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Finding Bliss in a Busy Place

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Bliss by Kerry Candeloro0 Comments

Wearing my iPod earbuds, I step off the escalator of the Underground and look down at my phone- 10:30pm. It’s been a long day. Work at 10:30am- Class at 2pm- Show at 7:30pm; pretty much my typical schedule these past few weeks. Rushing around to catch the transit and scrambling to find semi-quick, semi-cheap, and semi-healthy(ish) meals in the midst …

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The Struggle Travels in My Suitcase

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Travail by Michael Frazier6 Comments

I should have saved my post for spring break for this week—haha—but netherless I have plenty of struggles to share. I think the most burdensome struggles I’ve had to face was my travel bookings and the subsequent financial strains. By the time I return to the states, I will have traveled to eight countries, including England (currently writing this from …

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Back in the Motherland

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Kerry Candeloro2 Comments

Every time I return to Italy feels like I’m coming home. There’s this surge of familiarity that hits me as soon as I step onto Italian soil and I suddenly feel comfortable in what other people might call a foreign land. Do I know any family members that are still living in Italy? Unfortunately no. Are my Italian language skills …

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The Only Thing “Strange” is the Way We’re Viewed

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Michael Frazier6 Comments

In the past week I have encountered many “strangers” and have been regarded as a stranger myself. It was spring break for NYU London this past week and I decided I was going to go backpacking on my own through Athens, Greece and Interlaken/Bern, Switzerland. Being on my own, and encountering new people, has really shaped how I view myself …

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Sketches of London

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Michael Frazier0 Comments

For my second book I chose Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens. Like Virginia Woolf’s The London Scene, this  collection of essays depict London and it’s people. Dickens lived right around the NYU London area in Bloomsbury (one of the houses he lived in is one block away from my dorm). In his writing he includes streets, places, and parks …

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British People For Dummies

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Kerry Candeloro1 Comment

American New York Times journalist Sarah Lyall begins The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British with a David Letterman-esque “Top Ten” list about the top ten signs that she had finally adjusted to living in Britain after marrying her English husband Robert. Lyall’s book is like a crash course in the British psyche, delving into everything from Mrs. Thatcher to hedgehogs and how …

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Whiskey and Kilts

In London, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Genius loci by Michael Frazier4 Comments

A poem I wrote as I was on the train back to London from Edinburgh, Scotland: Cashmere, whiskey, Scots. Night: loud chants; Day: bag pipes Wool, haggis, kilts, stone. Scotland was the peak of Arthur’s seats, the panoramic view of Ben Nevis, the corridors of Edinburgh castle, and the low murmurs of voices in eclectic cafés. It was kilts and …