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The Elegant Beauty on the West Lake

In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by IvetteLeave a Comment

The West Lake embodies the genius loci of Hangzhou. The past weekend, I visited Hangzhou for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Amidst the bustling crowds of tourists, it was difficult to apprehend the essence of Hangzhou. The energy of the tourists drowns the tranquility of the lake, carrying me with it. Countless times during my time in Hangzhou, I was frustrated with …

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BOGO Shanghai, 2 for 1 deal!

In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Shanghai by KD1 Comment

A stark income disparity in Shanghai almost makes me view it as two cities in one and I think that is what made capturing the “spirit” so difficult.  As I explore Shanghai more, I have noticed that while the futuristic city of China, there are many reminders of the rural countryside. Making this juxtaposition even more apparent is that these …

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The Elusive Essence of Paris

In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Paris by Saransh1 Comment

To be completely frank, I have not yet discovered the central “spirit” of Paris. Certainly, I have benefited from phenomenal experiences that will never fade from my memory. I have encountered world-renowned landmarks firsthand, attaching myself to antiquated emblems of history. I have immersed myself in the local art scene, frequenting impressionist museums and attending concerts at local venues across …

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Movement

In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Paris by Tessa1 Comment

My friends always comment on how fast I walk in New York.  If we are walking to dinner, or to class, I am always trying to maximize my stride and minimize the amount of time it takes to get from point A to point B.  This isn’t because I am in a rush, however, it’s just because I get caught …

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The Sleeping Spirit

In 4. Genius Loci, Florence, The Art of Travel by Dani Kimball2 Comments

Today, this city revolves around tourism, but it hasn’t always. Florence was the center of art, invention, new ideas, the Renaissance. Centuries of history have walked the Florentine streets. Yet, I’ve found the streets only mirror those historic times when they are empty. I traveled to Lake Como over this past weekend. To get to the lake I had to …

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Hanging onto Tourism

In 4. Genius Loci, Florence, The Art of Travel by Eryn2 Comments

One of the very first things you notice about Florence is the immense tourist presence that hangs around the whole city. It is very known that the city itself relies upon tourists and that many work in order to accommodate those who come to Florence in order to see the david, ponte vecchio, paintings by botticelli and many more historical …

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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 Saransh2 Comments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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