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“Pink Coat”

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 12. Strangers, Paris by Clara1 Comment

This was a hard call. I feel fortunate to have interacted with so many cool and interesting people in my time here. While the conversations are usually short and rarely recurring, it’s been nice to have the opportunity to get to know a cross section of the diverse Parisian population. But one of the people who stood out most in …

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Travel TMI

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 11. Travails, Paris by Clara3 Comments

While my time in Paris has had its ups and downs, I must say I’ve been pretty lucky to have avoided anything truly traumatic. I haven’t been robbed, although I have had my wallet returned to me several times. I’ve gotten homesick, but my mom is coming to visit next week. All in all I can’t complain. However, the events …

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L’Oeuvre au Noir: Haute Couture Meets Sculpture

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Uncategorized, Paris by ClaraLeave a Comment

I’ve found one of the best parts of people coming to visit is how much their interests force me out of my comfort zone and exploring aspects of the city I probably would not have otherwise. This past weekend, my boyfriend came to visit from New York where he studies design at Parsons. He was excited for exploring the Marais …

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“My Bubble is a Trampoline” and Other Lies I Tell Myself

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Paris by Clara2 Comments

Upon first arriving in Paris, I quickly fell in love with my neighborhood. From the corner cafes to the independent bookstores to the quirky bars, I felt I could never exhaust it all. However, three months in to my semester, I’ve realized that I’ve been holding on to the République area like a security blanket. Ironically, one of the things …

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Travel 2.0: How Many Yelp Screenshots is Too Many?

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Clara2 Comments

One benefit of having no idea what I’m doing with my Gallatin concentration is that I’ve taken classes in A LOT of different fields, including several in technology, identity, and communication. As a result, I’ve had, as my mom would put it, a “come to Jesus” with my borderline neurotic relationship to my phone. I’m not proud of this mind …

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Looking for Benoît in a Sea of Johns: Navigating Elections in the Age of Social Media Frenzy

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Clara2 Comments

Despite having lived in Paris for almost a month, I’m afraid to admit I’m still quite politically ill informed. However, I have managed to misinform myself quite expertly. I thought John Hamon was running for president. Turns out, John Hamon just a street artist who’s displayed over a thousand posters of his face around Paris over the course of fifteen …