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Stuck in London

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Florence by Isabel1 Comment

To start, I’d like to say that a part of me wishes I didn’t have so many stories of travel mishaps, but to err is human, so my life story is full of them. Perhaps the most frustrating “travail” moment happened when I was traveling back to Florence from London. In fact, this is probably one of the worst travel …

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Goethe Day

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Expectations are high when you commit to studying abroad in a place like Florence, and expectations only get higher when you realize you’ll be living near Dante and the like. The passages I found most interesting from Goethe, although he discusses the far, wide, beautiful country this is, are the passages on Venice, our experiences and expectations quite different. Having …

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The OG Davide

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

I’ve lived in Florence for about three and a half months, and I only saw the David yesterday. The David is Michelangelo’s arguably greatest creation, a seventeen-foot giant, muscular, contrapposto freestanding figure completed in 1504. I saw a lot of his work this break, including the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. But Florence is the capital of the Renaissance, …

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A Tramp Abroad

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Florence by Isabel2 Comments

Twain’s accounts of traveling through Europe in “A Tramp Abroad” are very candid, filled with notes for the future and general observations of the things he and his friends saw. When he finally gets to Italy near the end of the book, I found a few sections that I could relate to, connect to, or disagree with. The first was …

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Show the World You Got It

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I don’t think I ever expected a completely authentic experience when coming to NYU Florence. Florence is such a tourist city, a mecca of tour buses and selfie sticks, almost inescapable. I certainly didn’t expect a Jhumpa Lahiri moment, I’m not about to publish In Other Words. I really thought, to fully immerse, I’d have to learn Italian in its …

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Tale of Two Lenses

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by sabeena

I love The Lonely Planet. Before any trip I’ve ever had, I’ve searched their website for a city guide, and if they haven’t had it, I’ve unenthusiastically gone to TripAdvisor. Travel 2.0 has helped my life, and even The Lonely Planet and Google Maps leaves me lost in paradise. What I find more impactful is the role of social media …

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A Dish Best Served Wireless

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by Isabel

There is a bit from standup comedian Aziz Ansari that I absolutely love about the age of smartphones. He discusses how we generally feel the need to have the best of the best, and often times we will research to no end in order to have it. His first example is perfect; finding a toothbrush. He explains that before leaving …

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Spin Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Florence by sabeena

I’m the type to get lost in my own neighborhood. I’ve reached a point where I’ve gotten lost so many times that I believe my disregard of direction is a personality trait. I allow others, when traveling, to assume the role as mapper, that is the safest plan. But when I’m going places alone, it is an orchestration. A deep …