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Spin Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I’m the type to get lost in my own neighborhood. I’ve reached a point where I’ve gotten lost so many times that I believe my disregard of direction is a personality trait. I allow others, when traveling, to assume the role as mapper, that is the safest plan. But when I’m going places alone, it is an orchestration. A deep …

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Swept Up in a Sea of People

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Irina

I do my best to construct a mental image of each city I live in. Some take longer than others but all eventually form through time, exploring, and Google Maps. In New York, the subway teaches you to recognize Uptown from Downtown and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd from Coney Island Stillwell Av. It probably was not until mid-way through freshman year at …

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Finding Myself in the Chaotic Crossroads of Pudong

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Brooke

“A good environmental image gives its possessor an important sense of emotional security… this is the obverse of the fear that comes with disorientation” (Kevin Lynch). The past few weeks, navigating my way through Shanghai, have proven that my emotional security and my environmental image are very much entwined. There have been many moments where my Google map has failed …

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An Unexpected Underground

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Falynn

I learned quite quickly that Sydney is a pretty straight forward city. Larger streets run north and south, like George Street, and smaller ones run east and west. Although not so grid-like, Sydney’s streets are similar to those of New York in that there’s a pretty clear path and direction. Something I didn’t know, but realized through exploring, is that …

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How I like being “lost”

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Paris by Howard

Paris is a perfect place to get lost. Unlike New York, where the streets are all organized in easy recognizable grids, Paris has clusters of puzzles in it. When I was in New York, it was always easy for me to find directions. Empire state building guides the north, and World Trade Center leads the south. Here in Paris, Paris …

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New City, Same Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Flurin

“All type of knowledge, ultimately means self knowledge.” – Bruce Lee Arriving in Sydney I would have thought that my brain would start to map the city by first remembering where all the big buildings and landmarks are, and then work on the finer details from there. However, what I learned is that mapping a city is a highly personalized …

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Where Do I Find Myself

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Alice

Everyone who has visited Prague probably remembers their first sight of the city. Whether it is the red rooftops, the pastel colors, or the lovely architecture, it is a city to be admired and enjoyed. For me, foreign to the European city-scape in general, the picture-perfect quality of streets were extraordinary. It was like everything had been planned and coordinated …

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Cityscape XP: Next Level

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Rachel

I have spent very little time alone outside of NYU since I arrived in Shanghai. From the moment my flight landed in Pudong International Airport, I had maybe ten minutes of solitary freaking out because I didn’t know the address to the NYU dorm, had no wifi, and no cash. I then met a portal NYU Shanghai student who let …

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“A Room with a View”

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Nicolas

Arriving on the first day in a foreign setting will inherently be the most liberating time spent during your stay at the destination.  Upon checking in to your temporary accommodations, unpacking your belongings, and taking the time to breath a sigh of relief, there is only one thing left to do: Step out the front door. Landing at Sydney Airport …

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Disney World?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Maria Alejandra

“Franz said,‘Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. We’ve always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. That’s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. It’s unintentional. It arose independently of human design, like …