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Culture

In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Paris by Amy1 Comment

The sartorial expressions of a group of people surely make a statement about the culture in which they live. Style can be an indicator of a subculture, like the Teddy Boys in England during the 60’s. Anthropologically speaking, the politics of dress, music, and the other categories that fall under the overarching term ‘culture’, show an interplay of symbols and …

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Chinese Dialect

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by IvetteLeave a Comment

This past weekend I left Shanghai to go to Enping. Enping is 2.5 hours away from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. It is a second-tier city famous for their hot springs. Shockingly, in comparison to the metropolis of Shanghai, I thought that the food in Enping was better and the people seemed friendlier. Now, this may only be the case because I …

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Foreign Familiarity

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel, Paris by Saransh1 Comment

Unsurprisingly, knowing French while living in France has proven to be extraordinarily convenient in a practical sense. Furthermore, honing an understanding of the language has provided me with a comforting sense of emotional familiarity and belonging, a privilege that I did not expect to enjoy so quickly. For years, my relationship with the language was confined to classroom settings. Having …

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German? Piece of Cake!

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel by Cara1 Comment

Leading up to my departure to Germany, I was constantly assaulted with questions regarding whether or not I had any background in German. These inquiries prevailed throughout the summer and whenever I would respond that no, I would be taking an elementary German course during the semester, my interrogators would throw out a few basic German phrases that they knew …

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Language & Confidence Development

In 3. Language by Tessa1 Comment

One of the reasons I chose to study in Paris is because of the language barrier I knew I would encounter.  I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and go to a country that was entirely alien to everything I know and am comfortable with.  It was a scary choice to make and a daunting task to …

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Constant Struggle

In 3. Language, Florence, The Art of Travel by Eryn1 Comment

Italian has always been a language i’ve wanted to learn. For one because I am Italian and the second reason being it is such an interesting and historical language. I remember my older brother saying that he wished he would’ve taken a language when he was in college so I thought I should give it a try. I also knew …

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Mi Dispiace

In 3. Language, Florence, The Art of Travel by Dani Kimball1 Comment

By day two, my heart had been broken. Twenty-four hours after I had climbed off a connecting flight, I sat with a group of potential friends beneath street-level in a stone-walled cellar of a tiny restaurant. Our tour guide recommended the spot to us and said it was her favorite place by the Duomo. At this point it was too …

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From Sardinia To The Sangre De Cristo Mountains: How Travel Influenced The Writings of D.H. Lawrence

In Florence News, News, Art of Travel News by ProfLeave a Comment

Literary Traveler: “Comes over one an absolute necessity to move.” If one quotation could sum up a person’s life, this opening line from the travelogue Sea and Sardinia may best epitomize one of the most scandalous and autobiographical writers of the 20th century: D.H. Lawrence. From the first time he left England in 1912 to his untimely death in France in …

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What to Do if Your Flight Is Delayed or Canceled

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NY Times Frugal Traveler: As menacing clouds hung heavy over Lower Manhattan, I cruised toward the Holland Tunnel on my way to Newark Liberty International Airport. I refreshed the flight status for my United Airlines flight, and the airline’s app showed an on-time departure. Two minutes later, I refreshed it. A red bar suddenly appeared on my smartphone — the flight …

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“Genius Loci” in Santa Croce complex, Florence, Sept. 20-22

In Florence News, News, Art of Travel News by ProfLeave a Comment

The Florentine: Let the spirit of Santa Croce sink in over this three-day event hosted by Controradio. “Genius Loci” refers to the soul of a place—and what place has a more distinct one than the Temple of Italian Glories? Organized in two marathon sessions (6pm-midnight September 20 and 21) and one shorter spurt (6-7.30am September 22), the event explores the …

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Voluptuous Panic: Babylon Berlin

In Berlin News, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, News, Art of Travel News by ProfLeave a Comment

New York Review of Books: “In the streets of Berlin, one is often struck by the momentary insight that someday all this will suddenly burst apart,” observed the critic and journalist Siegfried Kracauer in a 1926 essay on the city’s picture palaces. Because of its fragility, the irreconcilable forces that threatened it, and the apocalyptic air that came to enshroud …

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Venice to separate tourists and locals over busy May Day weekend

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CNN Travel: Venice has come up with a new plan to cope with the huge numbers of visitors that continue to strain its infrastructure: segregating locals and tourists. Ahead of one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year, the Italian city is implementing new measures that will restrict the movement of visitors and turn away some motorists. The extraordinary …

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NYU Admits Most Selective and Most Diverse Class in History

In Uncategorized, NYU News, News by ProfLeave a Comment

After reading through more than 75,000 admissions applications for its campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai (a 12 percent increase over last year, and more than 100 percent increase over 2007), NYU has as of today notified 15,722 prospective students of their acceptance to NYU’s class of 2022. For the first time in NYU history, the initial acceptance …

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10 untranslatable Italian phases we need in English

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Matador: EVERY LANGUAGE has phrases or words that can stump a local when translating to an outsider. Italian has many untranslatable terms that are woven into not only the language but culture, too. If learning Italian, it’s important to know how to use “Mamma mia!” without automatically saying “here we go again” and fill your plate at an “apericena” buffet. Here …

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29 signs that you’ve gone full Australian

In Sydney News, News, Art of Travel News by ProfLeave a Comment

Matador: IT’S HAPPENING. You start asking people how they’re “going.” Most of your sentences end in “eh” or “mate.” You’re fiercely loyal to either Woolies or Coles. And you know what a “drop bear” is… or isn’t. You can’t deny it — you’re becoming more Aussie by the day. 1. “Far out!” is your response to pretty much everything. 2. …

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10 untranslatable German terms

In Berlin News, News, Art of Travel News by ProfLeave a Comment

Matador: THE GERMAN LANGUAGE is ranked as one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn as both are a branch of the West Germanic language tree. That said, German can also be a complicated language to directly translate as words are often a conglomeration of multiple words, forming words we just don’t have in English. Often times, these words …

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In Florence, Finding the Legacy of One of Literature’s Great Couples

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New York Times: They were an unlikely couple: he a young writer, dashing and ambitious, she a highly lauded poet six years his senior, a middle-aged invalid whose father kept her housebound. But when Robert Browning sent Elizabeth Barrett a fan letter in January 1845 — “I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,” he gushed — …

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