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El fin

In 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires, Art of Travel by Matthew G2 Comments

I was nominated to speak at our End-of-the-Semester event for NYUBA, and I wrote this speech with this assignment in mind. I want to start by saying I feel very lucky to be here with you all tonight.  Especially because I came here knowing exactly one person, and really clung on to that friendship.  Thanks Molly.  But now I really …

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Kissing Strangers

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires, Art of Travel by Matthew G1 Comment

Ethnic and national groups are often marked by the specific cultural customs that they embody.  Whether it is clothing, language, familial relationships, etc, at the end of the day different groups of people do things differently.  I bet you’re thinking, “Yes, Matthew, we know.” Forgive me for saying it again, but in a globalizing world, cultural groups can no longer …

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In Daily life, Routine, Prague by Zianna1 Comment

One afternoon my advisor asked me to describe my routine via Skype. I was sitting cross-legged in sweatpants in the sunroom of my dorm building, on a Monday afternoon. I looked around at the comfy chairs around me and yoga mat in the corner. “Um,” I said. “It’s pretty relaxed here.” I went on to explain how the workload is …

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A Day In the Life

In The Art of Travel, Routine, Sydney by Anne1 Comment

Wake up. Run to the bathroom. I have my own bathroom and this is very exciting. Never in my life have I ever had my own bathroom, but this is the Australian way. I am running late because I slept in again (it has been over a month and the time change still gets me). I start walking to work, …

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Mundane Mondays

In Daily life, Art of Travel, Prague by Kai1 Comment

I wake up and the rain is pounding down on my slanted window, bullying me to stay inside. My alarm goes off at 7:30, but I always snooze it until at least 7:45 then jump up frantically to make myself breakfast. Over my butter and toast, I think about what I am going to wear. I just came back from …

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Co je Česká podstata?

In Spirit of place, The Spirit of Place, Prague by Zianna0 Comments

I have never been so mystified by a place as I am by Prague. Such a complicated history would warrant that, I suppose. It’s strange to think about the fact that only 100 years ago, this land was under the rule of the Habsburg Dynasty. I seem to obsess over the history here. Maybe because that was the lens through …

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Learning about Living

In Art of Travel, Prague, Tips by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

Tips on studying abroad: Pack smart. Bring clothes and shoes that you will actually wear and limit yourself. You’re going to buy things there. Carrying around three large suitcases is difficult and you look pretentious. Spend time with your suitemates. Ask to sit on their beds. Talk about how surprisingly good the bread on this pre-made store-bought sandwich is. Bond. Don’t be …

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Changed Perspective

In Art of Travel, Prague, Borders by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

When I traveled to Italy for spring break, I realized what I had been missing from my experience in Prague. Milan and Florence were my first destinations outside of Central/Eastern Europe and the cultural difference was palpable. From the moment I got off the plane, not knowing any Italian, I was welcomed and assisted by many people in my efforts …

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Second Drawer Down

In Art of Travel, Prague, Open by Phoebe Walsh0 Comments

I’ve always held on to things. I’m not necessarily a hoarder, but I could probably fall into that category in some people’s eyes. In the fifth grade we made “time capsules” with letters to our future selves, collages of things that meant a lot to us at the time, and photos. That summer I moved from Long Island to Kentucky …

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An Amazing Journey

In Florence, Art of Travel, Going home by Grace0 Comments

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I met some amazing people and have incredible memories to hold on to. One of the most rewarding parts of this program was to see us all adapt to a new and different culture. Personally, my biggest problem I faced was the language barrier. Once I am home I don’t …

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A Tramp Abroad

In Florence, Art of Travel, Books (2) by Grace0 Comments

I feel I can relate to this novel, A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain because Twain bases most of his explanations off observation. As we discussed in our blog posts about observation, this is a key tool in understanding a foreign culture. I think I learned the most about Italian culture by watching the everyday lives of the Florentine locals. …

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Stories About The Country I Love

In Florence, Art of Travel, Books (2) by Megan Cutaran0 Comments

For the second reading I chose to read Travelers’ Tales Italy: True Stories by Anne Calcagno. This book is a collection of stories from various authors about their travels in Italy. All of them offer interesting and different perspectives. I chose to read this since by this point I have had the privilege to travel throughout many towns and cities …

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In Florence, Art of Travel, Borders by Megan Cutaran1 Comment

Italy is the home of a strong culture. There is a certain aura in the air and an essence throughout the cities. They are lively, like the people. They are vivid. Yet there is a feeling of simplicity. Life seems simpler here. People do not seem to have the same cares and worries as they do back in the United …