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Short Stories on Unspoken Chinese Perspectives

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Shanghai by Yuka Niwa1 Comment

The Dog: Stories By Jack Livings In ‘The Dog: Stories,’ Jack Living writes short stories that revolve around characters who are thriving in the quickly modernizing China. The book consists of eight different short stories, each of which is independent of each other and allow the reader to obtain a visceral understanding of the character’s life, circumstances, and even thought …

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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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A moveable feast

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Paris by Howard2 Comments

The best part of reading a book while traveling is that you are not just constructing the picture in your head by imagination, but through reality. You can easily reflect the experience you have in the book onto the road you go. The past summer while my friend and I was road tripping across the United States, I was reading …

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The Road Less Traveled

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Shanghai by Brooke2 Comments

China Road by Rob Gifford details one man’s quest on Chinese Route 66, which is 3,000 miles east to west. Going through an umpteenth amount of cities starting with Shanghai and including, Kunshan, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, Anhui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, and the Gobi Desert. Each interaction he has with people along the way is contextualized by an in depth history of …

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Between Love and Betrayal

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

Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, unlike the first book I read this semester, depicts Prague from the perspective of a number of citizens living in the city, though some of them are not originally from there. Although the characters move between different locations throughout the book, they spend the majority of their lives in Prague, and their experiences …

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Fried Eggs With Chopsticks

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Shanghai by Irina1 Comment

Polly Evans’ Fried Eggs with Chopsticks is a hilariously relatable account of her trials and travels in China. Her ambitious itinerary starts in Beijing, goes through several smaller rural towns to arrive in Xi An, then continues to more cities to get to Shanghai, and many more after that to arrive in Hong Kong, her final destination. It is a …

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When The Wall Falls

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

Collective guilt can be defined as the blameworthy moral responsibility held at the collective, or group, level. ‘German collective guilt’ is a term used for the emotions that arose after the conclusion of World War 2, as German citizens gained awareness of their engagement, tolerance, or ignorance of the atrocities which took place during the Holocaust. This psychological baggage is …

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Argentina’s Silhouette

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

I recently read Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien, a novel by Brian Winter about his Argentina experience when he unknowingly thrusts himself into the deep culture of tango. I was initially attracted to the book because Brian introduces himself as a recent college graduate, looking for an adventure in Argentina. Brian describes a feeling I related to- “seeking …

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Goethe Day

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Expectations are high when you commit to studying abroad in a place like Florence, and expectations only get higher when you realize you’ll be living near Dante and the like. The passages I found most interesting from Goethe, although he discusses the far, wide, beautiful country this is, are the passages on Venice, our experiences and expectations quite different. Having …

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A Dark Chapter

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Sydney by Flurin1 Comment

“To fight darkness is to fight yourself” – Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty In Rabbit-proof Fence Pilkington explores a variety of topics, but the theme that weighed on me the most was the personalization of one of the darkest chapters in Australian history: The Stolen Generation. To give a brief over of what I have learned about this topic …

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A Tramp Abroad

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Florence by Isabel2 Comments

Twain’s accounts of traveling through Europe in “A Tramp Abroad” are very candid, filled with notes for the future and general observations of the things he and his friends saw. When he finally gets to Italy near the end of the book, I found a few sections that I could relate to, connect to, or disagree with. The first was …

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Our Inner Instinctive Migratory Urge

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

In today’s society, the vast majority of human civilization exists in a relatively sedentary state, with neither a will nor desire to live a life constantly on the move.  In terms of material possessions, contemporary society demands that we live with and within the constant comfort and accessibility of all things which are deemed complementary and necessary.  Yet, as consumers …