's nothing like a Crater Lake sunset 
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Getting in our last looks at Crater Lake before heading home 
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Crater Lake Oregon Wanderlust Travel Toketee Falls
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<![CDATA[camping in olympic national park]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 02:59:44 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/camping-in-olympic-national-park
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For one last hurrah before starting school, A and I decided to go camping in Olympic National Park up in Washington State. I didn't know much about Olympic but I soon discovered that the national park is so big, you can camp in the mountains, rainforest or on the beach! And not wanting to miss out on any of that, A and I decided that the best thing to do was camp one night in each of the ecosystems. 
​On our first day we stayed in the Hurricane Ridge area and hiked up the Hurricane Hill Trail. It was about a three mile roundtrip hike with a panoramic view of the mountains and ocean at the top. While the hike was basically straight up hill on the way up it was totally worth it! However, I was bummed that we didn't get to see any mountain goats on our hike :( . That night we camped in the Heart O' Hills campground, which was probably my favorite campground of the whole trip. 

​The next day we drove to the Hoh Rainforest, and set up camp near the Visitor's Center. After setting up camp, A and I tried to jump in the river that was right next door, but it was freezing!  When we were done freezing out butts off,  we did a few little hikes, such as the Hall of Moss and Spruce Nature Trail, around the rainforest. I'd never been in a rainforest before so I was really excited to cross that off my bucket list.

On our last night A and I knew we wanted to camp on the beach, but the best place to do that was Shi Shi Beach, two hours in the opposite direction from home. So rather than add two hours to our trip home, we settled on Rialto Beach, which was just directly west from the Hoh Rainforest. While the Mora campsite wasn't on the beach like we wanted, it was still very close to the beach (about a mile and a half). After setting up camp, we hiked along the water, climbing over the driftwood and racing up the shore when the waves came so as to not get soaked. It was probably better that we couldn't camp on the beach since it was so windy!

The next morning we got up and began the long drive home, stopping to have a proper meal and some local beer at Kalaloch Lodge and to jump in a lake at the Lake Quinault Lodge since none of the campsites we stayed at had showers and therefore hadn't showered in three days! While we may have been stinky for three days, those three days of being completely disconnected from cell service and the internet was exactly what we needed before a starting a semester of reading, classes, and other school obligations. It was truly the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and start the new school year. 
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Starting our hike up Hurricane Hill 
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I have no idea what this thing is, but I had to take a picture of it 
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The hike was painful, but the view was worth it
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My best attempt at doing yoga. Pretty sure I was making up poses  
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The mountains are calling....
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Somebody is excited about his new hatchet 
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My dinner on the first night...and the next two nights....
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Waking up in forest is the one of the best feelings ever! 
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Am I rocking the camping look or what?! 
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Taylor Lautner, where you at?! 
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Hanging out on the river by our Hoh Rainforest campground 
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Not particularly happy that the river was FREEZING
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Hiking in the Hoh Rainforest
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When the indoor cat doesn't want to get wet......
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Walking along Rialto Beach. Don't let the pictures fool ya, it was SO WINDY! 
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Building our very own Inukshuk
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Leaving the Quileute reservation. Even though I'm not a Twilight fan, I still thought this was pretty funny 
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Having a well deserved lunch and beer flight at the Kalaloch Lodge. I highly recommend this place as a pit stop! 
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We took a detour toLake Quinault Lodge to jump in the lake, because again, we hadn't showered in three days and we were beginning to smell like it ha! 
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The perfect end to a great summer! 
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<![CDATA[the oregon coast]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:20:20 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/the-oregon-coast
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A few weeks ago, I became really stressed out about trying to find housing before starting school. It seemed like I would never find a place to live. Bad luck just seemed to follow me everywhere I went and after multiple days of this, I became extremely upset and stressed. To cheer me up, A suggested that we take a drive to the coast for the day. We started our drive by going towards Florence and then headed north on the 101, stopping wherever we felt like it. If you've never been to the Oregon coast, you are seriously missing out. All I have to say is that they don't call it one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon for nothing! 

