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“There’s nowhere else like London.” -Vivienne Westwood

In Quotidian life, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jess Littman1 Comment

I used to think of living abroad as something that had an adjustment period: after a certain predetermined length of time, I’d get used to it and there would be no more surprises. After five weeks in London, I’m starting to realize that the adjustment is ongoing. While there are many things that are no longer unfamiliar, I’m still discovering …

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“On the Exotic” British English

In Communicating, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

On Sunday, I had the privilege of meeting with my AP Literature teacher from my senior year of high school. My graduating class was the last class she taught at our small Catholic high school before pursuing a second master’s degree at Oxford University. Having since graduated from Oxford, she now researches at Royal Holloway, University of London as part …

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Wayfinding the Mind: The Active Walker

In Wayfinding, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

While navigating the streets of London these past few weeks, I’ve had a continuous dialogue with a New Yorker article I read recently titled “Why Walking Helps Us Think” by Ferris Jabr. In it, Jabr argues the “curious link between mind and feet” as he explores the powerful effect walking has on thinking and writing. He provides scientific evidence that …

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May I Get a Glass of Water… Please?

In Communicating, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally1 Comment

Because London is an English speaking nation, there would be no communication issues, right? Wrong. Before reading Flaubert’s take on the exotic, I never recognized street signs, gestures, and decorum as a form of communications here in London. I regarded London as a metropolitan city much like  Los Angeles or New York. I mean, Los Angeles and New York are …

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“The English language is nobody’s special property.” – Derek Walcott

In Communicating, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jess Littman1 Comment

Communication is relatively easy here in London because I am a native English speaker. I am already starting to use British slang, both consciously (I must always remember that “pants” means underwear, or risk embarrassing myself) and unconsciously (I’ve started saying “I’ve got” in place of “I have” most of the time without trying). These are examples of British slang …

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Living at a Crossroads

In Going Places, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

While the NYU London Academic Centre is in Bloomsbury, a fairly well-to-do, intellectual, & residential neighborhood, I live in a vastly different area—Kings Cross—about a half hour’s walk from campus. Kings Cross is very much influenced by its two most prominent features— the eponymous King’s Cross railway station (famous for Platform 9 ¾) and the equally recognizable St Pancras railway …

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Thank God For Technology

In Wayfinding, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally1 Comment

The first day my roommate and I arrived, we decided to take a quick trip to the market to buy necessities for the upcoming week – toiletries, water, snacks. Our quick trip down the street to the local market turned into a hour trek around the neighborhood. We probably should’ve listened to the RA’s directions more carefully. Regardless, we found …

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Happily Surprised

In Going Places, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally2 Comments

I didn’t come to London with great expectation. I knew I had to take advantage of NYU’s study abroad program whilst a student and of all the options, London seemed the most promising in terms of academics: London doesn’t have a language requirement, therefore I wouldn’t have to expend credits here. I’m a big fan of Nick Hornby author of …

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” -Confucius

In Going Places, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jess LittmanLeave a Comment

Alain de Botton’s view of travel as outlined in the first two chapters of his book seems to me to be very limited. De Botton sees travel only as personal, as a way to escape one’s life. He is pessimistic about the prospect, finding in the first chapter that when he takes vacations he cannot escape his miserable mindset and …

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Cheers!

In Introductions, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Sally2 Comments

It’s only the first week of September and I’m already sporting my leather jacket and beanie. I, unfortunately, undermined the multiple warnings from my friends and family and was not prepared for the brutal wind and rain I’ve already experienced in my one week here. Mind you I’m from Los Angeles where the weather is hot and dry – the …

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“London is a roost for every bird.” – Benjamin Disraeli

In Introductions, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jess Littman3 Comments

I’m Jess, and I ended up in London by accident. I’m a senior in Gallatin, and up until last spring I was not considering studying abroad. Then I had a random conversation with two students who said that studying abroad was the best experience of their lives. They asked me why I had decided not to, and I honestly couldn’t …