Things To Do in Santa Barbara

by Shari Dragonja, Germany

Santa Barbara Zoo

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500 Ninos Dive

The Zoo in Santa Barbara is not the biggest Zoo, but it is really pretty. There are over 600 animals located in the Zoo, which you can feed and have fun with. For adults it is $17 per day and for children it is $10. I’ve been there with my friends and I really enjoyed my time there.

Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden
1007 Mission Canyon Road

This park/ garden is about 26 hectares large. There are over 1000 species of rare and indigenous plants. There are a lot of ways to walk through the garden which you can use to enjoy the nature. The best thing is that it is free, so you don’t have to pay to enter the park and spend your free time there.

Arroyo Burro Beach

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2981 Cliff Drive

This is a beautiful beach in Santa Barbara, the best place to watch the sunset and have dinner. There is a gorgeous restaurant where you can have dinner and a good time. The name of the restaurant is “Boathouse”. If you want to take your dog with you, you are allowed to do this. When I watched the sunset with my friends while we had dinner, I was really impressed. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Stearns Wharf

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217 Stearns Wharf

The Pier in Santa Barbara is really pretty. There are a lot of stores and restaurants where you can spend time. It is also a good spot for taking pictures. If you are lucky you can see dolphins and see dogs. I spend a lot of time with my friends there and we always enjoy to be there.

Arlington Theatre

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1317 State Street

The Arlington is one of the biggest theatres in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place in this theatre. While this film festival you can see a lot of celebrities and EF students are able to work at the festival as a volunteer. It is really beautiful in the inside and the architecture is amazing. Every Tuesday there is a discount where you can watch movies for less money.

Paseo Nuevo

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651 Paseo Nuevo

This Mall is the best place to spend your evening. There are a lot of stores, like Victoria’s Secret or Footlocker. If you want to take a break, there are a lot of restaurants where you can rest. I love it to spend time after school there and just go window shopping.

Rattlesnake Canyon Park

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Gibraltar Road

This is the best place to go hiking and be active. The hiking trail is about 3 to 5 miles and when you climb the mountain you have a beautiful view over Santa Barbara. You can enjoy nature and take beautiful pictures. I love go hiking and spend my free time in nature, so it is a good way to do some exercise and do something what you like.

Nightlife in Santa Barbara

There are two clubs that are the best in Santa Barbara where you can go and spend your night out. If you want to enter the EOS club, you have to be 21+. For Velvet Jones you have to be 18+. You can go there with your friends on Friday nights and have a good time. In my opinion the best time to go there is on Friday nights. The DJ is really good and everybody have a good time.

Restaurants

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State Street

On State Street there are a lot of restaurants where you can get some really good food. The price depends from restaurant to restaurant, so you can get some tasty food for less money. There are a lot of different restaurants, so you have a lot of choices. I prefer “California Pasta”, because the have a lot of different food and it is really good.

Farmers Market

State Street Farmers Market
600 State Street

This market is a good place to buy healthy and fresh food. The have fresh vegetables, fruit and other things to buy, like flowers or herbs. It is every Tuesday at 4 pm in downtown on State Street. You have a lot of choices to buy a variety of organic food.

The Life at EF Santa Barbara

By Diane de Molinari (Belgium)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a7iyvhfkjm4ia9o/EF%20Santa%20Barbara.mp4?dl=0

 

 

My video about the life at EF Santa Barbara

I made a video about the life here, at EF Santa Barbara, to show you, future EF students or parents, how SB is a real paradise.

I have been here for 3 weeks and I am leaving this beautiful place on Saturday, to go to Miami for one month more.

I think one month is the perfect duration to stay here. As you can see in my video, you can do a lot of things here and you never get bored.

I stayed in the residence and I can tell you that the environment there is very good. Everything is very organized and always clean. I have a lot of friends who are in host families, like you saw in my video, and I think that it is very different than the residence, but that is also good for your learning and to discover the Californian culture.

