On the grounds of University of California of Berkeley, I believe on Sproul Plaza, there exists a circle called the "Circle of Freedom". a 3 feet diameter of earth within which nothing is unlawful and and anything is permitted..
This picture was taken in December of 1996, a demonstration held to mourn the loss of Mario Savio, the leader of the free speech movement during the hippie movement and the Vietnam anti-war times.. One of Mario Savio's famous moments came when he mounted the roof of a police car to defend free speech on UC Berkeley Campus..
The naked women holding hands and going around the "Cirlce of Freedom" were students of UC Berkeley during the times of Mario Savio..
To get a history of people's park in Berkeley, please see my main page on Berkeley.
The Wall with the history of People's park in Berkeley drawn as events is exactly next to people's park ( I forgot which street but crossing Telegraph Ave). It is a very interesting wall and I would recommend every tourist to visit this wall.
I have taken pictures of parts of the wall showing different events in history over time and you can check them out in the Berkeley travelougue.
there will be shopping in stores and vendors on the streets.
Weekends are buisiest check it out for more.
Ashby Bart station has a flea market on the weekends as well can get plants and cultural goodies.Good to support locals!!
To get the full effect of living in Berkeley You need to visit Telegraph Ave. This is a historic street where movements such as the Free Speech movement and the Black Panthers gained momentum. You'll find interesting shops, bums, cheap restaurants, cart peddlers, drunks, posers, slackers, street artists, political arguments(sometimes between bums), and other interesting sights.
Visit this historic park before it gets turned into a parking lot.
This is a place where lots of bums hang out. There is a bin for good samirtans to drop off clothes, blankets and canned foods. But be careful: that puddle may be pizz and that crap might not be from a big dog.
I've seen a couple people selling drugs here, but hey, it's Berzerkeley and it's usually only weed.
But don't be scared off. Because people also come here to paint, play music, sun bathe, or just sit and talk.
There is a basketball court (only in berkeley can you get to play B-ball with bums and then argue about politics with that same group of bums) and a nice big field.
Here are some Berkeley related links:
+ UC Berkeley, the greatest university on earth. What? Of course I'm impartial! ;)
+ The Daily Cal - Cal's reliably lousy daily newspaper. They generally churn out spineless PC editorials kowtowing to the Berkeley 'progressive' establishment, and when they do summon the courage to say something even remotely controversial, the local reactionaries descend on their offices and whine until the Daily Cal issues an apology. Free speech? Riiiiiight.
+ Cal Class Schedule - Find out about all of the fascinating classes Cal offers.
+ Best of Berkeley - This is an extremely disorganized site, but it has some good info about places to eat and go out here in Berkeley.
During track & field season check out world famous Edwards Stadium activities. The UC Berkely Sports Complex is state-of-the-art. Berkeley has something for everyone from gramps to toddlers. It's populace, one of the world's most gifted, intellectual communities, highest number of PhD's per capita in the world. How's that for a distinction on a higher plane!!!!! And I do mean a higher state of consciousness.
Tripping on Telegraph Avenue the sandalwood amphoras cleansing your senses, Ethiopian fare, street minstrels, decadent delights-body piercing & tatoo salons, mehdi body painting, sensuous massages at beauty spas. More bookstores,museums, dog/mascot runs and interesting street artisans proficient in all arts & crafts.
Very fancy chocolates that look like small lacquered pieces of art. Six pieces of chocolate cost $9.00. They also sell gelato.
On the waterfront, next to the Berkeley Marina, is Cesar Chavez Park. The park has a nice hiking trail along the bay, and a number of other relaxing activities. Watch the sailboats or fly a kite.
All I did was check out the campus, but it was beautiful and big. Well worth the effort if you love wonderful architecture and lovely landscape......and hippies.
Shops, bars, restaurants, co-eds, 60's burnouts, panhandlers, it's got it all. Telegraph Avenue reminded me of University Way in Seattle but a little more extreme.
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