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The Strangest of Strangers

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Strangers by Katherine CarranzaLeave a Comment

Strangers are an integral part of the traveling/study abroad experience. I think that the word stranger comes with a negative connotation. People often think “stranger danger”, “don’t talk to strangers”, and other things along these lines – at least I know I do. A stranger is one of those words defined by the absence of something; we define a stranger …

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Lost in London

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Travail by Eric Duan2 Comments

Many of my friends have been cursed with numerous misfortunes that come with traveling. Between stolen phones, lost luggage, and missed flights, the struggle is very real. I have been one of the lucky few to have not lost a significant item or gone through major ordeals while traveling. However, one moment sticks out significantly when I try to think …

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Perpetuating Themes

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Eric Duan1 Comment

The Unbearable Lightness of Being that explores Czech society in the 1960s and 1970s through Tomas, a womanizing surgeon. The book delves into the artistic culture and intellectual life of the Czechoslovakia during the time after the Prague Spring, which helps understand how historical themes continue to perpetuate Czech culture to this day. The book helps illustrate how communism restricted …

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Beyond the Chestnut Trees and into the Countryside

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Name1 Comment

Beyond the Chestnut Trees by Maria Bauer is an emotional and intriguing recount of her return home, to Prague, 40 years after her forced emigration during World War II. Bauer does an excellent job of contrasting the different geographical periods of her life, whether it be prewar Prague in the 1930’s, France, Spain, Portugal, her subsequent move to America and, …