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“London is indisputably the capital of literature.” – Anna Quindlen

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Jess Littman1 Comment

At the beginning of Anna Quindlen’s Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City, the author and narrator arrives in the neighborhood of Soho in a taxi. I am immediately excited that she’s mentioned Soho, because I know where that is – just a short walk from the NYU dorm where I live. She goes on to get …

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Stereotypes of a Big Country Misunderstood

In Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Cyrus1 Comment

Troost’s book, ‘Lost on Planet China’, is riddled with hilarious and relatable one-liners. He covered his experiences very comprehensively, from leaving California to his voyages in China. One of the most relatable sections for me was his description of the Chinese language. While Troost claims to  be a quick language learner, a man who could say ‘Cheers!’ in eight languages, …

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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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Sin City

In Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Andrew GrahamLeave a Comment

Harriet Sergeant’s “Shanghai” provides a startling rendition of old Shanghai, one that genuinely made me view the historic Puxi area through an entirely new lens. I have written extensively about the ever-changing landscape of Shanghai in my posts; from my very first blog entry when I described a 20 year time lapse of the city, to a more recent one …

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The Curious Tales of Tall Tim and Sneaky Shinto

In Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Yanina-Stefania Yasevich2 Comments

“An Englishman following a Belgian across Spanish fields towards their French donkey, I could hardly avoid contemplating our collective past as Europeans, the past of that multinational medieval parade into Santiago, the past that some of us at least seem to have subsequently forgotten. I was more of a world citizen, and somehow more of a human.”[1] An indefatigable traveler, …