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Ode to the driving loafer

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Style by Daniel McElroy1 Comment

I think we’re all fairly well acquainted with the stereotype that European men typically dress better than their American counterparts. From clothes that actually fit properly to more effort than just a t-shirt and jeans (unless the look is intentional), the men of this continent have their style figured out. I’ve been making this observation to different degrees as I’ve …

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Authenticity and the internet

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid, Travel 2.0 by Daniel McElroy1 Comment

Travel is always about discovering. To some extent, everyone who travels anywhere is trying to discover something new—they want a change of scenery or a change of culture or a change of pace. Obviously, however, travel today looks very different from travel fifty years ago and even ten years ago, because our methods and options for discovery change drastically with …

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Country of contradictions

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Books (1), Madrid by Daniel McElroyLeave a Comment

Spain is a country full of contradictions, variety and opinionated people; its relatively tiny area is well past saturated with all of those things, which can make exploring the country for a visitor—or even a short-term resident—quite the daunting task. How do you get to feel like you ‘know’ Spain, when ‘Spain’ itself is not easy to understand, and even …

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Regular chaos, or Homestays are the best

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Routine, Madrid by Daniel McElroyLeave a Comment

If living in a homestay means one thing, it’s routine, routine, routine. When you move into a family’s home you’re also moving directly into their lives and their routines, which are likely going to be a bit more consistent than most university students, and which they probably aren’t going to change for your sake. Sometimes this is awesome, and sometimes …

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Free WiFi

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Routine, Madrid by Maggie Boreham1 Comment

It’s easy to romanticize travel. All the stories that I tell my friends or post make life sound much more exciting then it is.  The truth is though, that  I choose to show about 20% of what happens in my daily life. So now, for the first time ever, I will reveal to you my average Madrid Monday: everyone’s favorite …

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Failure to Flirt

In The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Language, Madrid by Maggie Boreham1 Comment

It’s difficult for me to choose a time within the last three weeks where the language barrier has made me feel like a “near-idiot.” For you see…. There are just so many time this has happened. Just like any Pre-Med student—thinking they are already a doctor, and dishing out health advice to their friends like they are WebMd—I, as a …

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In Arriving, The Art of Travel Fall 2015, Madrid by Maggie BorehamLeave a Comment

When I boarded the plane to Madrid, I was filled with all sorts of anxieties: Did I pack too much? How well do I actually know Spanish? How is my über high-maintenance American digestive system going to manage Spanish cuisine? For the entire duration of the 8 hour 56 minute flight from Dallas these thoughts bounced around in my head. …