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Learning about Living

In Art of Travel, Prague, Tips by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

Tips on studying abroad: Pack smart. Bring clothes and shoes that you will actually wear and limit yourself. You’re going to buy things there. Carrying around three large suitcases is difficult and you look pretentious. Spend time with your suitemates. Ask to sit on their beds. Talk about how surprisingly good the bread on this pre-made store-bought sandwich is. Bond. Don’t be …

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Changed Perspective

In Art of Travel, Borders, Prague by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

When I traveled to Italy for spring break, I realized what I had been missing from my experience in Prague. Milan and Florence were my first destinations outside of Central/Eastern Europe and the cultural difference was palpable. From the moment I got off the plane, not knowing any Italian, I was welcomed and assisted by many people in my efforts …

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Second Drawer Down

In Art of Travel, Open, Prague by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

I’ve always held on to things. I’m not necessarily a hoarder, but I could probably fall into that category in some people’s eyes. In the fifth grade we made “time capsules” with letters to our future selves, collages of things that meant a lot to us at the time, and photos. That summer I moved from Long Island to Kentucky …

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An Amazing Journey

In Art of Travel, Florence, Going home by Grace0 Comments

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I met some amazing people and have incredible memories to hold on to. One of the most rewarding parts of this program was to see us all adapt to a new and different culture. Personally, my biggest problem I faced was the language barrier. Once I am home I don’t …

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A Tramp Abroad

In Art of Travel, Books (2), Florence by Grace0 Comments

I feel I can relate to this novel, A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain because Twain bases most of his explanations off observation. As we discussed in our blog posts about observation, this is a key tool in understanding a foreign culture. I think I learned the most about Italian culture by watching the everyday lives of the Florentine locals. …

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Stories About The Country I Love

In Art of Travel, Books (2), Florence by Megan Cutaran0 Comments

For the second reading I chose to read Travelers’ Tales Italy: True Stories by Anne Calcagno. This book is a collection of stories from various authors about their travels in Italy. All of them offer interesting and different perspectives. I chose to read this since by this point I have had the privilege to travel throughout many towns and cities …

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Simplicity.

In Art of Travel, Borders, Florence by Megan Cutaran1 Comment

Italy is the home of a strong culture. There is a certain aura in the air and an essence throughout the cities. They are lively, like the people. They are vivid. Yet there is a feeling of simplicity. Life seems simpler here. People do not seem to have the same cares and worries as they do back in the United …

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Until We Meet Again…

In Art of Travel, Going home, Shanghai by Kayla Olivas0 Comments

122 Days. By the time I return home, that’s how long I can say I’ve lived in Shanghai, China. Sounds like a decent amount of time, right? Eh, sure. But I know one thing for sure… It. Flew. By. This experience has been rewarding in so many ways, I can’t even begin to mention them all. One of the most rewarding …

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Wild Swans

In Art of Travel, Books (2), Shanghai by Kayla Olivas0 Comments

Wild Swans written by Jung Chang, is a novel that tells the life stories of three generations of women. It touches on many different aspects of their lives ranging from struggles they face while living during the Cultural Revolution to issues within their family. The themes of family and male chauvinism were very prominent throughout the novel and, from what …

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Shanghai

In Art of Travel, Exercises in style, Shanghai by Kayla Olivas1 Comment

Shanghai, Shang (上), Hai (海). Literally meaning on the sea. On the sea there’s much to see, Especially when you’re a foreigner like me. NYU, School, That’s what I’m here for. In class but thinking of more, Want to run out the door, To see what else Shanghai has in store. Street, In the city, So many places to go. …

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Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit

In extra, News, SOP News by Prof0 Comments

In a world where taxi rides are summoned with a button and where people have become reliant on mapping applications to get around town, a paradox has emerged: Technology companies know a lot more about a city’s traffic patterns than the city officials trying to solve the problem.On Thursday, the federal Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Sidewalk Labs, …

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Berlin stops Airbnb renting apartments to tourists to protect affordable housing

In Art of Travel News, Berlin News, News by Prof0 Comments

Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.With the help of large fines, the German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedlyBut …

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Infographic: Here’s why living abroad makes you smarter

In Art of Travel News, extra, News by Prof0 Comments

Living abroad is usually pretty damn awesome so it’s not surprising then that so many people across the world choose to do so. Research shows that travel and more specifically living abroad make you smarter, the reasons for which are explained in the following infographic by Work the World. By the end of it, you’ll be convinced to make that big move.  Infographic: Here’s …

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Study Abroad’s Seven Deadly Sins

In Art of Travel News, extra, News by Prof0 Comments

New York Times: We’ve all heard about the purported benefits of study-abroad programs, the most fundamental of which is the opportunity for personal growth. Proponents are often vague about precisely what they mean in this regard, but growth is generally said to be signified by a broadening of perspective, greater adaptability and confidence, and enhanced empathy. Along with having the …

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Even Broke, Mark Twain Traveled in Style

In Art of Travel News, extra, News by Prof0 Comments

In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain embarked on a round-the-world speaking tour to pay his debts. It worked, but what we remember are his funny, acerbic travel notes.  Celebrity perks usually amount to a few comped bottles of champagne or courtside tickets.  A British railway once set aside 35 miles of mountain track in the Himalayas for Mark Twain to …

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Where beauty knows no bounds

In Art of Travel News, extra, News by Prof0 Comments

For photographer Mihaela Noroc, connecting with people (and more specifically, women) is the most important part of travelling.  With her blog The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc photographs women around the world, capturing beauty in all its different forms. “Often, The Atlas of Beauty will take me back to a country I had visited before the project began,”  Noroc said. “But …

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