Born and raised in California. I grew up in the Central Coast area, which has the best and most inexpensive wine that California produces (in my opinion). Also there are oak trees, and Hearst was right that San Simeon and its surrounding areas are the most beautiful in the world. I spent my college years in Orange County as well as Berkeley, and am currently getting an M.A. in Colorado. Not being next to a large body of water frightens me; I am consistently on edge for this reason.
San Simeon, CA; Oxford, UK; Florence, Italy