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Czeching Out

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Prague by MimiLeave a Comment

I can’t believe it’s already May. You wouldn’t think so with this weather – some days we’re lucky if we crack 50 degrees. It’s May, Mother Nature! But I also can’t believe this semester went by so fast. Everyone told me this would happen – Prague would become a blur of planes and pivo (and the occasional class project. Remember, …

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The 5Ws of NYU Prague

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Prague by Mimi1 Comment

So this is it. You’re looking at the glossy purple brochures for each NYU Study Away site, trying to decide where you want to spend the next four months of your life. You’ve spoken to upperclassmen, searched NYU Local and obsessively stalked your friends’ Instagram feeds. Each site definitely has its pros and cons, but in the end they all …

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Having a Moment

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 13. Third person, Prague by Mimi1 Comment

I hear a tinny jingle and look up from my counter to see a girl coming through the door. I’ve seen her before – brown and bespectacled, usually toting an enormous red and black backpack that she is constantly apologizing for after she inevitably sideswipes someone with it. I watch her grand entrance with amusement. Her eyes always look around …

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Straight from Havel’s Mouth

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Prague by Mimi1 Comment

Vaclav Havel. President. Writer. Dissident. Airport honoree. National hero… Before coming to the Czech Republic, I didn’t know who Vaclav Havel was. That changed within a day of arriving in this country – at least on a name-recognition level. I landed at Vaclav Havel airport, watched videos of Havel during the Velvet Revolution and read several of his letters during …

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Let Me Pop Out Real Quick

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Prague by Mimi2 Comments

The NYU bubble is a pretty well-known phenomenon on the Washington Square campus. Students don’t leave the Village, don’t go past 14th Street, and don’t get out of Manhattan (who actually goes to the Brooklyn campus anyway?). Stern’s bubble is even more infamous – what is class outside of 44 West 4th Street? What’s the wifi? Where’s the free printing? …

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The Boozy Baby Trump

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Prague by MimiLeave a Comment

Whatever you want to say about politics, you must admit that it’s never boring. This is true for countries all over the world, whether it’s a world superpower or a smaller nation that usually flies under the global radar. This is especially true for the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has experienced a variety of political regimes. Monarchy, dictators, occupations, …

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Meat and Potatoes v. Maggi: An Unexpected Mix of Foreign and Familiar

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 1. Anticipation, Prague by MimiLeave a Comment

The Czech Republic is known for a specific cuisine – meat and potatoes. This hearty combination, accompanied by glasses filled to the top with strong Czech beer, is part of the standard fare in many restaurants in Prague. Maggi is the Indian, more flavorful (at least in my opinion) version of Ramen noodles, and the standard fare in many college …