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Never Too Old to be a Brat

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

In the three months I’ve been in Buenos Aires, there have have been many mishaps. Whether it’s a lost wallet, a phone that won’t work, or miscalculated directions, I’ve experienced it all. These occurrences are annoyingly inconvenient when traveling internationally, but magically, they haven’t affected me much. There’s always been a silver lining to these mistrials. Without a bank card, …

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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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Accessible Art

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Buenos Aires by Kiana2 Comments

I think it’s accurate to describe Buenos Aires as a city for all. Keeping in mind a historic struggle to empower the working class that stretches into the present, it isn’t a surprise that art starts at ground level. And I mean that literally. Buenos Aires has beautiful, classic museums and art galleries, but the art that’s connected to me …

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Comfort is Overrated

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Buenos Aires by Kiana

I’ve always identified with spaces. At home in California and in New York, I have my spots that provide me with comfort and routine, down to the desks I sit at in class. After a long day of commitments and errands, there’s nothing I love more than coming home and flopping onto my bed, because for the first time since …

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Curse of the camera

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Buenos Aires by Kiana

It used to be that first came the view, then came the photo of the view. Capturing devices were meant to be secondary aids to our memories, just in case our eyes forgot the moment the sun rose, or when we saw the valley from the summit for the first time. (Setting aside the intentional arts of photography and cinema.) …

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Where Restlessness Goes

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Kiana

Yesterday, I returned from a trip through Patagonia, which I appropriately accompanied with the novel In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin. The novel is a first-person account of Chatwin’s journey through Patagonia to find the old skin of a sloth, a piece reminiscent of his grandmother and his childhood. In Chatwin’s words, “Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked …

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Dónde Está Santiago Maldonado

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Kiana

“History has a way of repeating itself.” No. The progression of time doesn’t make the same mistakes, people do. Governments do. An increasing gap in understanding between opaque leadership and a furious public perpetuates itself, but the day the inflictors take responsibility is the day these patterns are broken. Today, we find Argentina in the midst of this blame game. …

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In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Buenos Aires by Kiana

I want to talk about the spirit encapsulated in a small gourd. There are many arguably more important symbols of a city with tumultuous history in government and human rights, but worry about that later. I’m going to focus on the gourd. Every morning, Buenos Aires wakes up and kicks off the day with not coffee, but mate (pronounced maté). …

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I Am Dumb in Spanish

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Buenos Aires by Kiana

There is one way I feel that I can accurately describe my experience thus far with the language barrier. It’s a Monday morning in Spanish class, and I’m explaining the spread of neoliberalism in post World War II Latin American nations. One hour later, I’m in a nail salon, and all I’m able to spit out is “hola….. nails..?” It’s …

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The Argentina Effect

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Buenos Aires by Kiana

People keep commending me for coming here. I think it’s because when they think about Argentina, a nondescript jungle littered with Evita scripts comes to mind. I’d like to take this time to officially settle the matter- Buenos Aires is a large city, and in some ways much like New York. In fact, I live in a sub-section of the …

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El fin

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

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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Don’t cry for me Argentina cause I won’t be crying for you

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Vanessa

Unlike my classmates who aren’t ready to leave Buenos Aires, I can’t wait until I’m boarding my plane back home. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a fantastic time traveling throughout Argentina and Latin America but New York is calling my name. Since I arrived back in August, my sentiment towards Buenos Aires hasn’t changed… I’m not a huge fan. …

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Chau, querido

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Going home is always so strange. Whether I have a great or terrible time, for me, it’s still strange. If the time passed wasn’t so great, I think, “I should’ve given it another chance. I should’ve taken advantage of everything.” If the time passed was great, I think, “I’ll miss it.” Going home is so strange because I never really …