I was raised in Houston, Texas, a place where many would consider shooting illegal Mexicans a past time hobby and where the 19th century idea of a Texas succession from the union is still alive and well. concealed hand guns on campuses.

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Don’t cry for me Argentina cause I won’t be crying for you

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Vanessa2 Comments

Unlike my classmates who aren’t ready to leave Buenos Aires, I can’t wait until I’m boarding my plane back home. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a fantastic time traveling throughout Argentina and Latin America but New York is calling my name. Since I arrived back in August, my sentiment towards Buenos Aires hasn’t changed… I’m not a huge fan. …

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The Diverse Roots of Tango

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by VanessaLeave a Comment

In the book, ¡Tango! The Dance, the Song, the Story,  the following questions are posed about something that is considered without  a doubt to be quintessentially Argentine, tango. The book contains four distinct stories about the genealogy of tango and while each story or essay is unique they all share a similar skepticism; whether we should focus on the essential  and …

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Students abroad: Culture of University Coddling

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Buenos Aires by VanessaLeave a Comment

The study abroad bubble is real and it’s a pernicious bubble indeed. As of 2017, New York University has twelve satellite campuses and the number of students who are graduating at other NYU portal campuses, which include Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, is only increasing every year. One of NYU’s selling points to weary eyed high school seniors includes its plethora …

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Hands Tied in Argentina: Compulsory Voting

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Vanessa2 Comments

The idea of an independent Argentina was still rather nascent in the early 19th century, as the southern nation had only realized independence from Ferdinand VII of Spain in 1816. Another hundred years would pass, until Congress would pass a law known as the Ley Sáenz Peña, which required Argentine citizens ( since it was a law of its time, …

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A Tale of Churipans, Europhiles and Nostalgia

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

It’s the end of summer time in Buenos Aires and there is a melancholic, almost sweet quality to the Argentine capital city that is palpable. While I would describe the city as one of those melancholic tango songs, where treacherous women only bring pain and suffering to their male counterpart, Jorge Luis Borges would describe his birthplace not through an …

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Travel Expectations in Buenos Aires: Can they Make or Break your Trip?

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 1. Anticipation, Buenos Aires by Vanessa2 Comments

Unlike many of my fellow NYU travel bloggers; this will not be my first semester studying abroad. Because I am part of a rather abstruse program, which falls under the umbrella of Liberal Studies, known as Global Liberal Studies, I am required to study abroad for a year during my junior year. This will be my second semester in Buenos …