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Top Five Student Destinations
By Ahmed, Weekend Contributor I Photos by Adam Glanzman, Daily Staff Photographer

A much needed
(spring) break

There's only one day
left before it's officially
spring break (Congrats!
You made it.)! After weeks
of frantically writing pa-
pers at the Fishbowl and
studying for exams at the
UGLi, everyone is more
than ready to leave cam-
pus for a few days. The
Daily asked around to find
out where students were
headed this week.
With a record-break-
ing 26 million visitors last
spring, Florida is one of
the most popular vacation
places in America accord-
ing to Visit Florida, the
business section of the
Florida Commission on
Tourism. Contrary to pop-
ular depictions in movies
and on MTV, however,
the state is more than just
a sunny locale filled with
clubs and bars.
"Florida has things
like the Harry Potter
World, Disney World and
warm beaches" said LSA
sophomore Fabiana Diaz.

"There's just so much to
do there."
It's also one of the
cheaper locations on this
list according to Public
Policy senior Erin Free-
"We decided to go be-
cause we got good deals
on Orbitz," Freeman said.
Cancun, with its pris-
tine white sand and low
(legal) drinking age, is the
ultimate spring break des-
tination for many college
kids. Like Florida, Cancun
is also more affordable for
students, which was a big
pull for LSA sophomore
Catherine Uglietta.
"Cancun is a good
spring break destination
because of its reputa-
tion for being a fun party
destination and because
of how many college stu-
dents actually go there for
their spring breaks," Ug-
lietta said.
Puerto Vallarta
If endless tequila and

a gorgeous view of the
ocean is not enough for
you, but you'd still like to
visit Mexico, Puerto Val-
larta is the place to be. The
scenic destination offers
visitors more activities to
do and a greater exposure
to Mexican culture. The
town has elaborate sand
sculptures adorning its
shores as well as art gal-
leries and restaurants.
"We wanted to explore
a new town and a new
culture," LSA senior Sarah
Gilberg said. "We're going
to spend a day propelling
down a waterfall and after
that we'll go snorkeling."
The Bahamas
Another popular tropi-
cal destination for spring
breakers is the Baha-
mas. Comprised of more
than 700 islands, islets
and cays, the Bahamas
are filled with gorgeous
beaches, grottoes and la-
goons to visit.
"I'm hoping to explore
alittle, eat some good food
and relax on the beach

with my friends," LSA se-
nior Chelsea Hoedl said.
"We're looking in to para-
sailing or maybe renting
jet skis."
New York City
Even though the pull
of sunshine and the need
to escape from Michigan's
hellish weather is strong,
some students are more
attracted to the glitz and
glamour of the Big Ap-
ple. New York City is the
perfect location for those
looking for something
different from the usual
student-infested, boozy
"I want to experience a
big city and all the things
everyone always says
about New York City,"
LSA sophomore Alice
Hou said. "I plan on vis-
iting Times Square, go
shopping and experience
the NYC nightlife:"

Finally: It's the time of the year
when we say our farewells to the
cold weather, even if only for a
short-lived amount of time.
will take
luxury trips
to Flori-
da, where
they'll be
waited on
at the best
hotel money
can buy as
BRAD they lie in
WHIPPLE bed watch-
Daily Weekend ing televi-
Columnist sion. Other
students will
gather with friends to take that
long dreamt-of trip to Las vegas or
Mexico, not wanting to get out of
bed in the morning for otherrea-
sons - hope you youngsters like
orange juice.
As for me, springbreak has been
very low key the past two years.
The last time I truly kicked hack
and made the most of my weeklong
mentalbreak was2012, when Iwent
to visit my sister, who had just grad-
uated from Arizona State University
and was still living in Scottsdale.
For me, this trip represented
everything good about springbreak
and whyitissuch anecessaryhiatus
My sister picked me up and
brought mebackto her place. Forget
my family, because there was one
thing on my mind: March Madness.
As my sister's hoyfriend pan-
icked at halftime - Kansas was
thought the best course of action
was to chow down at Buffalo Wild
Wings. Well, it might have failed
the Tarheels in their 80-67 loss
that brought John's head crashing
down on the table, but that's totally
fine. we visited oregano's after-
wards to eat some gaucatoni, pizza

