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Find your Patagonia.

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G0 Comments

It is so very surprising, but so stunning to me, how little travel in Argentina has changed since the 60s and 70s. Bruce Chatwin, a British travel writer, published In Patagonia in 1977. His descriptions of Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Argentine people, Argentine mentality, immigrants and even methods and means of travel are so very similar to what I have currently …

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The View from 1908

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Florence by Jordyn Jay0 Comments

I can only imagine how Florence must have been different almost a hundred and ten years ago, but E. M. Foster paints a picture of the city in 1908 from the eyes of a young woman navigating the city with her overprotective cousin. The Florence of 1908 is painted as an enchanting, but rather dangerous place, especially for a woman. …

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Room for a New View

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Florence by Delaney0 Comments

‘A Room with a View’ by E. M. Forster gives an enchanting yet romanticized view of Italy. The young Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson both find a passion for life and each other through Italia. In a time where rigid social rules govern them Italy acts as a catalyst for both to find new outlooks. Lucy, throughout a majority of …

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The Paris of Ernest Hemingway

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Paris by Zoya2 Comments

I’ve read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises once before, back in sophomore year of high school. I distinctly remember disliking the book, not because of anything to do with Paris, but because I found Hemingway’s writing style rather dry and uninteresting. However, since I was coming to the city that Hemingway and his book had so intimately tied into, I …

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All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Prague by Mimi1 Comment

Prague is known as a fairy tale town. Ancient, pastel colored buildings line the cobblestoned streets. Prague Castle is perched on a hill overlooking the city of one thousand spires. Yet despite the quaint architecture, Peter Demetz illustrates in his book Prague in Black and Gold that in the Czech capital, all that glitters isn’t always gold. By merging history …

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“I wish I was Aboriginal says no white person ever

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Sydney by KD Harbeck0 Comments

For this assignment, I read Tracks by Robyn Davidson. This book perfectly illustrates the relationship, past and present, between white Westerns and the Aboriginal people, and feminism. To expand on this I will provide a very brief overview of the book. Tracks is a memoir about Davidson, twenty-six years old, nine-month trek across Australia in 1977. For this 2,825km walk, …

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Renaissance vs. Medieval

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Florence by Alexandra L0 Comments

For my first book, I read A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. The most interesting aspect of this novel, for me, was the emphasis the author placed on designating people and places as “Renaissance” or “Medieval.” The beginning of the story is set in Florence, with a clear designation as the city being Renaissance. Florence is depicted in …

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The Israeli Dance of Life

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Tel Aviv by Momachi2 Comments

A recurring theme in the work, My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, is the identity of Jews and the rise of Zionism in the establishment of Israel. There are several key themes to analyze when discussing the establishment of a state home to one group of people, with several minorities of immigrants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Shavit …

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My room with a view

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Florence by Diana3 Comments

Lately I’ve been on a mission to read/reread all the classics, so I was happy to see A Room with a View on the reading list for Florence. Not knowing much about it, I picked it up and began to read. Aside from the differences I have with Lucy Honeychurch (I’m not a girl in the early 20th century or …

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The Land of Unicorns

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Matthew G0 Comments

Patagonia is a place that by virtue of having nothing, manages to have everything.  It is a region of the world that encompasses the spans the Southern American continent, spilling into both Argentina and Chile in turn.  You’ll know you have arrived not because of any formal border, but rather when you step foot on rodados patagonicos, basalt pebbles that …

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The Holy Havel

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Places, Prague by Abie2 Comments

Václav Havel is practically a legend here in the Czech Republic. The closest equivalent I can think of in American culture is George Washington. Only Havel only came to prominence in the 1960’s not the 1770’s. Havel is everywhere here; when you first arrive in Prague you land in the Václav Havel airport. There are memorials to him, parks and …

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Robyn Davidson Cries for the Outback

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Sydney by Brianna0 Comments

Towards the end of her journey in Tracks, Robyn Davidson writes about being mobbed by the press and dubbed as feminist icon. She writes, “I was now public property. I was now a feminist symbol. I was now an object of ridicule for small minded sexists…”(Davidson 236). She is indignant at this point. Her trip had already been hijacked the …