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Diversity is what best defines California, it seems to me. Of cultures, landscapes, possible experiences, flavors, fauna and flora, the open-mindedness of those who live here...

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#13 Embracing the unknown

I remember when I was 13, when we moved to another school district, I convinced my parents not to change schools or swimming clubs, so that we could continue with what we had known until then.

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#12 The value of things

The international family enthusiastically organized to welcome us at 7 both in Chicago and Canada, and we bought the trips convinced that despite being a very expensive time of year, the value of Christmas as a family was well worth the investment.

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#11 Giving Season

At this time of year maybe we'll all be a bit Merry and Bright, or at least there'll be a global attempt to integrate the spirit and be more generous.

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#10 Thanksgiving and one of the 7 wonders of the world

With life happening in the fast-moving wheel that it is everywhere, I must confess that I love this moment of pause when American families come together to give thanks on Thanks Giving. Being grateful must be one of the most important cultivable virtues.

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#9 Halloween, Friendsgiving and Christmas

Since August we've had pumpkins and bats everywhere, and it goes without saying that the preparations for October 31st in the afternoon, from the supermarket, to the decorations in each house, the nooks and crannies of the streets of Seal Beach, etc., promised a big party in every sense.

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#8 Amazing and Distressing

Even if it's for the better, even if it's temporary, even if it's far away or close to home, to our loved ones, to everything. Change is hard. It always means leaving your comfortable surroundings and adapting to everything new.

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#7 days no

And when the video call suddenly arrives on the other end, and the longing for a tight hug, an unhurried conversation without an appointment becomes real, you apologize for the quick hang-up, for the discomfiture, or for the crying while staring at a screen in the middle of the street.

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#6 Our people

This week Rodrigo turned 45.

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#5 Avocados and passion fruit

Every once in a while, when I blur my lines, I remember that this all started because I came here to work! And when I remember that, it's also a mixture of excitement and butterflies in my stomach, because I make to-do lists every day, and it's rare that I eliminate all the points.

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#4 Enjoying the ride

When we landed after having managed to embark on this adventure, and tried to get around the challenges that came our way, worry and breathlessness became a constant.

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#3 Hilary and the first week of school

Wind, rain and excitement. End with a hot chocolate.

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#2 Ready. Set. Go.

I'm here to report on this week full of news to see if I can calm down.

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#1 First report of these days in LA

Days in LA that feel like 200 hours instead of 24

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