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Contemporary Issues through Art

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Lo normal (1978) – Mónica Mayer I have been to the MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires, various times. The current exhibit is called Verboamérica. The exhibit has a very strong focus on violence, exclusion and the denial and oppression of certain identities throughout Latin America. It is curated in a way that divides the different types of …

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La Pompa

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

Imagine the soap bubbles of your childhood.  Those filmy spheres floating in the air, reflecting flashes of pinks and greens in the light of the sun while you tried to pop them before they drifted to the ground.  As we all talk about ‘the bubble’ this week, this idyllic image fills my head, but the bubble I need to talk …

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Personal Thoughts on Travel 2.0

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

In the past three years alone, I have experienced very different types of traveling. I’ve been on family vacations in big resorts, I’ve lived abroad in two different countries for a year at a time, I’ve spent summers visiting family, I’ve done various road trips including from Connecticut to New Mexico, I’ve travelled with friends only from hostel to hostel, …

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Find your Patagonia.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

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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Students abroad: Culture of University Coddling

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Buenos Aires by Vanessa

The study abroad bubble is real and it’s a pernicious bubble indeed. As of 2017, New York University has twelve satellite campuses and the number of students who are graduating at other NYU portal campuses, which include Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, is only increasing every year. One of NYU’s selling points to weary eyed high school seniors includes its plethora …

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The Land of Unicorns

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

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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A Contradicting View on Immigration

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Argentina, much like the United States, a country founded by immigration. The Spaniards that settled and established the country of Argentina are technically to be considered immigrants. From the moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I quickly learned that Argentina struggles with the idea of native vs. foreign, home vs. abroad, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism. Unfortunately, I find the city and …

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Chatwin’s Patagonia

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Vanessa

When Jorge Luis Borges wrote that all authors “creates [their] own precursors…[their]work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future” he means to say that writers actively seek out the books they want to be influenced by and choose how they want to be influence. This idea is key to understanding how Bruce Chatwin chooses to …

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President Macri

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Matthew G

In November 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, invigorating and shocking different halves of the country.  President Trump established himself on a the very basis of anti-establishment, coming into the world of politics as an outsider, versed in business rather than politics.  On the other half of the Americas, Argentinians watched …

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In the Hands of Activists

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G

Buenos Aires is home to so many people. It is home to immigrants, party-goers, intellectuals, craftsmen/women, indigenous peoples, old and new money, the youth and the elderly. Buenos Aires is a city for every type of person. Something that I truly think most porteños have in common is their political awareness. They are so “woke” here, more than anywhere that …