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What’s Strange About the Young?

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Prague by AliceLeave a Comment

When people talk about strangers, children almost never come to mind. There’s something about the innocence of the younger generation that overrides the distinction we make between the familiar and the foreign, even if the children are from a completely different culture and speak a completely different language. Perhaps it’s easier to feel like we know them because they don’t …

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Raining, No Public Transport, Phones Dying, and Host Gone…?

In The Art of Travel, 11. Travails, Prague by Alice1 Comment

I’ve witnessed a great number of travails—losing luggage or passports, getting wallets stolen, having flights delayed and driving for hours in the middle of a snowy night midst the chaos of family and relationship drama, injuries and sicknesses and getting lost. I’ve experienced a couple of these myself, but more often, I’ve been in the position of trying to help …

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Between Love and Betrayal

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Prague by AliceLeave a Comment

Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, unlike the first book I read this semester, depicts Prague from the perspective of a number of citizens living in the city, though some of them are not originally from there. Although the characters move between different locations throughout the book, they spend the majority of their lives in Prague, and their experiences …

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“Place as Art”….or “Art as Place”

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

Although I have been to several art museums in Prague and have learned about important local artists such as Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha; and painter and graphic artist, František Kupka, I will approach this post a little differently. Instead of thinking of “art and place,” I am thinking about “place as art” or “art as place.” I …

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Popping the NYU Bubble!

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Prague by Maria Alejandra

I am actively doing my best to avoid being stuck in the “NYU bubble,” because it is very real and ubiquitous. Going to an NYU study abroad site has its pros and cons, as do most things in life. The application process is relatively easy since all we have to do is write a good essay and maintain a good …

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A Breakup Letter… And A Bit More

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Prague by Vivian

Dear Yelp, I’m sorry to have to write this letter to you. But it is necessary. Despite all our good memories together, the time we’ve spent exploring cities together, and all the amazing food you have introduced me to, I have to say that this relationship of ours cannot last any longer. I’m afraid I have to move on. Being …

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Lightness and Weight

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Prague by Vivian

The first book I had chosen to read for this course is The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, a book that I had been meaning to read for the longest time due to the continuous recommendation from my family and peers. As much as I regret not reading it earlier, I can say that I am unbelievably grateful …