Daniel McElroy

Daniel is a third-year student at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he is concentrating in Theatre & Politics. He is currently studying and living in Madrid, Spain while working with the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR). He has also studied in the world's best city, London, has travelled extensively in Europe and doesn't know when he'll ever return home—a concept which is very confusing now anyway.

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The day I finally learned to say ‘Oh, well’

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Misadventure by Daniel McElroy2 Comments

Travelling has almost always gone smoothly for me. More than smoothly, in fact. I’ve been away from home for nearly 11 months now, and rarely has anything not gone as planned, or even as scheduled. That being said… everyone has some travel horror story and I certainly have mine. I won’t lie, this one time was stressful and really upsetting …

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Living Spain through poetry

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Books (2) by Daniel McElroy1 Comment

As I’ve said plenty of times before on this blog, Spain is a country built on contradiction. Almost nothing is what you would expect—sometimes charmingly so, and sometimes in the most frustrating of ways. And sometimes the unexpected is simply important to observe. Eye-opening even. I displace the air as I walk, a blunt yet thoughtful book of poetry by Marjorie …

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Ode to the driving loafer

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Style by Daniel McElroy1 Comment

I think we’re all fairly well acquainted with the stereotype that European men typically dress better than their American counterparts. From clothes that actually fit properly to more effort than just a t-shirt and jeans (unless the look is intentional), the men of this continent have their style figured out. I’ve been making this observation to different degrees as I’ve …

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Authenticity and the internet

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Travel 2.0 by Daniel McElroy1 Comment

Travel is always about discovering. To some extent, everyone who travels anywhere is trying to discover something new—they want a change of scenery or a change of culture or a change of pace. Obviously, however, travel today looks very different from travel fifty years ago and even ten years ago, because our methods and options for discovery change drastically with …

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Country of contradictions

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Books (1), Madrid by Daniel McElroyLeave a Comment

Spain is a country full of contradictions, variety and opinionated people; its relatively tiny area is well past saturated with all of those things, which can make exploring the country for a visitor—or even a short-term resident—quite the daunting task. How do you get to feel like you ‘know’ Spain, when ‘Spain’ itself is not easy to understand, and even …

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Regular chaos, or Homestays are the best

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Routine, Madrid by Daniel McElroyLeave a Comment

If living in a homestay means one thing, it’s routine, routine, routine. When you move into a family’s home you’re also moving directly into their lives and their routines, which are likely going to be a bit more consistent than most university students, and which they probably aren’t going to change for your sake. Sometimes this is awesome, and sometimes …