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In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #2 by Vivian1 Comment

Anyone who knows anything about Czechs knows that they love Vaclav Havel. Czech are not typically inclined toward religion, but if any figure is a deity in this country, it’s him. A playwright turned dissident turned president, Havel has a resume that is unsurpassed. His legacy lives on on the daily here in Prague, whether it’s getting a day off …

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In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #2 by Jake2 Comments

DISCLAIMER: I’ve just realised that I completely missed this post because it aligned perfectly with my Fall Break and the notion of a break was too enticing for me that I completely neglected to remember whether or not I had an assignment when I got back… Nevertheless, better late than never right… The Unbearable Lightness of Being — WOW. From the first few …

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The Organisation of a Nation: A Reflection on Felix Luna’s A Short History of the Argentinians

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Book #2 by HashmitaLeave a Comment

How does one begin to re-organise a country with a history of colonisation, military dictatorships and authoritarian leaders? Félix Luna, in his book A Short History of the Argentinians, talks about the “Argentinian people’s will to organise themselves federally” – not only in political, but in social terms too. He suggests that one’s “distinctive regional, provincial and local identities” affect …

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The End of the World

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Book #2 by JT1 Comment

Imagine traveling down south in the Americas until you cannot travel any further. This is where you’ll find Patagonia, where the fresh air thrives and the wide landscapes prevail at the end of the civilized world. Patagonia’s representation in travel literature is interesting. In my Spanish literature class, we read a novella called Falsa calma, which represented northern Patagonia as …

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Farce, Reformability, and the Future of the World: Modern America through Havel’s Eyes

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Book #2 by KaiLeave a Comment

As the weight of the election hangs heavy over us, I turned to Vaclav Havel this week to process, understand, plan and organize. His essay, “Farce, Reformability, and the Future of the World”, stood out in the Open Letters collection among well-worn classics like “Power of the Powerless” and “Dear Dr. Husák”. He begins with a notion from Marx that, “events …

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Bruce Chatwin’s “The Songlines”(1987)

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Sydney, Book #2 by CarmenLeave a Comment

As many of you have probably gathered from my past blog posts, a large part of my experience here in Australia so far has surrounded learning about the Aboriginal (or First Nation) population. Perhaps it is my Human Rights major coming out or my general interest in social movements about discrimination/racism, but the more I have been exposed to this …