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My ex-friend Yelp

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Besides eating at a restaurant, another important activity closely relevant is to find a restaurant. But how do I find a restaurant? The way I usually did before was to ask for recommendation. There were always people around me who have tried really good restaurants so I simply asked them. Most of the time they would tell you what they …

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We are all outsiders

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Paris by Howard2 Comments

“We are all outsiders when we travel. Whether we go abroad or roam about our own city or country, we often enter territory so unfamiliar that our frames of reference become inadequate. We need advice not just to avoid offense and danger, but to make our experiences richer, deeper, and more fun.” (James O’Reilly et Larry Habegger) While I opened …

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How will France be?

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Started from the Enlightenment, figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that individual rights could be guaranteed “only by a “social contract” among the citizens, thus suggesting the need for a formal constitution, which at the time neither the English nor the French had”. (Censer and Hunt, 35) Rousseau’s concept of “general will” simultaneously provided the origins of democracy and the …

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How I like being “lost”

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Paris by Howard

Paris is a perfect place to get lost. Unlike New York, where the streets are all organized in easy recognizable grids, Paris has clusters of puzzles in it. When I was in New York, it was always easy for me to find directions. Empire state building guides the north, and World Trade Center leads the south. Here in Paris, Paris …

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“Lost in translation”

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Paris by Howard

English is not my first language. I have been studying English inconsistently for almost 12 years now and I can finally say that I obtain this widely used language. French? The only two words I knew after this whole summer without practicing are “Bonjour” and “Merci”. I knew “ca va” too, but it would not be smart to say that …

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Bonjour from Paris!

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Paris by Howard

Hi! My name is Howard Zheng, currently a sophomore year concentrating in Philosophy and Photography. I’m originally from Shenzhen, China, a large city right next to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, I’m pursuing my passion in the city of light – Paris. I chose Paris for its art culture already engraved and beyond. For my concentration, I anticipate to integrating conceptual photographs …