For (local) Santa Barbara Trip watchers and Experts:
I just learned from my son and his girlfriend (she's editor of an IV magazine) that a lot of Irish young people come over for the summer to stay and play in IV, and this goes back years. Has much to do with the super-low sublet rates, and *atmosphere*. They're expecting it to ramp up a lot this year due to the major currency discrepancy.
Did you know this? I didn't when I went to UCSB. (But then the currency rates were the opposite of what they've been for the last 7-8 years.)
I can remember going on in Trip to the mother of an Irish girl about how everything would be OK when her daughter and friend come to IV this summer. What my son and his girlfriend told me (more than is here) gave me a new perspective. I bet her daughter was miles ahead of her...
I hope Trip allows this thread to stay as it's also a tip that the tourism people might capitalize on.