bread covered in a guacamole and
avocado dip.
Whether or not you're easing
the failure of your March bracket,
eating is central to the ideal spring
break experience. After working
hard throughout half of the semes-
ter, we deserve to kick back and eat
without guilt. Eat everything in
your path, even if your mom says,
"Your eyes are bigger than your
Later that night, we visited
Tempe Marketplace, full of a vari-
ety of shops. There was a sports
clothing store, restaurants and a
candy shop called "IT'SUGAR,"
full of everything your inner child
desires. By the end of the week,my
checking account had hit an abys-
mal "0." There will be temptation
to buy a souvenir wherever you
go, hut try to limit how much you
actually get Next thing you know,
you're stressed trying to pack it all
in a tiny suitcase.
My sister wisely bought the
game Dirty Minds, "the world's
cleanest dirty game." You're sup-
posed to guess a clean and appro-
priate wordbased off of dirty clues.
It gets interesting, but also a little
weird if you're playing with your
sister and her boyfriend.
The rest of the trip went exactly
as expected. I spent a lot of quality
time with my sister, who I rarely
get to see throughout the year, and
finally got her into the "The Walk-
ing Dead" (she now thanks me after
initial resistance). This is the last
greatest thing ahout spring hreak,
and any hreak for that matter. You
get to spend valued time away
from school with your family and
This springhbreak, getcyour work
done early and enjoy the rest of it
The week will go by fast and you'll
be back in the home-stretch for
another two monthsbefore you can
take a break one more time.

to try over

So you're not lucky enough to
travel to Mexico or even take a
weekend trip to Chicago over
the break. No fear! The Daily
is here with plenty of options
for those of you who choose to
relax on your parents' couch or
in the sanctuary of your Hill
Street abode for the next week.
On your Staycation:
1. Watch the first season of
"Orange is the New Black"
With the Season 2 premiere
just around the corner, use your
spring break to catch up on this
popular Netflix drama. As an
added bonus, there are exactly
enough episodes in the first sea-
son to watch one episode a day
for the whole break.
2. Spend one day sorting
through old clothes
It's almost spring, and you
may have accumulated a lot of
things you don't need over the
past few months. Sort thorough
your old clothes and donate
what you don't need - fun,
relaxing and charitable! Every-
one could use a little spring
3. Attend a cultural event in
your city
Chances are you've been very
busy this semester and haven't
had time to see many cultural
events. Find an interesting
event in your city and attend
with friends or family. Hang-
time is a great resource to find
events in your area.
4. Brush up on your foreign
language skills
Forgetting all the Spanish
you learned in high school?
Finding it increasingly difficult
to hold a conversation in a lan-
guage you used to be fluent in?
Buy the Rosetta Stone program
and brush up your reading,
writing and vocab in almost no
time. Or if you're strapped for

cash, download some music in
the foreign language of your
choice and sing along.
5. Read a classic book
If SparkNotes is the only
thing you ever read in high
school and you feel like you
missed out on classic Ameri-
can literature, revisit those
old reading lists and spend the
week with an English teacher-
approved novel. The best part
is many classics - ranging from
Jane Austen to Jules Verne -
are available to download for
free on Kindle.
- Maya Kalman

Institute of Art or the numer-
ous restaurants and bakeries in
Mexican Town. If you decide to
make the venture on Saturday,
don't miss Eastern Market, the
historic six-block long farmer's
market in the heart of the city.
The market, which has been
around since 1891, hosts over
250 different local vendors.
4. Enroll in a workout class
at the CCRB
The CCRB is hosting vari-
ous workout sessions all week,
which students can join for $5
each. Classes include vinyasa,
Pilates, Zumba and more.

5. Volunteer at the Arb on
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1. Partake in a poetry work-
shop and slam competition
The Neutral Zone and
InsideOut are hosting the event,
Michigan Louder Than a Bomb
Competition, where you can
learn and practice poetry in a
group setting on March 1st. The
event will begin in the morning
at the UGLi with various poetry
workshops and end in the eve-
ning with a poetry slam at the
Neutral Zone.
2. Go cross-country skiing in
the Arb
Cross country skiing is a
great way get out of the house
and enjoy the beautiful winter
weather. But don't fret if you're
not traveling to a ski resort over
break - there's plenty of win-
ter sporting opportunities right
here in Ann Arbor. You can rent
cross-country skis and boots at
Sun and Snow, located on W.
Stadium Blvd.
3. Take a day trip to Detroit
There are so many interest-
ing places to visit in Detroit
and Spring Break can be a
great time to learn more about
the city. A few places you may
want to visit include the Detroit

Nichols Arboretum hosts
an Eco-Restoration workday
twice a month during which
volunteers can learn about the
natural areas in Ann Arbor
while helping restore the natu-
ral landscape. This is a great
opportunity to give back to your
community during your break.
The event lasts from 9 a.m. to
12 p.m.
- Adam Glanzman
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