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See you Later, Sydney

In The Art of Travel, 15. Farewells, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Personally, I knew from the day I arrived in Sydney, the “success” of my study abroad experience would rely heavily on the circumstances and priorities that I set for myself.  Although there were some absolutely fantastic times in Sydney, I can’t help but admit I likely should have branched out a bit further and tried to travel to see different …

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Thanksgiving Down Under

In The Art of Travel, 13. Thanksgiving, Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

Prior to this weekend, one of my largest regrets with deciding to study abroad was that I would miss Thanksgiving and the lead up to Christmas festivities.  Personally, although the summer is by far my favorite season, Thanksgiving and Christmas are undoubtedly the most special calendar days of the year.  In many ways, successive celebrations on these dates have imprinted …

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Hoopin’ with a Friend

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

Growing up in the suburbs of NJ, I could always find sports and recreational activities never more than a few steps from my door. Besides playing on soccer, baseball and basketball teams throughout the year, staying active was also possible through nature walks, hikes and other outdoor activities.  However, after moving into New York for my freshman year, I was …

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Inspired by the Unprecedented

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

Surprisingly, after several trips to the Opera House, I’ve noticed that a large portion of newcomers to Sydney’s most distinct landmark are remarkably disappointed upon arrival. Most visitors believe that the opera house is one continuous structure, and that it sits many stories up, overlooking the harbor down below.  In actuality, the Opera House is three distinct structures that sit …

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Our Inner Instinctive Migratory Urge

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

In today’s society, the vast majority of human civilization exists in a relatively sedentary state, with neither a will nor desire to live a life constantly on the move.  In terms of material possessions, contemporary society demands that we live with and within the constant comfort and accessibility of all things which are deemed complementary and necessary.  Yet, as consumers …

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Entering Uncharted Waters

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

Due to the vast network of multicultural global cities around the world today, in my opinion, finding oneself stuck within a “bubble” of familiarity has become an increasingly difficult task.  Unless you are present members of a tour group, who stick together through each activity of the day, or a person who stays within the confines of their own ethnic …

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Forging into the Unknown

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Throughout history, travel and tourism has depended on elements of word of mouth in order to accrete trust and confidence in the destination to which you are traveling.  Given the expense, commitment and planning required while traveling, individuals as consumers yearn for external sources of validation when formulating a decision. Undoubtedly, in the mind of the consumer, the worst case …

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The Clock is Ticking

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Given that when flying into Australia you essentially experience a “twenty-four hour loss of existence,” can it be said that “there is a certain sense of achievement just in arriving in Australia” (Bryson)? According to Bill Bryson, a man smitten with Australia in more ways than are imaginable, and the author of In a Sunburned Country, this sense of achievement …

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History in the Sand

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Attempting to uncover the identity of certain cities can be an incredibly demanding task.  On the surface, particular locations become blurred when compared amongst the vast network of multicultural global cities that have taken full form in the 21st century. On the other hand, preformed expectations and stereotypes can also work to alter and hide the defining features of locations. …

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G’day Mate

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

Learning how to handle expectations can be an extremely difficult, and at times, disorienting task. Whether you’re experiencing a different cuisine, trying out a new product you just purchased, or judging the value of an alternative service you just received, regardless of the outcome, it’s easy to fall victim to feelings of dissatisfaction and regret. Yet, often when you are …

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Born Again in Sydney

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

It’s amazing how one’s perspective changes after arriving at a foreign destination and diving headfirst into new experiences.  Perspective towards becoming more open minded; towards testing one’s boundaries and conquering one’s fears; towards living in the present, with few thoughts about what is ahead, and what was left behind. My name is Nicolas and I am a sophomore studying business …