Along the way, we stopped for some local seafood, saw some light houses, explored the Devil's Punchbowl and the tide pools and watched the sun set on the horizon. It was the perfect way to take my mind off what was going on back home. However, one day is definitely not enough time to see all of the coast and so I absolutely can't wait until the next chance I get to explore more of this amazing Oregon wonder!   
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Stopping along the 101, whenever and wherever, we felt like it 
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The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse- one of the many lighthouses we saw on this trip
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Walking down to the Punchbowl 
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It's important to stay hydrated when you're traveling
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Inside the Punchbowl 
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Checking out the tide pools and Thor's Well 
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Thor's Well. It did not look like I imagined. It was supposed to look like this. And this kids, is why you should always know your tides! 
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A perfect end to a perfect day 
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<![CDATA[my weeklong west coast adventure]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:50:46 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/my-weeklong-west-coast-adventure
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After I got back from D.C., I only had a week in Southern California before I had to drive back to Oregon for school. Normally I would spend my visits home, seeing close friends, family and eating at all my favorite places/new places I've been dying to try. And normally, I would have either my sister or my best friend with me for these activities. Unfortunately, on this trip home, both of them decided they were going to be out of town for most/the whole time! (Can you say loner????)
So I was left to adventure by myself for much of the week, which actually ended up being not quite as terrible as I thought it would be. I was able to visit Three Weavers Brewing, attend the Avocado Beer Festival at Angel City Brewing and even got to make the trek down to San Diego to visit another dear friend and take her on her first brewery tour/San Diego beer adventure! 

But like all good things, they must eventually come to an end. So when my week ended, I packed up and began the 1000 mile journey to begin round two of law school. (Yay law books and tons reading! ok not really...) Luckily, the fun didn't stop when I left the City of Angels. On my way up I made sure to stop in Santa Rosa and visit the legendary Russian River! And it was so worth the detour! 

It's always so bittersweet to visit home, because while I absolutely love Oregon, I do miss family, friends, California beer and all of my favorite places to eat. But I guess now that I live somewhere else, it makes it that much more special to get to visit these places and see all of your favorite people. And so on that note I will end this post because now I'm beginning to miss home and day dream about all of the places I will get to visit the next time I'm home! Cheers! 
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So what do you do when you have no one to hang out with at home? You go and visit that brewery you've been dying to try for months! Thanks you Three Weavers
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Enjoying delicious fish tacos at one of the best taco places in San Diego- Oscar's!
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This little Oregon Duck couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit this brewery
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Everyone say hello to K, my awesome friend and craft beer's newest convert! 
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Got all my duck beers in a row 
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And just across the parking lot from Duck Foot.... Ballast Point
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Clearly having way too much on Ballast Point's brewery tour
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One of my favorite drinks- Ballast Point beer mixed with a little of their Bloody Mary mix 
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Third stop on the San Diego beer adventure- Saint Archer
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Can't visit home without having some homemade Mexican food! 
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Angel City Brewing's Avocado Festival! 
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Obligatory Bear Flag while hanging out in Victoria Beach
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Road tripping to Oregon with a stop at Rock Bottom Brewery
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Hands down the best coffee I've ever had! Thank you Roy's Station
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Oh hello Russian River
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When random strangers see you taking a selfie and ask to join 
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<![CDATA[an east coast farewell]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:18:25 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/an-east-coast-farewell
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Once I returned to D.C. from from my east coast "road trip", I only had two days left before flying back to California. I spent those two days doing some work, packing and crossing off a few things on my DC bucket list, such as beer tasting at Mad Fox Brewing, swimming at the Beach exhibit and walking around the National Mall one last time. For those of you who don't know, the Beach is a huge ball pit in the middle of the National Building Museum, set to imitate the beach. Kids and adults of all sizes could jump in/swim/get lost in there. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone in the DC area. It was so fun to just jump in, roll around and act like a kid again! I concluded my last day in DC by getting some Shake Shack custard and walking around the National Mall for a final time. It was such a bittersweet day because while D.C. has and always will have a special place in my heart, I was more than ready to come home to the west coast (aka I was in need of some real Mexican food, hiking and hoppy west coast beer). I also wasn't too sad because I know that my future job will eventually bring me back to DC. So thank you D.C. for another amazing summer and I will see you again soon! 
The last east coast beer flight of the summer at Mad Fox Brewing 
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The start to any day in downtown D.C. must begin with a doughnut from Astro Doughnuts! The creme brûlée is the best! 
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Just hanging at the Beach
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Clearly having way too much fun......
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Just enjoying a Shake Shack custard
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I am a HUGE sucker for these LOVE signs! (I've seen four!) This one is in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
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One last look at the monuments 
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Quick rest before going home to finish packing. Thanks for the memories D.C.! 
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<![CDATA[welcome to new york]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:17:34 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/welcome-to-new-york
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I'll be honest, when I was planning this trip I was a little hesitant to put New York on the list. I've been to New York a few times and so I debated about forgoing this stop and picking a city I'd never been to instead. What won me over was the 9/11 memorial and the fact that every time I visited, it still hadn't been completed. It was something that I really wanted to see, since I remember the area when it was all still rubble. I also wanted really wanted to visit Brooklyn Brewery, obviously, and to walk around Central Park because I had been dying to get outside and do some hiking all summer.
On my first day in New York, I walked from my hostel in Midtown all the way to the 9/11 Memorial, just relaxing and taking the sights in. I took the tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, something I HIGHLY recommend. It was a very emotional experience. After touring the museum, I decided I could use a beer to cheer me up, so I headed over into Brooklyn Brewery to try their beer. It did not disappoint. Well, except for the fact that they close at like 8pm on a Saturday, it did not disappoint. After last call, I went back to Manhattan to visit a favorite bar of mine, McSorley's. I like McSorley's because they only serve two types of beer- light and dark and because the bar history will amaze you. If you ever get the chance to go, ask the bartender for the bar book of poems. I ended my first night in the Big Apple by going to Times Square to see the lights.  

