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Full of Thanks and Full of Food

In The Art of Travel, 13. Thanksgiving, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

Despite growing up in a household heavily influenced by Chinese tradition, being an American-born Chinese, I have never missed a year of festive Thanksgiving celebrations. Whether with friends or family, Thanksgiving is a must every year. My family has always spent it together, whether it meant eating at home or going to a neighbor’s house for a huge potluck party. …

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Hello, Stranger

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

When you live in a foreign country, especially somewhere you barely understand the language (let alone speak it) you tend to settle in a strangely comfortable spot of expecting little to no interaction with strangers. Combine that with a culture where people are much more reserved and tend not to make small talk, you find yourself keeping to yourself most …

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Trespassing Country Borders

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

If you asked people, “what is one thing you want to do before you die?”, quite a number of them would respond with “travel the world”. Which I find particularly interesting especially because the word “travel” is thought to come from the word “travail”, or even a Middle English word meaning torment, labor, or work strenuously.While traveling abroad has been …

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To Dissent or Not To Dissent

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Prague by Vivian1 Comment

Vaclav Havel– the man, the myth, the legend. Here in the Czech Republic, there’s not a single citizen who doesn’t know of him. His presence permeates everywhere in the country, from the airport you arrive in, Vaclav Havel, to the country’s spirit as a whole. For a little bit of background, Vaclav Havel was a Czech playwright, poet, and political …

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Lightness and Weight

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

The first book I had chosen to read for this course is The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, a book that I had been meaning to read for the longest time due to the continuous recommendation from my family and peers. As much as I regret not reading it earlier, I can say that I am unbelievably grateful …

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Beyond The Surface

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

Prague has an incredibly elusive spirit. Not only is it hard to understand for newcomers and foreigners, but I would dare say that even its citizens don’t fully understand its identity yet. For a nation that has suffered through, been divided by, and most importantly, survived countless historical traumas, I wouldn’t expect anything else. The city’s spirit permeates everywhere, from …

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Fak jó!

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

Fak jó! or f*** you! That is the question. (… or statement.) Did you know that in Czech “fak jó” (pronounced exactly the same as a rather explicit English statement) means “really” in English? Now you might respond, “fak jó”? And to respond to that, yes, it really does. All jokes aside though, as much fun it is to live …