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Quand on a peur, on doit travail.

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Paris by Zoya0 Comments

As someone who is frequently absent minded and possesses a hopelessly poor sense of direction, one can imagine how often I find myself in unfortunate situations. There’s been many times where I’ve lost my way down a seemingly simple and straightforward path. There’s been many times where I’ve taken the train going the opposite direction, realizing my mistake only after …

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A Girl in a Gallery

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Florence by Alexandra L0 Comments

Another influx of tourists gather around the Botticelli, snapping photos with DSLRs and iPhones, before promptly moving on to the next room. The waves of people are constant on a busy afternoon like today, although not as bad as in the summer time. I hover near the wall on the opposite side of the room of famed pieces like the …

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A typical day

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G0 Comments

Her alarm has been going off every fifteen minutes for the past two hours, how does she not hear it? How is she not awake? How can someone be so tired? It’s eleven o’clock and she shuffles into the bathroom with her eyes half open as if it were five AM. She’s lived with me for almost seven months now …

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Guide to surviving Australia if the snakes, spiders, and sharks don’t get you first

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Sydney by KD Harbeck0 Comments

Well… umm… Tips? The semester is wrapping up and I have no idea but that is okay. I went to Australia completely unprepared (disregarding all of New York University’s pre-semester abroad tips. Whoops, Sorry) but have had a great time and anyone who has the opportunity should go for it! I guess one piece of advice would actually contradict with …

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If You Were Spending a Semester on a Desert Island…

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Abu Dhabi by Raven2 Comments

You’ve poured over the NYU Global Study Planner site, you’ve tracked down the sites that offer your required courses, and you’ve carefully mapped out your next few semesters. You’ve been practically hit over the head with promotions of the “global campus experience,” being a “citizen of the world,” and the NYU-sanctioned messaging of diversity across the GNU. Your Instagram and …

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A Creature of Habit

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Abu Dhabi by Raven0 Comments

The girl with the dark crazy curls comes bouncing into the Library Café where I work. I say bouncing in quite a literal sense, as she always seems a little too excited for someone who hasn’t had her coffee yet. Her energy is verging on a safety hazard in this tiny café lined with tea pots and fragile vases. On …

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So Many Cameras?

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Paris by Anna L0 Comments

This girl just rushed passed me and stopped a few feet afterward, pulling out her camera and pointing it in a bunch of different directions. She’s wearing this thin white shirt and athletic shorts that have dirt all over the back. Her sneakers are white like they used to be. A pair of sunglasses teeter on the top of her …

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Having a Moment

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Prague by Mimi1 Comment

I hear a tinny jingle and look up from my counter to see a girl coming through the door. I’ve seen her before – brown and bespectacled, usually toting an enormous red and black backpack that she is constantly apologizing for after she inevitably sideswipes someone with it. I watch her grand entrance with amusement. Her eyes always look around …

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Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Florence by Jordyn Jay1 Comment

I don’t know much about her, but it’s not every day that a black trans woman walks into your restaurant in Florence, Italy. She’s about 6 feet tall with lots of piercings and hair that goes down to her butt. She is definitely American. The first time she came here, she knew no Italian. Didn’t even know what Buena sera …

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Who Is She?

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Tel Aviv by Momachi2 Comments

If I could describe her in one word, I would say: contradictory. She is bubbling with enthusiasm for new initiatives and entrepreneurial ventures, but also filled with a frustration that drives her away and towards, as necessary. Sometimes, she challenges the status quo, and asserts her perspective as she finds necessary. Other times, she takes a back seat as she …

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Tips on Tips on Tips

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Buenos Aires by Matthew G1 Comment

The reality is, NYU Buenos Aires is incredibly insular.  While it is so incredibly convenient that NYU carefully drops us into one of our many abroad sites–where we pay the same price, take classes that transfer back to our home campus, and have access to the same resources–it comes with some drawbacks.  The first, you are constantly surrounded by other …

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Their Eyes Were Watching … Me

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Prague by Mimi0 Comments

Eyeballs. That’s all I seen as I walk into the room. 50 eyeballs, all in a range of colors – blue, brown, hazel. Different sizes and shapes, but one thing in common – they’re all staring straight at me. They’re just kids, they said. How hard can it be, they said. Gulp. Apparently, my anxiety for public speaking exists even …

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Trump double trouble; N.Y.U. roiled by crackdowns

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

The Villager: New York University is facing a dire Donald Trump double whammy. On the one hand, many of its foreign Muslim students are feeling unsettled and confused amid the president’s “travel ban” on certain Muslim-majority countries. Meanwhile, undocumented students at N.Y.U. are racked with anxiety over the new president’s crackdown on immigrants. The two issues blur together into one …

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Your life on a map — a Toronto cartographer turned artist is doing it

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

Metro Toronto: An impossible map hangs on Andrew Alfred-Duggan’s wall. From a distance, it’s familiar, the colour and markings akin to your standard city map. But if the scale is to be believed, Toronto’s Union Station is a stop away from Paris’ Abbesses metro station and Collingwood looks out over Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the midst of the …

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The Best Places to Walk in Paris

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

New York Times: In her new book, “Flâneuse,” Lauren Elkin expands the concept of the flâneur — that aristocratic bohemian man strolling the city streets, possibly with a top hat or some other touch of the dandy — to include women wanderers from Virginia Woolf to Sophie Calle (one of whose works will be featured in “Person of the Crowd: …

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How Trump Has Taken Away Our Homes

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

The New York Times, By MASHA GESSEN and MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: We wrote this together because we have a few things in common. Some are obvious: Both of us came to the United States as teenagers fleeing Communist regimes; both of us are queer. We are also both moved alternately to tears and to rage by the actions of the new …

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My Paris: Seduced by the Past

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

The New York Times: The streets of the Marais are narrow enough in some places that sunlight pierces the shadowy canyons between its soaring Renaissance-era buildings for just a few hours a day. At night the lanes take on a mysterious, medieval air when streetlamps sputter to life, casting a sheen on timeworn turrets, carved doors and stone mansions. Slip …

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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

In extra, News, SOP News by Prof0 Comments

PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

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

NY Times: Just over half of America, having voted for Hillary Clinton, awoke the next morning to a country that seems not only unfamiliar but upside-down. Populists embrace a celebrity billionaire, evangelicals welcome a foul-mouthed Lothario, conservatives accept an opportunist whose only ideological commitment is to himself. The Republican establishment proves helpless against the hijacking of the party, the mainstream …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

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

The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

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

Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …

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