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England, beyond the big city | Travel

Countryside and coastal towns have plenty to offer Note: This is the first in a multi-part travel series covering parts of England, Germany and the Netherlands. ENGLAND, U.K.—On New Year’s Eve 2008 I flew overseas for the very first time.  My sister was working in London, and...

Berlin, past and present | Travel

Short trip to German capital offers glimpse into famous city Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. From 1970 to 1971, my father lived in Germany. He was a student for a few months of the year,...

A busy day in Berlin | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a travel series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. Before my recent trip to Europe, I did some research on each country—learning certain customs and common phrases. I took advice from family, friends and tour guides about...

Traveling south the long way

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a travel series based in the Southwest. For the last week of February my wife Sarah and I took a road trip south to San Diego County, both for pleasure and family matters. We’ve taken this trip...

Searching for the heart of Amsterdam

Solo trip to bustling, global city reveals hidden gems Note: This is the fourth part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. When I decided to travel to Europe this year, I wanted to visit countries where I had friends. This was the case...

A touch of Old Dutch | Travel

Windmills and museums cap off European adventure Note: This is the final part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. October is a hit-or-miss time to travel to Europe. Crowd levels are lower, and flights can be cheaper—but the weather is unpredictable. By the third...

How to survive traveling with others

Let’s just say I’ve been around a bit and have traveled with various combinations of people from small to large groups that have included family, friends, colleagues, and mates; yes, it can make or break a trip. I have traveled on my own too,...

Painting a picture of The City | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a two-part series on San Francisco.  I was in San Francisco twice recently and though I’ve been there numerous times I still ran into plenty of new places to make it worth the short trek north. In December...

Year of the Rat in S.F. | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the last entry of a two-part series on San Francisco. For the first, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Pajaronian. I left off in the first half of this series about San Francisco as I departed North Beach, said goodbye to...
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‘Catz on the search for new football head coach

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville High football program is on the hunt for a new head coach this offseason after the school announced that Anthony Valdivia was...