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We All Have Issues

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Sydney by Flurin1 Comment

How the political climate in America is viewed by the rest of the world, seems to be very strange right now. This is particularly true here in Australia, where, from what I have gathered, a lot of the political cues are taken from the US. On the one hand, I get the sense that US politics is seen as a …

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Vote Yes

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Since the day I entered Sydney, I heard talk on the news, radio, in restaurants, anywhere and everywhere about Australia’s Marriage Equality Postal Survey. At the moment, same-sex marriage is still illegal in Australia. This definitely surprises me, considering that the areas of Australia that I have seen or heard of are relatively laid back and socially progressive. Also, there …

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History in the Sand

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Nicolas1 Comment

Attempting to uncover the identity of certain cities can be an incredibly demanding task.  On the surface, particular locations become blurred when compared amongst the vast network of multicultural global cities that have taken full form in the 21st century. On the other hand, preformed expectations and stereotypes can also work to alter and hide the defining features of locations. …

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An Unexpected Underground

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by Falynn2 Comments

I learned quite quickly that Sydney is a pretty straight forward city. Larger streets run north and south, like George Street, and smaller ones run east and west. Although not so grid-like, Sydney’s streets are similar to those of New York in that there’s a pretty clear path and direction. Something I didn’t know, but realized through exploring, is that …

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New City, Same Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Sydney by FlurinLeave a Comment

“All type of knowledge, ultimately means self knowledge.” – Bruce Lee Arriving in Sydney I would have thought that my brain would start to map the city by first remembering where all the big buildings and landmarks are, and then work on the finer details from there. However, what I learned is that mapping a city is a highly personalized …

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G’day Mate

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

Learning how to handle expectations can be an extremely difficult, and at times, disorienting task. Whether you’re experiencing a different cuisine, trying out a new product you just purchased, or judging the value of an alternative service you just received, regardless of the outcome, it’s easy to fall victim to feelings of dissatisfaction and regret. Yet, often when you are …

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Born Again in Sydney

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Sydney by Nicolas2 Comments

It’s amazing how one’s perspective changes after arriving at a foreign destination and diving headfirst into new experiences.  Perspective towards becoming more open minded; towards testing one’s boundaries and conquering one’s fears; towards living in the present, with few thoughts about what is ahead, and what was left behind. My name is Nicolas and I am a sophomore studying business …