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The Strangest of Strangers

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Katherine CarranzaLeave a Comment

Strangers are an integral part of the traveling/study abroad experience. I think that the word stranger comes with a negative connotation. People often think “stranger danger”, “don’t talk to strangers”, and other things along these lines – at least I know I do. A stranger is one of those words defined by the absence of something; we define a stranger …

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An Open Love Letter to Strangers

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Daniel Yeom3 Comments

Staying in hostels can be a nightmare. Beds are creaky, showers are cold, and the concept of privacy tends to disappear out the window. But I can full-heartedly say that hostel hopping is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Why? Because of precious opportunities to befriend strangers from every walks of life. When I first started to backpack on my own a …

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Kaya the Diviner

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Rachel2 Comments

Apparently, Ghana is ranked one of the friendliest countries in the world. Ghanaians are well known for their hospitality and extroversion. As an introvert and a female, I found this intense welcomeness towards foreigners very off-putting at first. Even now, I sometimes have trouble understanding why Ghanaians will come up to me and play the 20 questions game. The possibilities flicker through my head–I’m either in …

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Stranger–> BFF –> Stranger

In The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Sydney, Strangers by Dalanee HesterLeave a Comment

I really resonated with Cesar Pavese’s quote “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance.” It is an eloquent, concise way of saying everything I love about traveling. The feeling of being constantly “off balance” gives you the opportunity to …