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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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Inspired by the Unprecedented

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Sydney by NicolasLeave a Comment

Surprisingly, after several trips to the Opera House, I’ve noticed that a large portion of newcomers to Sydney’s most distinct landmark are remarkably disappointed upon arrival. Most visitors believe that the opera house is one continuous structure, and that it sits many stories up, overlooking the harbor down below.  In actuality, the Opera House is three distinct structures that sit …

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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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The OG Davide

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

I’ve lived in Florence for about three and a half months, and I only saw the David yesterday. The David is Michelangelo’s arguably greatest creation, a seventeen-foot giant, muscular, contrapposto freestanding figure completed in 1504. I saw a lot of his work this break, including the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. But Florence is the capital of the Renaissance, …

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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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Flies & Fields at the Power Station of Art

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Shanghai by Irina1 Comment

Upon entering the Power Station of Art, I was greeted by a huge swarm of insects. These insects were large sculptures, hung from museum’s high ceilings. However, upon closer inspection, I realized that they were actually half-human, half-insect. These hybridized creatures were grotesque- they had the torso and legs of a human but the head and wings of a dragonfly …

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A New News

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

Think about our relationship to current events: Who (or what) do we listen to? Immediately, one thinks of the media. Whether present in print, radio, or television broadcast, journalists are integral to the guidance of public knowledge, perception, and emotions towards the world they live in. Having an accredited voice in the political world is exceptionally powerful, especially when it comes …