Walking with a friend on the steep streets up above the Claremont Hotel last night we chanced upon the neighborhood llamas taking their evening passeggiata.

I am told the llamas reside on Vicente Road, hardly the bucolic idyll one imagines for these exotic creatures. But no doubt they have a good life there. We’ve seen three out before, but yesterday there was just a pair of them, and they were looking a little frisky, keeping their walkers on their toes.

A woman also out on a stroll turned to her companion and asked, “Are we really in Berkeley?” To which the answer can only be, “Where else could you possibly be?”

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...