During the weekends, and sometimes in the week, there are different activities. You can do activities with or without EF. Personally, I went to Camarillo, which is a big outlet with a lot of brands, and I also went Jet Skiing. It was very beautiful and so fun to do it. There are a lot of different aquatic animals in Santa Barbara!

The meals at the residence’s restaurant are always very different and delicious, both breakfasts and dinners.

In the residence like in host families there are some rules like that you have to be in your room at 10pm but it is not really boring because you do so much things during the day so you are very tired in the evening that you want to sleep!

The EF teachers are very cool. It is not like your teacher at your school, there are so cool here and sometimes they just ask you what you want to do, like more grammar or more vocabulary and they understand you so that is really great.

I think that to go away from your family and friends for 2 months is a beautiful experience which teaches you a lot of things. This is the kind of experience which grows you up and which teaches you to be independent.

So if you are hesitating to book a trip with EF, just do it, you will not regret it.

Diane de Molinari, in Santa Barbara since the 30th July until the 26th August 2017.

iMADONNARI – ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

By Romina Wicki, Switzerland

Beautiful street art, glorious atmosphere, delicious food and volunteer work to a benefit Children’s Creative Project; this is the iMadonnari Street Painting Festival. This festival is once a year and a really popular event for children and adults. In this article I will give you an impression of what this festival looks like.

 

At the Old Mission in Santa Barbarathe Madonnari (ital. street artist) festival took place for three days . The area in front of the Mission became during these days colorful by the work from street artists. Only with chalk the artists created beautiful pictures on the floor. The pictures are as different as the artists. Some of them are Christian figures but there are also nature impressions or portraits. This Italian festival is a benefit  project for the Children’s Creative Project, which is a nonprofit art education program. More than 50,000 children and over 100 schools are supported by this project.

 

Before the festival started, families, companies or a private person could buy a square for an artist. When you bought a square you had to find an artist. This artist started his artwork at the beginning of the Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The artists have time during the festival to finishing their work. With only the use of chalk, the artists accomplish beautiful street art. When the iMadonnari Festival is over; the artworks are still on the ground and disappear when it will rain the next time. It’s also really interesting to visit the Mission after the Street Paining Festival when there aren’t so many people. So you can enjoy the artworks at rest.

 

During the festival a lot of people visit the Mission. It’s a really popular event in Santa Barbara and the near area. Adults and children visit this festival and enjoy their time. The atmosphere in front of the Mission is busy. People observe the artist, marvel the street art, discuss the impressive work, enjoy the good weather and spend time in the park next to the Mission.

Next to the Mission, you had also the possibility to engage the other senses. There was an authentic Italian market and supplies for the street art paintings. A lot of voluntary workers spoiled the visitors with delicious food. For the appetite there was a great choice of Italian food, drinks and desserts. You could enjoy pizzas, Italian sausage, seafood and gelato (Italian ice cream). So you could enjoy your meal in the park with local live music.


My impressions:
I was a voluntary worker at the Madonnari Festival and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The people were in a good mood and the artwork was extremely impressive. It was a great experience and a lot of fun to volunteer with classmates and local people. This was a joyful day with some new and interesting impressions. I’m so happy that I was there.

 

Events in Santa Barbara

By Abdulmajeed ALfrayan.  Saudi Arabia

Santa Barbara- Parks& Recreation events:

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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Is an event to enjoy your time to give your lives more experience. There are a lot of people selling new things and they’re made in home. You can go there with your family to see new things and learn new culture.

 

Relaxing under the sun:

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In this picture we can see the people sitting under the sun and enjoying the time. Here you can chat with everyone because it’s public and there are a lot of people who come for relaxing and enjoying themselves.

 

There are some small competitions for the kids:

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There is jogging contest for the kids and there are small gifts for the winners and the moms help their children like say good things to them while they running like “you can do it”, “you’re a hero”.

 

 

Firework in the park:

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There are fireworks at the end of the day and it’s so beautiful. Everyone on this day is waiting for this moment to say it because it’s a beautiful view from the park.

 

Party in the park.

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They make a small party in the park to have fun and enjoy in themselves. But this party dose not happen every year in this event so some time it’s there and sometimes not.