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That Ubiquitous Dark

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Prague by AliceLeave a Comment

It’s easy to think that people different from you are all the same. It’s easy, for example, to assume that all Asians are good at math, or skinny and small, or that they all look East Asian, with narrow eyes and dark hair. It’s also easy to assume that all Christian, lower-class white suburbans who live in the south are …

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Tomio Okamura: Racist Czech-Japanese Politician who claims he can’t be racist

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

I will not deny the fact that a part of me decided to study abroad again to escape Trump’s U.S. It was not long before I found out that—surprise surprise—Czech politics are not all that great either. The rise of conservative, right-wing, parties and politicians seems to be a universal phenomenon. I first learned this the hard way in Paris. …

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Beyond The Surface

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Prague by Vivian1 Comment

Prague has an incredibly elusive spirit. Not only is it hard to understand for newcomers and foreigners, but I would dare say that even its citizens don’t fully understand its identity yet. For a nation that has suffered through, been divided by, and most importantly, survived countless historical traumas, I wouldn’t expect anything else. The city’s spirit permeates everywhere, from …

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Co Je Doma, To Se Počítá. — What’s at home, counts.

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Prague by AliceLeave a Comment

How does one get at the essence of a place without burdening the reader with too much boring detail? That is probably one of the biggest questions that plagues all writers. At least, it has plagued me for as long as I’ve been writing seriously enough to worry. This, especially, is difficult. How do I convey the feeling of living …

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Where Do I Find Myself

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Alice1 Comment

Everyone who has visited Prague probably remembers their first sight of the city. Whether it is the red rooftops, the pastel colors, or the lovely architecture, it is a city to be admired and enjoyed. For me, foreign to the European city-scape in general, the picture-perfect quality of streets were extraordinary. It was like everything had been planned and coordinated …

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Disney World?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

“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 VivianLeave a Comment

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 Alejandra1 Comment

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 …