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Tap In

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Florence, Italy is not an authentic Italian experience unless you make it one. I certainly wish I knew the diversity of Florence before coming, that’s certainly something I did not know much about and NYU wasn’t super clear about. I do wish I did a homestay sometimes, but I am not obsessed with Italian culture or set on being an …

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Goethe Day

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Expectations are high when you commit to studying abroad in a place like Florence, and expectations only get higher when you realize you’ll be living near Dante and the like. The passages I found most interesting from Goethe, although he discusses the far, wide, beautiful country this is, are the passages on Venice, our experiences and expectations quite different. Having …

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The OG Davide

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

I’ve lived in Florence for about three and a half months, and I only saw the David yesterday. The David is Michelangelo’s arguably greatest creation, a seventeen-foot giant, muscular, contrapposto freestanding figure completed in 1504. I saw a lot of his work this break, including the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. But Florence is the capital of the Renaissance, …

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Show the World You Got It

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I don’t think I ever expected a completely authentic experience when coming to NYU Florence. Florence is such a tourist city, a mecca of tour buses and selfie sticks, almost inescapable. I certainly didn’t expect a Jhumpa Lahiri moment, I’m not about to publish In Other Words. I really thought, to fully immerse, I’d have to learn Italian in its …

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Tale of Two Lenses

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by sabeena1 Comment

I love The Lonely Planet. Before any trip I’ve ever had, I’ve searched their website for a city guide, and if they haven’t had it, I’ve unenthusiastically gone to TripAdvisor. Travel 2.0 has helped my life, and even The Lonely Planet and Google Maps leaves me lost in paradise. What I find more impactful is the role of social media …

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Spin Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I’m the type to get lost in my own neighborhood. I’ve reached a point where I’ve gotten lost so many times that I believe my disregard of direction is a personality trait. I allow others, when traveling, to assume the role as mapper, that is the safest plan. But when I’m going places alone, it is an orchestration. A deep …

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One Way Or Another

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Florence by sabeena1 Comment

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran When I first got to Italy, I was under the impression that anything and everything here would be better than the States. I think that’s a fairly common American idea, you look around every store in the mall in the States and all the most expensive ones have …

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Windows As Eyes To The Soul

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

“The landscape always fools us, and I imagine always will.” – Lawrence Durell Trying to picture what Italy is like is a constant battle to push stereotypes out. Pasta, pizza, gelato, wine … Of course, there’s the infamous Cinque Terre houses, bright and perched upon the Ligurian Sea. What is it about these little houses, villages full of only four …