The next morning I had breakfast on the East River and went to Battery Park just to see the Statute of Liberty. Because I'd been to the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island before and didn't have 3-5 hours to visit this time, I just saw her from the park. Afterwards, I headed over to the Rockefeller Center to get an awesome view of the city. I didn't feel like spending $30 to go to the Top of the Rock, (although I do recommend it if you've never been and it's got way better views than the Empire State Building) so instead I settled on the Rainbow Room bar just a few floors below. For half the price, I got a margarita and the same view. Then it was off to spend the rest of the day at Central Park. I walked around the park until sunset. It felt so good to just be outside and see the trees and ponds. I think this was when I knew that it was time to get back to Oregon and get back to the PNW lifestyle! Once the sun set, I went to my hostel to gather my things and take the bus back to DC. But on my way to the bus station, I came across Heartland Brewery. I'd never heard of it, but I thought what the heck, I have a few minutes to spare. Man, oh man, I still can't believe this brewery doesn't distribute. You would never know, but they have a famous Oatmeal Stout that has won multiple awards at GABF and for good reason too! It was so good! It was the perfect way to end my trip to New York and I'm sure glad I decided to not skip over this city. 
Day 1: Arrived in New York from Maine at 6am 
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Had a light and dark at McSorley's 
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The city that never sleeps 
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Day 2: Started the day by seeing the Statute of Liberty and Battery Park 
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Drinks with a view at the Rainbow Room 
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When you're the only one in line with no one to make out with in front of the sign.... 
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One guess as to why they call it Turtle Pond  
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Obligatory Gray's Papaya while in New York 
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Enjoying the view at Sheep Meadow 
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The Rockefeller Center at night 
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Ended my trip with a visit to Heartland Brewery
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<![CDATA[the other portland]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:05:53 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/the-other-portland
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The third stop on my east coast adventure was Portland, Maine. I have always wanted to visit what I like to call "the other Portland" because of its beer, and because I was curious to see how it compared to the Portland I've come to know and love. During this trip I had my first experience with Airbnb because of the lack of a hostel and the high price of hotels in the area. I ended up staying with a lovely woman named Sarah and her daughter in the cutest house in South Portland. I highly recommend staying with her if you are traveling alone in Portland. (you can find her Airbnb profile here) And as a bonus, her upstairs tenant is the brewer/owner of Funky Bow Brewery! So it was fun to go beer tasting all day and then come home and talk beer with a brewer.  
On the first day I took Sarah's recommendation to have coffee at Cia Cafe- which did not disappoint. The owner, Jeanie, rolls around delivering orders on roller skates! This was also the place where I met three of the cutest old men, who showed me around town. I loved hanging out with them so much the first day, I went back to Cia have coffee with them the next morning. One thing I learned about Portland is that the locals are very proud of their town and are willing to show you around. If you have the time, take them up on their offer. 

