Maria Alejandra

Maria Alejandra Torres lives in New Jersey, and is a third-year student in Gallatin, concentrating in Empire and Postcolonial Subjectivity, with a minor in French. She intends to go to law school, and work with social justice organizations. She is an intersectional transnational postcolonial feminist, and proud Colombian-American with a love for food, traveling, writing, photography, and social justice. She is currently studying at NYU Prague.

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“Place as Art”….or “Art as Place”

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

Although I have been to several art museums in Prague and have learned about important local artists such as Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha; and painter and graphic artist, František Kupka, I will approach this post a little differently. Instead of thinking of “art and place,” I am thinking about “place as art” or “art as place.” I …

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“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”… and Leaving

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

The first book I chose to read for this course is called The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, one of the Czech Republic’s most renowned authors. (I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, especially on my commute, and found myself almost missing my stop every time because I was so enthralled!) I had never thought of travel as something …

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Tomio Okamura: Racist Czech-Japanese Politician who claims he can’t be racist

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

I will not deny the fact that a part of me decided to study abroad again to escape Trump’s U.S. It was not long before I found out that—surprise surprise—Czech politics are not all that great either. The rise of conservative, right-wing, parties and politicians seems to be a universal phenomenon. I first learned this the hard way in Paris. …

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Disney World?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

“Franz said,‘Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. We’ve always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. That’s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. It’s unintentional. It arose independently of human design, like …

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Nerozumím česky

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

Yesterday I went on an NYU sponsored trip to Czech Switzerland National Park, a majestic forest filled with unbelievable views that make you feel as if you are in Narnia. (Indeed, some of the shots in the Narnia film series were filmed in this park–my inner child practically skipped up the hill with absolute joy…to the frustration of my legs …