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A Literary Companion to Prague

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #1 by Zianna1 Comment

I fell in love with the history of the Czech Republic in my very first cultural orientation class during welcome week. From the legends of the original Czech settlers, to the more recent Czechoslovak political struggles, I was fascinated by all of the events and movements the region endured throughout its existence. Prague: A Traveler’s Literary Companion is a compilation …

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Apocalypse 1:1–9

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Book #1 by HarryLeave a Comment

If you’ve been keeping up with my “addictingly real” –The New York Times, semi-regular blog posts, you’ll have noticed that getting these posted on time has been a trial (Ref. ‘semi-regular’). But I just like to keep the people guessing, you know? It keeps ‘em hooked. Like, when is he gonna update us? Who knows?! I’m sure it’ll be worth …

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The Buenos Aires of the South: A Reflection on The Argentina Reader

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Places, Book #1 by HashmitaLeave a Comment

“Buenos Aires is known to be the Paris of the South”, said the proud tour guide while showing us around the Spanish-colonised, French-inspired, British-remodelled architecture of Plaza San Martín during a tour called ‘Buenos Aires: The city that looks, feels and tastes European’ on just my second day in the city. This notion of Eurocentrism that bombards the city and …

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Must or Bust

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #1 by VivianLeave a Comment

What a coincidence that the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera has had such an unbearable weight upon my life the last two weeks. I’ll forever treasure the novel for being my travel companion during my trip to the Amalfi Coast, an uncomfortable crutch in my armpit, reminding of my scholarly responsibilities. But there are worse burdens to carry, …

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“Singing the World Into Existence”

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Book #1, Sydney by Tamera1 Comment

Songlines, written by Bruce Chatwin, an Englishman, tells the story of Bruce’s journey through Australia, in pursuit of understanding how the Songlines work. He learns from the various Aboriginal people he meets, of different tribes and totemic ancestors, and Arkady, former teacher in Walbiri country and basically Bruce’s tour guide. Songlines is the European term. According to Chatwin, Aboriginal people call it …

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Kundera’s Kitsch

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #1 by KaiLeave a Comment

I identify with light. Reading the opening pages of Kundera’s novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, I was stricken by how swiftly and surely I aligned myself with one of the main characters, Tomas, and his absolute attachment to nothing and no one. However, as the book progresses you feel yourself realizing how you are attached to all the characters …

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opposites attract

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Book #1, Sydney by Anne2 Comments

I have just finished reading Jill Ker Conway’s, The Road from Coorain. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of reading this book I will do my best quick summery, the story is of a girl (Jill herself) raised in the Australian Bush. After the death of her beloved father Jill’s mother and brothers move to post …