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Where Restlessness Goes

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by KianaLeave a Comment

Yesterday, I returned from a trip through Patagonia, which I appropriately accompanied with the novel In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin. The novel is a first-person account of Chatwin’s journey through Patagonia to find the old skin of a sloth, a piece reminiscent of his grandmother and his childhood. In Chatwin’s words, “Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked …

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Tale of Two Lenses

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I love The Lonely Planet. Before any trip I’ve ever had, I’ve searched their website for a city guide, and if they haven’t had it, I’ve unenthusiastically gone to TripAdvisor. Travel 2.0 has helped my life, and even The Lonely Planet and Google Maps leaves me lost in paradise. What I find more impactful is the role of social media …

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The Undocumented

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

When I was younger, I loved to write my name in the sand whenever I went to the beach. It was a ballet performance of seashores and Mom-did-you-see-me’s. With one big toe, I’d scribble the A-S-H in childish cursive; I’d elegantly exaggerate the L-E to encapsulate miniature seashells in each; and with a final pointe I’d twirl the Y, tracing …

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My ex-friend Yelp

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Besides eating at a restaurant, another important activity closely relevant is to find a restaurant. But how do I find a restaurant? The way I usually did before was to ask for recommendation. There were always people around me who have tried really good restaurants so I simply asked them. Most of the time they would tell you what they …

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Coffee, Bon App, and Mr. Bean: One Girl’s Attempt to Have It All

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Shanghai by Rachel2 Comments

“Life is a difficult challenge for Mr. Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.” — IMDB There is a commonly used Yelp-like app in China called “Bon App,” a punny play on the French phrase bon appetit. …

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Cheesed off: Amsterdam to curb tourist shops amid visitor influx

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Amsterdam is banning new shops targeting tourists in the city’s historic centre in the latest attempt to reclaim it for residents. The city government announced on Thursday that ticket shops, bike rental companies, cheese shops and other retailers or attractions catering mainly or exclusively for tourists would be prevented from opening in parts of the Centre district. The number of …

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NYU Professor Says He Can’t Teach at Abu Dhabi Campus

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An associate professor of journalism at New York University said United Arab Emirate officials denied him the requisite security clearance he needed to teach at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi this fall for reasons that he believes are related to his religion. The university acknowledged that two of its faculty were recently denied visas to teach at the Abu Dhabi campus, but …

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How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information

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The New York Times: You don’t have to like Twitter or Facebook, or even post to them, but when an emergency strikes, the networking sites can be essential travel tools. As Hurricane Maria neared the Caribbean this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used Twitter to disseminate shelter information. And when a powerful earthquake rocked Mexico on Tuesday, the State …

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Italy vs. the tourists

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People have been complaining about “the tourists” in Florence for at least a century, but crowds and their behaviour keep getting worse, not better. This year, city administrations are taking action. But is there any way to reverse the trend? November may be rainy here, but it’s a fast walker’s paradise. The streets, devoid of tourists, take back their medieval …

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Autumn 2017 exhibitions in Italy

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The Florentine: From Van Gogh in Vicenza to Caravaggio in Milan, Picasso in Genoa and Monet in Rome, autumn in Italy will be packed with major exhibitions. The season will begin on September 9 with a show titled “Advertising! The Birth of Modern Communication, 1890-1957” at Fondazione Magnani Rocca, near Parma, and with an exhibition on the legendary gems of …

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The Role of Artists in Gentrification: Linking the Art World to Resistance Movements

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Nonprofit Quarterly: Becky Amato, NYU’s associate director of Civic Engagement Initiatives at the Gallatin School, sums it up: “There’s an unconscious collaboration between artists interested in living in gentrifying cities, and the market forces and developers who benefit from them.” Still, Moskowitz concludes, “anti-gentrification activists say artists can work against the process that turns their lives and work into policies …

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Berlin Art Week

In Berlin News, News, Art of Travel News by Prof

Berlin Art Week is a highlight on the contemporary art calendar in the German capital. For the sixth time, the Berlin art world will be hosting exhibition openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events during the week. The rich variety of this fall program is made possible by the joint collaboration of institutions, galleries, artist, collectors, …

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The World’s Largest Street Art Museum Is Opening in Berlin

In Berlin News, News, Art of Travel News by Prof

Condé Nast Traveler: The five-story indoor-outdoor museum features 100 artists and is completely free. Berlin is to street art what Paris is to cafes and Amsterdam is to canals. Long known as the most “bombed” (or, “tagged”) city in Europe, the UNESCO City of Design is home to the world’s longest open-air gallery, a barrage of mind-blowing murals splashed across …

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Blog on ThisIsNYU

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Students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots.  You can sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU (on Tumbler) during your time away.  Not only will others benefit from your recommendations, but this is a great way to document and share your experience with family and friends.  To get started or to …

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New Regulations Mean Rude Shanghai Taxi Drivers Can Be Fined

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Shanghai Expat: Shanghai’s public transport department have introduced new regulations for taxi drivers in the ‘Hai in an effort to improve the city’s taxi industry. Drivers that are impolite and rude will be fined 200 yuan, (which equates to around 99% of cab drivers here). Other guidelines were posted on the department’s official WeChat account yesterday, which include requiring vehicles …

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36 Hours in Perugia, Italy

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New York Times: Despite its proximity to the epicenter of last year’s earthquakes in Italy (Perugia suffered no significant damage) and some bad publicity after the Amanda Knox trial, Perugia remains one of the country’s most vibrant and underrated destinations. This is due, in no small part, to the energy of the early 14th-century University of Perugia, one of the oldest universities in Italy. …

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How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better

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New York Times: Forget just taking pictures with your phone’s camera — there are far more creative ways for travelers to use technology to capture memories from their trips, says Dennis Crowley, the co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, a company behind two location apps that have 50 million global users a month. “Between various apps and social media platforms, …

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The U.S. State Department Just Renewed Its Europe Travel Alert

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Condé Nast Traveler: On Thursday, the U.S. State Department has updated its Europe Travel Alert for American citizens. Originally published on May 1, the alert was set to expire on September 1, but was renewed yesterday and extended until November 30. The State Department issued the original alert following terror attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, saying …

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