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Living at a Crossroads

In Going Places, London, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Evan PowellLeave a Comment

While the NYU London Academic Centre is in Bloomsbury, a fairly well-to-do, intellectual, & residential neighborhood, I live in a vastly different area—Kings Cross—about a half hour’s walk from campus. Kings Cross is very much influenced by its two most prominent features— the eponymous King’s Cross railway station (famous for Platform 9 ¾) and the equally recognizable St Pancras railway …

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The changing self and the traveller self

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

We have a selection of brushes and colours with which we constantly paint and repaint ourselves. The detailed brush dabbed with brilliant blue is reserved for a certain friend in a specific place. As we move, we change like the most ephemeral mood ring, adjusting our very being to suit the environment. Abandon every brush stained with use, reject every …

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Reality Setting In & The Road to Change

In Going Places, Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Ethan Kraft2 Comments

A week before leaving L.A. for Florence, my family and I went to see “The Trip to Italy”, a comedy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.  The premise of the movie finds the two actors playing themselves, on all expenses paid trip for a British newspaper.  The assignment: to document their travels through the beautiful countryside of Italy, all while …

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Preconceived Notions: Pointless Yet Inevitable

In Going Places, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Kyle1 Comment

Whenever one is in anticipation of anything – be it a trip, a purchase, an interaction – the mind cannot be controlled. Various scenarios are played out in an attempt to alleviate the element of the unknown. But how often are our expectations and predictions accurate? Rarely. Especially if one is anticipating something that (s)he has never experienced. Preconceived notions …

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Madrid: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexplored

In Going Places, Madrid, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Anna RappoportLeave a Comment

About two weeks ago, I finally reached my 20th birthday. After some quick calculations, I realized that I have spent about 2% of my life on planes. While that doesn’t seem like a mind-blowing statistic, to think about how much of my life has been spent simply traveling from one place to another is astounding- even though I probably have …

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Out of My Comfort Zone

In Going Places, Places, Shanghai, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Andrew EisensonLeave a Comment

At the moment I finished the reading Alain de Botton’s “The Art of Travel,” my mind and body were overcome with a pessimistic attitude. I think many can understand and will actually share my first impression of the text, which was, “a pessimistic attitude applied to all forms of travel, that travel takes one out of their comfort zone, and …

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Grimy Dancefloors to Sunny Rooftops

In Berlin, Going Places, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse Wheaton1 Comment

We’re sitting under the ash tree, dangling our legs over the water as the lights of the dock splash against the shore. Rumbling bass pulses through the sand from the bunker on our left and the warehouse on our right. But lets back up to earlier that afternoon. Rebekka came over as the sun splashed red and yellow. We walked down to the canal to catch …