Alexandra G

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Chau, querido

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Going home is always so strange. Whether I have a great or terrible time, for me, it’s still strange. If the time passed wasn’t so great, I think, “I should’ve given it another chance. I should’ve taken advantage of everything.” If the time passed was great, I think, “I’ll miss it.” Going home is so strange because I never really …

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Roughing It

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Warning: long and strange post. “It was rough” pretty much became the immediate response to questions about our fall break trip to Bolivia. From the very get-go, the booking of our 10 day long adventure was far more different from the way that I have normally organized weekend getaways or vacations. We booked our round trip flights from Buenos Aires …

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Understanding Argentina

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Although Nicolas Shumway’s The Invention of Argentina does not explain what it is like to travel through Argentina or even really give a representation of the country, it most definitely can help contribute to the understanding of this very strange but vibrant country. Throughout my travels, I’ve run into many other foreign travelers who don’t really know anything about the …

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Contemporary Issues through Art

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Lo normal (1978) – Mónica Mayer I have been to the MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires, various times. The current exhibit is called Verboamérica. The exhibit has a very strong focus on violence, exclusion and the denial and oppression of certain identities throughout Latin America. It is curated in a way that divides the different types of …

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Personal Thoughts on Travel 2.0

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

In the past three years alone, I have experienced very different types of traveling. I’ve been on family vacations in big resorts, I’ve lived abroad in two different countries for a year at a time, I’ve spent summers visiting family, I’ve done various road trips including from Connecticut to New Mexico, I’ve travelled with friends only from hostel to hostel, …

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Find your Patagonia.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

It is so very surprising, but so stunning to me, how little travel in Argentina has changed since the 60s and 70s. Bruce Chatwin, a British travel writer, published In Patagonia in 1977. His descriptions of Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Argentine people, Argentine mentality, immigrants and even methods and means of travel are so very similar to what I have currently …

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A Contradicting View on Immigration

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Argentina, much like the United States, a country founded by immigration. The Spaniards that settled and established the country of Argentina are technically to be considered immigrants. From the moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I quickly learned that Argentina struggles with the idea of native vs. foreign, home vs. abroad, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism. Unfortunately, I find the city and …

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In the Hands of Activists

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Buenos Aires is home to so many people. It is home to immigrants, party-goers, intellectuals, craftsmen/women, indigenous peoples, old and new money, the youth and the elderly. Buenos Aires is a city for every type of person. Something that I truly think most porteños have in common is their political awareness. They are so “woke” here, more than anywhere that …

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Plaza Serrano

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Plaza Serrano is a small square located in the “chic” shopping neighborhood of Palermo Soho. On weekends, Plaza Serrano is not just a square of casual coffee and lemonade, but turns into an outdoor market. The sun is beaming and directly overhead. The center of the square (that is actually a rectangle that somehow still functions as a rotary) is …