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Disney World?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Maria Alejandra

“Franz said,‘Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. We’ve always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. That’s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. It’s unintentional. It arose independently of human design, like …

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Fak jó!

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Prague by Vivian

Fak jó! or f*** you! That is the question. (… or statement.) Did you know that in Czech “fak jó” (pronounced exactly the same as a rather explicit English statement) means “really” in English? Now you might respond, “fak jó”? And to respond to that, yes, it really does. All jokes aside though, as much fun it is to live …

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Nerozumím česky

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Prague by Maria Alejandra

Yesterday I went on an NYU sponsored trip to Czech Switzerland National Park, a majestic forest filled with unbelievable views that make you feel as if you are in Narnia. (Indeed, some of the shots in the Narnia film series were filmed in this park–my inner child practically skipped up the hill with absolute joy…to the frustration of my legs …

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The Space Between Our Words

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Prague by Alice

Languages are such cunning crafts of culture. They weave into your life and become invisible, discreet. They fuse into your life in ways that you can’t really understand until you leave them and take rest on a foreign shore. One can never really know how much one takes for granted until the sounds and symbols of an unfamiliar place robs …

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Dobrý den, Praha

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Prague by Vivian

Just a couple years ago, I would have been able to sheepishly admit to the fact I had only been to 3 countries over the span of my entire life. Never would I have thought I would be able to spend any span of time over 2 weeks outside of the United States. In fact, for the curious, following were …

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Na Schledanou, Praha!

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Prague by Ankita

I can’t write this post without starting to feel emotional. When I arrived in Prague four months ago, I sometimes wondered how long the semester would feel, being so far away from home. But I blinked, and now it’s gone. I can’t believe the time has come to say good-bye. My friend Vivian — shout out if you’re reading this …

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Czeching Out

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Prague by Mimi

I can’t believe it’s already May. You wouldn’t think so with this weather – some days we’re lucky if we crack 50 degrees. It’s May, Mother Nature! But I also can’t believe this semester went by so fast. Everyone told me this would happen – Prague would become a blur of planes and pivo (and the occasional class project. Remember, …

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A Czech List

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Places, Prague by Abie

First, I apologize for the pun but I only have a few weeks left to use it so cut me some slack. I’d highly recommend Prague to anyone looking fro a study abroad site. The city is beautiful and has so much to offer. The central location is ideal for traveling around Europe. There is a great nightlife and a …

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The 5Ws of NYU Prague

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Prague by Mimi

So this is it. You’re looking at the glossy purple brochures for each NYU Study Away site, trying to decide where you want to spend the next four months of your life. You’ve spoken to upperclassmen, searched NYU Local and obsessively stalked your friends’ Instagram feeds. Each site definitely has its pros and cons, but in the end they all …

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Having a Moment

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 13. Third person, Prague by Mimi

I hear a tinny jingle and look up from my counter to see a girl coming through the door. I’ve seen her before – brown and bespectacled, usually toting an enormous red and black backpack that she is constantly apologizing for after she inevitably sideswipes someone with it. I watch her grand entrance with amusement. Her eyes always look around …