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Full of Thanks and Full of Food

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 13. Thanksgiving, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

Despite growing up in a household heavily influenced by Chinese tradition, being an American-born Chinese, I have never missed a year of festive Thanksgiving celebrations. Whether with friends or family, Thanksgiving is a must every year. My family has always spent it together, whether it meant eating at home or going to a neighbor’s house for a huge potluck party. …

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Hello, Stranger

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 12. Strangers, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

When you live in a foreign country, especially somewhere you barely understand the language (let alone speak it) you tend to settle in a strangely comfortable spot of expecting little to no interaction with strangers. Combine that with a culture where people are much more reserved and tend not to make small talk, you find yourself keeping to yourself most …

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Trespassing Country Borders

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 11. Travails, Prague by VivianLeave a Comment

If you asked people, “what is one thing you want to do before you die?”, quite a number of them would respond with “travel the world”. Which I find particularly interesting especially because the word “travel” is thought to come from the word “travail”, or even a Middle English word meaning torment, labor, or work strenuously.While traveling abroad has been …

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Prague: a City of History, Color…and Lack of Diversity

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 14. Tips, Prague by Maria AlejandraLeave a Comment

I would recommend NYU Prague to anyone who is contemplating studying abroad. Although it is getting more exposure in travel blogs and the like, I feel as if Prague is still an unknown city to many. When I told people I was going to Prague, many people had trouble repeating its correct pronunciation. Others asked in what country it is …

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What’s Strange About the Young?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 12. Strangers, Prague by Alice1 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 Fall 2017, 11. Travails, Prague by Alice2 Comments

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 …