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Guide to surviving Australia if the snakes, spiders, and sharks don’t get you first

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Sydney by KD Harbeck2 Comments

Well… umm… Tips? The semester is wrapping up and I have no idea but that is okay. I went to Australia completely unprepared (disregarding all of New York University’s pre-semester abroad tips. Whoops, Sorry) but have had a great time and anyone who has the opportunity should go for it! I guess one piece of advice would actually contradict with …

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I’m living with “Situational Acquaintances”

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 12. Strangers, Sydney by KD HarbeckLeave a Comment

The idea that at one point all the relationships each of us have with one another all started at square one – strangers is numbing in a way. Every person has the potential to become one of the “most important person” in someone’s life. On top of this, there is Frigyes Karinthy’s six degree of separation theory. That states that …

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“I wish I was Aboriginal says no white person ever

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Sydney by KD HarbeckLeave a Comment

For this assignment, I read Tracks by Robyn Davidson. This book perfectly illustrates the relationship, past and present, between white Westerns and the Aboriginal people, and feminism. To expand on this I will provide a very brief overview of the book. Tracks is a memoir about Davidson, twenty-six years old, nine-month trek across Australia in 1977. For this 2,825km walk, …

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Don’t like the Prime Minister? Wait a minute.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Sydney by KD Harbeck3 Comments

The NYU Sydney Orientation week seminars along with my Global Media class has done a great job informing me about the recent political landscape in Australia. The political landscape here in Australia is very interesting, especially in recent years. Unlike America, Australia is still associated with Great Britain. While America has a president, Australia is still under the rule of …