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 Vanessa

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 Vanessa

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 Vanessa

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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Chatwin’s Patagonia

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

When Jorge Luis Borges wrote that all authors “creates [their] own precursors…[their]work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future” he means to say that writers actively seek out the books they want to be influenced by and choose how they want to be influence. This idea is key to understanding how Bruce Chatwin chooses to …

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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 Vanessa

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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On My Latinidad

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

Growing up as a bilingual Chicana, I have had a hard time determining where exactly I fit in culturally. As a light-skinned Latina, I have encountered other Hispanics who profess different cultural values, beliefs, and tastes than me. When people find out that I am half Mexican, it usually goes something like this: “But you don’t look Mexican” or “I …

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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 Vanessa

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 …