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Learning a New English

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Annabel1 Comment

When I first committed to studying abroad I very badly wanted to immerse myself in a new language. I’ve always been jealous of kids who could casually speak to their family in French, or could pick up a random language after spending the summer in a foreign country. My family is British-Nigerian, so besides a deep knowledge of North London …

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How are ya going?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Sim Tumay2 Comments

Language has always been a major barrier and disadvantage for me during my past travels throughout Europe, South America, and Mexico. However, upon arrival in Sydney, I expected to immediately immerse myself in the culture and hoped to never feel out of place. Once I arrived I felt comfortable because I was able to immediately ask for directions from locals …

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

The greatest disappointment I’ve faced in Sydney thus far has been the lack of exoticity. The city is so similar to metropolitan areas that I’ve lived in before––the wide expanse of Los Angeles, the tropical breeze of Hawaii, the bustling streets of New York––but something always feels off. The city is foreign, but not quite different enough from places that …

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Time and Patience

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Sydney by Sim Tumay1 Comment

Upon arrival in Sydney, I expected to easily find my way around and to have a fairly easy transition to this new environment. The thought of no language barrier and the anticipation that it was a small, beach place similar to my hometown in Florida were the thoughts that I kept telling myself to feel comfortable and stress-free. However, the …

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A Slight Bondi Breakdown

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Sydney by Annabel3 Comments

What’s always drawn me to the ocean is its mystery, and how with its beauty accompanies the notion of no end in sight. It was initially my overly romanticized vision of the great blue sea that solidified my decision to choose Sydney for my study abroad semester, and while I thought the ocean would provide me with  relaxation and some …

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How Ya Goin’ Mate?

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Sydney by Eliana2 Comments

There’s something so refreshing and exciting about removing yourself from your normal life and starting over in a completely new and unknown environment. Yes, it may be daunting moving entirely across the world, (the 22 hour flight from New York to Sydney invoked the most fear for me), but throughout my life, I’ve found that travel makes me a better …