After being shown around town by the locals, I took a brewery tour at Allagash Brewing and had some lunch on the water at the famous, Portland Lobster Company. I spent the rest of that first day just walking around the Commercial Street area. 

On the second day, Sara was nice enough to lend me a bike so I could go watch the sunrise and bike around town. Being from the west coast, I had never seen a proper sunrise before and Bug Light just seemed like the perfect place to do it. I apologize in advance for the plethora of lighthouse/sunrise photos, I was just that excited. After biking to Bug Light, I biked to Portland Head Light and then biked around Portland, eating and going beer tasting along the way.

I was surprised as to how similar the Portlands were to each other, both in architecture and attractions. Both have that Victorian era style for many of the houses. And both have an abundance of cute, local places to eat, drink coffee and have beer! I absolutely loved visiting Portland, and I was so sad to leave. I know I'll be back to visit this cute, little town again someday, so until then- thanks again Portland for the hospitality and I'll see you again soon.
The walk to Cia from my Airbnb accommodation 
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Some of the local showing me around Widgery Wharf and showing me their pet seagull (pictured in the background)
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Nemo, the pet seagull 
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Having way too much fun with my selfie stick 
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Can't visit Maine and not have Maine lobster! 
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Love Locks next to Portland Lobster Co. 
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Post lunch beer at Liquid Riot Bottling Company 
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Second stop at Shipyard Brewing. P.S. all their tasters are free! 
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Portland wall art 
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Cereal Milk ice cream from Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream. Yum!  
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Early morning bike sesh to see the sunrise 
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Way too obsessed with Bug Light....
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Cafe 158 by Bug Light 
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The Holy Donut- SO. GOOD!!! They use mashed potatoes in their donuts, but don't worry, it's not as weird as it sounds  
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Clearly enjoying my dark chocolate sea salt donut 
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Cool looking bar at Eventide Oyster Co. 
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Oyster flight 
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Biking around the Portland Peninsula 
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First brewery stop of the day- Rising Tide Brewing 
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Second stop: Tried kombucha for the first time at Urban Farm Fermentory  
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Third stop: Maine Mead Works. Their lavender mead was AMAZING. I'm still kicking myself for not bringing some back. 
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Stopping to play with the neighborhood puppies
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Fourth stop: Oxbox Brewery
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Fifth and last stop: Seabago Brewing 
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Biking back to my Airbnb accommodation before hopping on a bus for my next adventure 
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<![CDATA[maple syrup and malty beer in burlington, vermont]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:29:41 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/maple-syrup-and-malty-beer-in-burlington-vermont
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I know what you're thinking.....Vermont? Why??? And I would respond- I have no idea, I just woke up and decided that I would like to visit Vermont. Well, as it turns out, after doing some research, Vermont actually has a lot of cool places to see and things to do, like eat your weight in maple syrup, go lake swimming and visit breweries! While the ideal plan was to spend more than one day in Vermont and take a brew bus for those breweries outside of major towns, scheduling conflicts did not allow me that luxury. 
Instead, I settled on a day trip from Boston to Burlington. With bus stops and rest breaks, I ended up only spending about 7 hours in Burlington, so there was a lot of running around in order to see everything on my list. I started my trip in Burlington by having lunch at Penny Cluse Cafe, a recommendation from one of the Sam Adams workers the day before. She recommended the gingerbread pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup. And OMG, I have never tasted a pancake that delicious, seriously, I can't go back to regular pancakes anymore, they were that good! 

