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See you soon, Sydney

In The Art of Travel, 15. Farewells, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

This week, as people begin to pack up their things and head for Sydney Airport, unsure of when they’ll return again, I can’t help but feel quite sad. Suddenly, I’m not ready to return to New York. There’s still so much here for me to do and see. I think the worst part about studying at Sydney is that once …

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Embrace the differences

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Sydney by FalynnLeave a Comment

The past few weeks, my friends and I have been discussing the strange feeling we’re all experiencing. It is a combination of happiness and sadness, satisfaction and regret, eagerness and hesitation. Studying abroad has this effect because of the unique opportunity you have to actually live in a place, but not for very long at all. It seems that right …

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Giving thanks to new friends

In The Art of Travel, 13. Thanksgiving, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

As the days led up to Thanksgiving, I was reminded of an instance that occurred at the very beginning of the semester. The NYU Sydney cohort was sat in the auditorium of our academic building as the staff went over introductory information, including our schedule of events for the next four months. “What about Thanksgiving?” asked one student as the …

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He’s got my back

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

One really great thing I’ve noticed about Sydney is that there is very minimal catcalling that goes on in the streets. I remember the first week, noticing all of the construction going on the main street of Sydney, my path to class from my apartment. I cringed as I got closer, just waiting for one of the workers to inevitably …

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Beware of Bali Belly

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Sydney by Falynn2 Comments

For Fall Break, my suitemates and I decided to make our way over to Bali, a beautiful tropical island that gets flooded with Australian tourists multiple times throughout the year. The first legs of our trip were spent separately in various parts of Australia. Since we had spent the first few days exploring Australia plus traveling to the island takes …

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An Extremely Stubborn Bubble

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Prior to coming to Sydney, I had heard from friends who had visited some of the other Study Away sites that this ‘bubble’ existed. Students often find that the places in which they live and study in these cities through NYU somehow close them off from the true city they are visiting. This is something I kept in mind when …

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Facing the Fences

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Considering that today is Columbus Day in America and that we’ve been discussing the topic of discrimination in my course Multicultural Counselling, the similar beginnings of Australia and the United States has definitely been on my mind. On the surface, it comes across that there is unity between the Aboriginal people of Australia and the other settled inhabitants. and equality …

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Vote Yes

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Since the day I entered Sydney, I heard talk on the news, radio, in restaurants, anywhere and everywhere about Australia’s Marriage Equality Postal Survey. At the moment, same-sex marriage is still illegal in Australia. This definitely surprises me, considering that the areas of Australia that I have seen or heard of are relatively laid back and socially progressive. Also, there …

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An Unexpected Underground

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Falynn2 Comments

I learned quite quickly that Sydney is a pretty straight forward city. Larger streets run north and south, like George Street, and smaller ones run east and west. Although not so grid-like, Sydney’s streets are similar to those of New York in that there’s a pretty clear path and direction. Something I didn’t know, but realized through exploring, is that …