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Three Hundred Twenty Americans Can be Wrong

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Paris, Places by Zoya

In Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow, the two authors discusses their time in France and its culture. They use observations in the French language, customs, laws, history to speculate about what it means to be French, make conclusions how these characteristics affect the relationship and perceptions between the Americans and the French. I …

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Au revoir

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Paris by Zoya

You’re at a supermarket, a Costco or H-Mart, and you’re shopping for food. You see a plastic table set up with a tablecloth with an employee standing behind it expertly cooking the food for distribution. Free samples. You’re attracted to the colorful packaging and the oh so wonderful smells that are coming from the pot. So you walk over, intrigued …

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Quand on a peur, on doit travail.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 11. Travails, Paris by Zoya

As someone who is frequently absent minded and possesses a hopelessly poor sense of direction, one can imagine how often I find myself in unfortunate situations. There’s been many times where I’ve lost my way down a seemingly simple and straightforward path. There’s been many times where I’ve taken the train going the opposite direction, realizing my mistake only after …

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L’Absinthe

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Paris by Zoya

As someone who enjoys painting and drawing myself, Paris is a particularly wonderful place to be in. First off, it’s a gorgeous city physically, the architecture looks fresh from an 1800s Impressionist painting and the urban cityscape is designed to allow city goers small moments to admire the famous monuments that stand out so proudly. Secondly, it names landmarks and …

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A Guide to Bubbles as an NYU Paris Student

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Paris by Zoya

The most terrifying aspect of bubbles is how easy it is to actually break out of them. Bubbles in the traveling sense are like bubbles in the physical pockets-of-air-trapped-in-soap-childhood-dreams bubbles we are all accustomed to from being kids. They’re fun to play with, they’re great actually! But sometimes when we’re caught up in looking at the world in its slick …

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Flaneur 1.0 vs 2.0

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Zoya

I’m realizing that I have increasingly that I have an issue with giving myself too many things to do and then accomplishing too little of it. I’m a list maker, I like to organize my life in lists. All the basic things that everyone lists, I list: grocery shopping, homework, packing for travel. But then I organize my life in …

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The Paris of Ernest Hemingway

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Paris by Zoya

I’ve read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises once before, back in sophomore year of high school. I distinctly remember disliking the book, not because of anything to do with Paris, but because I found Hemingway’s writing style rather dry and uninteresting. However, since I was coming to the city that Hemingway and his book had so intimately tied into, I …

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Unpleasant Déjà Vu

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Zoya

French politics. H a h. Where to start? I started living in Paris immediately following the inauguration of Donald Trump, literally leaving the country right after the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential Election. Living in Paris is a bit of political déjà vu, in the sense that it’s also a pit of chaos. I knew a good bit about the …

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Les Fenêtres

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Paris by Zoya

It’s 10:13AM, just 47 minutes until my first class starts. I’m sitting in grey faux leather couch chair that has just enough right angles to be professional but enough soft surfaces for it to be comfortable. I prop my feet up on the small coffee table in front of me and look around. It’s definitely rude to be taking up …

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The Undecided Observed

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Paris by Zoya

It’s loud, but not that kind of loud that strikes in police sirens or thrives in rock concerts. It’s the loud that’s just enough background noise for a date, with enough people having their own private conversations to conceal your own. A couple to my right is doing just that, the woman was sitting alone when I walked in but …

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Pardon My French

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Paris by Zoya

As a Chinese-American, along with my native English fluency, I speak Cantonese (learned from home), Mandarin (learned from Chinese school), as well as my current French ability (from high school and one semester of Intermediate I). Having known and learned three additional languages, I can safely say that I’m pretty shit at it. Definitely more fluent with Cantonese and Mandarin, …