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Prague, the Poem

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Prague by NatashaLeave a Comment

“What a stupid platitude, always to glorify the lie and say that poetry lives on illusions!” -Flaubert Prague is a poem. Its buildings line the cobblestone streets in a quietly proud parade, backs straight and looking toward the sky. The lighting in Prague is almost always ideal, soft and grey and serving at once as stark contrast and soft highlight …

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Silvio Berlusconi: “Rockstar of the Year”

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

This was a great prompt to read as I sit on campus right after my second session of Italian Politics. Coming into the semester, I knew virtually nothing about how the Italian political system worked – let alone how it has transformed over the past hundred years. Furthermore, Italy is currently in the midst of their general election, sparking protests …

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A Racial Divide

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by AnnieLeave a Comment

A friend of mine told me a story the other day that made my stomach churn. A black student studying in Florence this semester had been harassed by individuals on the street while walking to class during the first week. It had happened repeatedly and when she had reported it to NYU, both her and the school decided that it …

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Learning a New English

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Annabel1 Comment

When I first committed to studying abroad I very badly wanted to immerse myself in a new language. I’ve always been jealous of kids who could casually speak to their family in French, or could pick up a random language after spending the summer in a foreign country. My family is British-Nigerian, so besides a deep knowledge of North London …

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How are ya going?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Sim Tumay1 Comment

Language has always been a major barrier and disadvantage for me during my past travels throughout Europe, South America, and Mexico. However, upon arrival in Sydney, I expected to immediately immerse myself in the culture and hoped to never feel out of place. Once I arrived I felt comfortable because I was able to immediately ask for directions from locals …

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

The greatest disappointment I’ve faced in Sydney thus far has been the lack of exoticity. The city is so similar to metropolitan areas that I’ve lived in before––the wide expanse of Los Angeles, the tropical breeze of Hawaii, the bustling streets of New York––but something always feels off. The city is foreign, but not quite different enough from places that …

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#ItalyToo?: The Complex Identity Politics of Contemporary Italy, Explained by an Outsider

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Tia1 Comment

TW: Harassment, cat-calling, victim shaming “First they put out, then they whine and pretend to regret it.”  This is an October 2017 headline from Italian newspaper Libero in response to the initial wave of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, allegations that rocked the Western media and led to the downfall of dozens of men in entertainment, journalism, and politics.  But not …

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Communicating with the Culture

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

One of the first assignments I had upon arriving in Florence forced me to contemplate this topic. Before getting started with Italian class, all students were required to read Dianne Hales’s “Mother Tongue.” The passage reflects how language evolves to become a part of a society. The way we speak entails so much more than words and sentence structure; it …

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When English Failed me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

During my solo adventure to Poland, I found myself agreeing over and over with Dave Berry’s quote, “Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” I have traveled abroad before, to South Korea, …

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Strč Prst Skrz Krk

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Prague by EricaLeave a Comment

Strč Prst Skrz Krk. This Czech phrase, which quite literally translates to “stick a finger through the throat,” is one that is made up entirely of consonants- no vowels in sight. This difficult to pronounce and confusing phrase basically sums up how I feel about the Czech language: confusing and difficult to pronounce. During the first week of orientation here in …

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When We Become The Aliens

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Paris by Andie2 Comments

On Saturday, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in his apartment at age 48. The last film soundtrack he released was in 2016 for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, a moving meditation on language, humanity, and empathy that won Jóhannson a Golden Globe and critical adoration. Villeneuve and Jóhannsson were frequent collaborators, and together they made a movie to ask if learning …

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In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Andrew Cohen1 Comment

Part of me wishes that I saved last weeks story for this week. Much of what I had to say about language I expressed in last weeks piece. Although, I have found myself making strides since that encounter asking for a bus stop. When I wrote that piece, I had a sincere belief that my Italian would  become stagnant. Florence …