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The Smells of Development

In Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci by Benjamin EnglerLeave a Comment

The genius loci of Shanghai is a dichotomy of development that I see outside of my window each morning. On the one hand, I see the incredible skyline of Lujiazui (pictured above) with the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, and Shanghai World Financial Center. This incredible spectacle shows how rapidly this Chinese city is changing and also represents the vast …

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Sticks of Mystery

In Shanghai, Genius loci by Andrew Eisenson1 Comment

Shanghai is a city full of culture, smell, and sights; each with defining and personal characteristics that can aide one in understanding the people and tradition. For me, the most influential and interesting genius loci lies in the smells of Shanghai. The smells of Shanghai, like any city, mostly differ street to street. Some streets posses the delicious smell of frying garlic …

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Genius Loci of Asturias

In Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci by Anna RappoportLeave a Comment

When asked what Madrid’s genius loci are, it’s very hard to think of specific, concrete things. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Madrid is a fragmented city. It wasn’t built uniformly, but rather by having neighborhoods pop up and attach themselves to the central almond via public transportation. There isn’t one type of madrileño, one type smell or even its …

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A Place’s Outfit

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci by Sally1 Comment

Considering my travels so far, I think the peoples of a place give a place character and more specifically, their way of dress (I would say architecture comes right behind fashion as a determinate of a place’s “spirit”). Maybe its because my parents are in the fashion industry, or because I’ve always viewed clothes as a mode of expression, but …

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Slightly Sulfuric

In London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci by Evan Powell1 Comment

If “the first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it” (Rudyard Kipling), then Iceland takes the cake, because as soon as you step off the plane in Keflavík, the island’s slightly sulfuric smell is impossible to miss. That is, unless you are unable to smell (I don’t mean to be ableist). While certain areas are more potent …

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The White House

In The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci, Washington DC by Sidney3 Comments

As much as I believe there is a lot more to Washington D.C. than politics the “spirit” of D.C. is the political atmosphere. During my semester I have experienced politics in several different ways from attending a house hearing to watching the midterm election results at the Associated Press. The main place that really embodies several aspects of the political …

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Come Bien, Rie con Frecuencia, Ama Mucho

In Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Genius loci by Yanina-Stefania Yasevich4 Comments

It’s 9AM, and every seat in my neighborhood ‘bar’ is taken. Over tortilla española and cafe con leche, the two permanent staples of a Spanish breakfast, businessmen sit discussing the latest market fluctuations. At the adjoining table, señoras gossip about the current neighborhood scandal or telenovela episode. Behind the counter, steam fogs the glass as the espresso machine hisses to attention. The …