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Just Let Things Be

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Kaylyn Kavi1 Comment

In his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera seems to tell a surface plot about the main character Tomas and his sexual exploits as he struggles to strike a balance between the different kinds of love that he feels for his wife as opposed to his many mistresses. But underneath these very candid concerns, Kundera remains obsessed with …

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Typical Czech everything right here! Come inside!

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Authenticity by Name2 Comments

MacCannell’s analysis of what tourism is, the motivations of tourists, and the general landscape of tourism throughout the world was definitely an interesting read. All the while that I’ve been abroad I knew, deep down inside, that the guided tours, museum walkthroughs, and many other “genuine and authentic” experiences were being faked in front of my eyes. However, it took …

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How light really is our being?

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Name1 Comment

Milan Kundera’s “An Unbearable Lightness of Being” is set mostly in the Czech Republic during the Russian invasion and occupation of the country following the socialist reform attempts of 1968. Throughout my reading of the book, Prague seemed nothing more than a communist-run backdrop for Kundera’s philosophical tale of an intellectual womanizer to take place in. In fact, with a …

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Golden Prague

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Katherine CarranzaLeave a Comment

A Romantic Education is Patricia Hampl’s memoir, documenting her experience in the Czech Republic and her adventure exploring her Czech heritage. Hampl takes a three week sojourn in (then) Czechoslovakia to discover her roots and understand where her family truly hails from. During this trip, she also wants to understand how memory and history converge, as well as how the …

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In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Eric DuanLeave a Comment

“Prague: A Novel” by Arthur Phillips follows the lives of five American expatriates who are living in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Immediately, I wondered why the setting of this book is in Budapest. Is it not titled “Prague: A Novel”? The irony of this title and the location actually comes back to symbolize the desires of each and every …

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Past to Present

In Walking, Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015 by Eric Duan1 Comment

This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to visit and explore much of Poland. A couple friends and myself went to go see Warsaw, Krakow, and Oswiecim from Friday until Sunday night. I saw so much, from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the city center of Krakow to the reconstructed Old Town of Warsaw. The experiences were irrevocable, and I would say …