After my delicious lunch, I headed over to the magical place that is Magic Hat Brewing. This place was also amazing because they give out free beer tours and free samples! That's my kind of brewery! Also, everything is circus and magic themed, so I was really feeling the vibe of that place. After frolicking around Magic Hat, I paid a visit to Switchback Brewing. Their beer was pretty freaking delicious too and you can pet the owner's dog who comes and sits at your feet while you drink your beer! 

I finished my epic day in Burlington by walking along the shores of Lake Champlain, having a maple creme, (which is basically maple syrup soft serve ice cream, a.k.a. what dreams are made of) and walking along Church Street Marketplace. Overall, I would have to say that I was pretty impressed with Vermont and all it had to offer. I hope that the next time I visit it will be for more than 7 hours!  
Passing by the Vermont state capitol building in Montpelier 
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Just one of the many cute houses in Burlington 
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Having a real Vermontian lunch at Penny Cluse
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First stop! 
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I'm all about the free beer samples 
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Took the self guided tour
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Second brewery stop! 
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Cool looking beer flight handle 
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While walking along the shore of Lake Champlain, I came across the Burlington Earth Clock 
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Obligatory maple creemee picture 
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Decorations along Church Street Marketplace 
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Lake Champlain's version of a Loch Ness monster- Champ! 
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<![CDATA[boston brews and views]]>Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:24:20 GMThttp://corinachronicles.weebly.com/blog/boston-brews-and-views
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Ok so quick (actually, it'll probably be really long) apology as to why I have been MIA recently. If you have been following me on either of my instragrams, you will see that I have been doing quite a bit of traveling this past month. In one month, I traveled up the east coast by bus, packed up my life in DC, flew home to Southern California to see family, drove 1000 miles and moved back to Oregon, took a drive up the Oregon coast and went camping on the Olympic Peninsula. To say that life has been pretty hectic would be an understatement, but I'm glad to be starting school again and getting back into a routine because it means having more time to catch up on the blog and show you some amazing stuff from my recent trips. So sit tight and I apologize again, because I'm about to blow up your feeds with all my blog posts in these next upcoming weeks! Enjoy! 
I always knew that when my internship ended, I would take a some time to travel up the east coast before heading back home. I had done a similar trip 4 years before, except this time I would be doing it alone. I settled on visiting 4 cities (Boston, Burlington, Portland and New York) in 7 days. I also chose to travel by bus, since it was both cheap and would allow me to save on hostels since I could just sleep on the bus while traveling between cities. 

The first stop on this trip was Boston. On the first day, I walked along the Freedom Trail from start to finish and fulfilled my lifelong dream of watching a Red Sox game at Fenway! The next day, I visited Harvard and MIT, went beer tasting at Sam Adams and Harpoon, and basically just walked around the city, enjoying the people and the sights. There is just something about this city and it's history (something that you never get on the west coast) that makes it so amazing to be in and I was so glad to have been able to visit during this trip. I seriously can't wait to visit again soon! 
Quick stop at the Massachusetts State House while walking the Freedom Trail 
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Paying ode to good ol' Sam Adams 
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I love how some of the most important buildings in our nation's history are right smack in this middle of the city and locals are so used to it, they don't even look twice 
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Spoiler Alert: only like 5 people died 
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Paul Revere's house 
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One if by land, two if by sea......
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Bunker Hill
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The USS Constitution, the oldest active ship in the Navy 
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FENWAY!!!!!
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Got to sit in the original wooden seats! 
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Post game beer flight at Boston Beer Works 
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Hah-vahd. 
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Breakfast at the cutest little place (Clover), near campus
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Walking around Harvard 
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Good old John Harvard 
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After this, I'm still convinced Harvard is really Hogwarts in disguise 
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MIT 
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Brewery tour at Sam Adams! 
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Visiting The Mother Church and the Mapparium (still bummed they didn't allow pictures inside the Mapparium) 
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You have no idea how long I have waited to visit this place 
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Ending the day by walking around Boston Common 
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