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

In The Art of Travel, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Vanessa2 Comments

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, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G0 Comments

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 …

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A typical day

In The Art of Travel, 13. Third person, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G0 Comments

Her alarm has been going off every fifteen minutes for the past two hours, how does she not hear it? How is she not awake? How can someone be so tired? It’s eleven o’clock and she shuffles into the bathroom with her eyes half open as if it were five AM. She’s lived with me for almost seven months now …

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Tips on Tips on Tips

In The Art of Travel, 14. Tips, Buenos Aires by Matthew G2 Comments

The reality is, NYU Buenos Aires is incredibly insular.  While it is so incredibly convenient that NYU carefully drops us into one of our many abroad sites–where we pay the same price, take classes that transfer back to our home campus, and have access to the same resources–it comes with some drawbacks.  The first, you are constantly surrounded by other …

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Luz Echavarria

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Buenos Aires by Matthew G1 Comment

Luz Echavarria is one of 13 children, and she is exactly in the middle as the seventh child.  She grew up in Buenos Aires, in a home with only three bathrooms where clothes were passed down until they were completely unusable.  She is very close with her family, and keeps in close contact with many of them and regularly attends …

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Abstract Obstacles

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Matthew G1 Comment

I am very late writing this.  I have been trying to think about travel horror stories to share with you all, but I have been very fortunate this semester.  I can retell the time my phone broke while I was in the Argentine city of Mendoza, or I can talk about this weekend when stand-still traffic forced my friend and …

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A Homage to Strangers

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Buenos Aires by Vanessa2 Comments

So for this post, I decided to do something a little different. After reading a prose-poem by Sylvia Molloy, an NYU professor who teaches creative writing in Spanish, I decided to mirror the technique she uses in her piece titled “Homage” where she compiles a list of words, which are mostly adjectives and nouns, and uses these words to talk …

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Roughing It

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G2 Comments

Warning: long and strange post. “It was rough” pretty much became the immediate response to questions about our fall break trip to Bolivia. From the very get-go, the booking of our 10 day long adventure was far more different from the way that I have normally organized weekend getaways or vacations. We booked our round trip flights from Buenos Aires …

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Understanding Argentina

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Alexandra G0 Comments

Although Nicolas Shumway’s The Invention of Argentina does not explain what it is like to travel through Argentina or even really give a representation of the country, it most definitely can help contribute to the understanding of this very strange but vibrant country. Throughout my travels, I’ve run into many other foreign travelers who don’t really know anything about the …