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K done. K bye.

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Sydney, Farewells by Tyler Finley1 Comment

It is the strangest feeling to be writing goodbye right now. Of course, for the obvious reason of having lived in Sydney for almost four months. But also, because I still have a few more days here. I don’t think I’ve come to terms with parting with the people I’ve met and the places I’ve encountered, and to express sentiments …

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That deli guy: The chronicles of grocery shopping: The lion, the sandwich, and the wardrobe malfunction that I know you want to know about but I’m not telling

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Sydney, Comforts by Tyler Finley2 Comments

Food is inherently tied to the home experience. The smells, tastes, cooking, concocting of a place of comfort and familiarity. We uncover culture through food: the jolting spices of India, the gamey wilderness of Aussie meats, the aged perfectionism of French fromage. But apart from national cuisine identities, we all have a food culture unique to our individual homes. What …

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The trek to find home

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Sydney, Books-2 by Tyler Finley1 Comment

This week, I read Nugi Garimara’s Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. Quite honestly, I’m not entirely sure how to relate the story to my own travels. After all, there is an inspirational journey that Garimara recounts for us about three girls covering hundreds of kilometers to return to their Country, and how can my own journey compare to something like that? …

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The Black Soda Sheep Factory

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Sydney, Great good places by Tyler Finley1 Comment

Thinking back to my dear old travel buddy, Bill Bryson, author of In a Sunburned Country, and considering the idea of a “great good place,” I feel like he would immediately suggest some hotels in Sydney. I would have to agree that, overall, the hotels are little microcosms of everything Aussie: drinking, decor that alludes to English roots, and televisions …

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The texture and identity of the Australian landscape

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art, Sydney by Tyler FinleyLeave a Comment

De Botton refers to Neitzche’s idea that each artist subjectively selects certain elements to depict that encapsulate their vision of a landscape. The Australian landscape is imbued with a dual history, the one illustrated by Aboriginal people and the one illustrated by non-Indigenous Australians. The Indigenous peoples choose to represent songlines and Dreaming of a certain place in their art, …

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The utilitarian as authentic

In Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Sydney by Tyler Finley1 Comment

MacCannell relates travel to a sacred pilgrimage, a sort of modern day soul-search. Coming to Australia, my intentions were to do vague things like “discover myself” or “find meaning.” Now here, I realize such ambiguous notions of the like would not necessarily be graspable anywhere. After all, what does it mean to discover oneself anyway? To do this at all, …