Matthew G

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NYU Buenos Aires Spring 2017

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El fin

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

I was nominated to speak at our End-of-the-Semester event for NYUBA, and I wrote this speech with this assignment in mind. I want to start by saying I feel very lucky to be here with you all tonight.  Especially because I came here knowing exactly one person, and really clung on to that friendship.  Thanks Molly.  But now I really …

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Tips on Tips on Tips

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

The reality is, NYU Buenos Aires is incredibly insular.  While it is so incredibly convenient that NYU carefully drops us into one of our many abroad sites–where we pay the same price, take classes that transfer back to our home campus, and have access to the same resources–it comes with some drawbacks.  The first, you are constantly surrounded by other …

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Borges for “Los eruditos”

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Matthew G

The United States, despite prolifically producing literature, films, music, and culture for not only our own consumption, but that of the entire world, lacks a single defining work or author that represents the depth of the American experience.  In short, there is no “Great American Novel.”  And for that matter, you would be hard pressed to pick a single artist …

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La Pompa

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

Imagine the soap bubbles of your childhood.  Those filmy spheres floating in the air, reflecting flashes of pinks and greens in the light of the sun while you tried to pop them before they drifted to the ground.  As we all talk about ‘the bubble’ this week, this idyllic image fills my head, but the bubble I need to talk …

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The Land of Unicorns

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

Patagonia is a place that by virtue of having nothing, manages to have everything.  It is a region of the world that encompasses the spans the Southern American continent, spilling into both Argentina and Chile in turn.  You’ll know you have arrived not because of any formal border, but rather when you step foot on rodados patagonicos, basalt pebbles that …

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President Macri

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

In November 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, invigorating and shocking different halves of the country.  President Trump established himself on a the very basis of anti-establishment, coming into the world of politics as an outsider, versed in business rather than politics.  On the other half of the Americas, Argentinians watched …

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Kissing Strangers

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

Ethnic and national groups are often marked by the specific cultural customs that they embody.  Whether it is clothing, language, familial relationships, etc, at the end of the day different groups of people do things differently.  I bet you’re thinking, “Yes, Matthew, we know.” Forgive me for saying it again, but in a globalizing world, cultural groups can no longer …

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Paseo el Rosedal

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

Buenos Aires is born from the unique mixture of Spain and Italy, but heralded as “the Paris of the South.”  However, there are varying degrees of influence, take the food, for example–Argentina prizes it’s Italian food, meaning carbs, and lots of them.  Pizza, pasta, gnocchi, tarts, pastries, and of course, empanadas.  Health conscious eaters in the US often shy away …

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Matthew-nese

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

I’ll admit that I took Spanish for granted.  For five years in public school, I enrolled in Spanish courses, progressing through the levels until I reached a point in my junior year where my teacher said to me, “Well, now you’ve learned all the grammar.”  And I thought to myself, “okay, then why can’t I speak Spanish?”  So, I quit. …