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Sipping on A California Dream: A Primer on California Wine

Driving through California wine country feels like one of those sequences in a film—one during which Mazzy Star plays and a sunny day seems like it could last forever. From southern Santa Barbara to the northern California town of Mendocino, California has become a major source of quality wine. And let’s not forget the scenery […]

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Beneath Barça: Style and the City

The magic that defines Barcelona is felt instantly upon stepping off the bus in the center of Plaça de Catalunya. This is the epicenter of Barcelona tourism, evident in the familiar stores—Zara, Levi’s, Tous—and Emporio Armani billboards that blanket an entire block of buildings. Despite this being a notoriously touristy area of the city, the vibrant energy […]

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Flight Risk

The plane was nearing an altitude of 13,000-feet when my instructor cracked open the door and I foolishly peeked out at the snow-capped Swiss Alps below. Instantly, my head begin to spin, my stomach clenched and my heart seemed to triple its speed. Sure, I had felt nervous on the ground loading the small-propeller plane, […]

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The Budapest Diaries

I always wished I was more exotic than my suburban background implied, and I didn’t help my cause by taking a job in finance after graduation. So I jumped at the chance for adventure when a job opportunity arose at one of my firm’s portfolio companies in Budapest, Hungary. None of my friends or family […]

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