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Objectifying the Universe

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Shanghai, Open topic by Sammy SongLeave a Comment

Whereas from the lineage of Western thinkers indebted to the Enlightenment evolved the impulse to codify the world into atomic, irreducible facts, for ancient Chinese scholars the world should be seen much rather like a holistic system of interdependencies whereby processes and relationships interact instead of discrete objects. Hence just as the former mechanistic worldview predicates itself upon an analog …

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Thailand: An Interlude

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Shanghai, Open topic by Miranda Burnham1 Comment

  “Final boarding call… Spring Air… final boarding call to Thailand” Everything about vacationing to Thailand made me worry. I’d never travelled with just friends internationally before, I’d never stayed in a hostel before, I’d never done this before! For me, independence is not an innate trait, but rather something I have been attempting to grow some time. It requires …

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Open topic by Lindsey Giostra1 Comment

Especially at an international university like NYU, studying abroad has its claims for being life changing, transformative, and unforgettable. When discussing a friend’s past experience, you hear tales of countless explorations, cultural immersion, strong friendships, and amazing food. However, maybe I’m just being cynical but there is this hype of studying abroad. It seems as if every single person who …

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Speechless

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Open topic by Emily Molinelli1 Comment

During my fall break, I had an amazing opportunity to spend a little over two weeks traveling the world. My friends and I traveled to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Krakow (Poland), Athens and Santorini (Greece). But for this blog post I want to write about my experience at Auschwitz. The first place I traveled to was Amsterdam, to see the Anne Frank House …