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Goodbye Shanghai!

In The Art of Travel, 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 Road Less Traveled

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Shanghai by Brooke2 Comments

China Road by Rob Gifford details one man’s quest on Chinese Route 66, which is 3,000 miles east to west. Going through an umpteenth amount of cities starting with Shanghai and including, Kunshan, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, Anhui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, and the Gobi Desert. Each interaction he has with people along the way is contextualized by an in depth history of …

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My Girl, Guanyin

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

I am currently in a class called Religion and Society in China where, every other week, we collectively hop on a bus and go to a location that has religious significance. Our most recent trip was to the Buddhist Longhua temple. This is also the the trip that I found to be the most beautiful as every room of the …

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

In The Art of Travel, 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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The Soul in Shanghai’s Labyrinth

In The Art of Travel, 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, 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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Finding Comfort (Or Lack Thereof)

In The Art of Travel, 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, …