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Goodbye Shanghai!

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 15. Farewells, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

There is much to talk about in terms of reflecting on my experiences in Shanghai, both good and bad. However, this experience has fundamentally shifted my values and outlook on life. I think I had one of the most rewarding experiences just this past weekend. For my final project in my journalism class, I had to create a pictorial essay—basically …

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The Chronicles of China: The Dog, The Heir, and The Pocketbook

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 6. Book #1, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

The Dog by Jack Livings is a collection of short stories that epitomize the lives or varied individuals throughout China. I believe Livings wrote these stories for an American audience as they play with common themes and stereotypes that are often verbalized in American society. For example, the very first short story that Livings presents us with is titled “The …

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Getting a Seat on the Subway Has Been the Most Golden Part About This Week

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

As I elbow my way through a throng of people, practically get pushed down the stairs just to barely make it on to the overflowing subway and have my nose touching the glass window, I knew it was Golden Week in Shanghai. Golden Week begins on October 1st and it’s to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, …

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The Soul in Shanghai’s Labyrinth

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 4. The Spirit of Place, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

“The great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not too much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly—but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling, that mysterious sense of rapport, of identity with the ground”—Lawrence Durrell, “Landscape and Character”. I can not tell you the …

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Finding Myself in the Chaotic Crossroads of Pudong

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

“A good environmental image gives its possessor an important sense of emotional security… this is the obverse of the fear that comes with disorientation” (Kevin Lynch). The past few weeks, navigating my way through Shanghai, have proven that my emotional security and my environmental image are very much entwined. There have been many moments where my Google map has failed …

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Learning to Communicate Through Every Coffee Order I Place

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 2. Communicating, Shanghai by Brooke2 Comments

After a week and a half of living in Shanghai and taking Chinese classes, the only words I feel comfortable saying is hello and thank you… and I even worry I pronouncing those wrong. I walk in confidently to a coffee shop saying “Ni Hao,” a smile spreads across the barista’s face and I can almost see her thought process. …

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Finding Comfort (Or Lack Thereof)

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

After studying abroad last semester and seamlessly transitioning into Czech society, I personally believed I would never experience ‘culture shock’. However, the bank teller who saw me break down into tears two days ago can attest that I had, yet again, jumped to a false conclusion. The days leading up to my bank break down had been inundated with miscommunication, …