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Holiday Blues

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I hadn’t really been stung by intense homesickness until around Halloween, and then when I started to think about how Thanksgiving was coming up. I love the holidays. Especially, especially the stretch of holidays from October to December. Halloween? The Best. Costumes are fun, and I will take any and all excuses to eat candy and run with it. Thanksgiving? …

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Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

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James Fallows provides an insightful look into the lives of people living in different locations of China in his book Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. In order to write each essay, Fallow goes to where the story is. Using his intuition to guide him, Fallow delves into the situation and interviews the people. Hence, the “reports from China” …

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Watching It Get Dark

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From a literary standpoint, Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” is a marvel. Incorporating the author’s innovative “Iceberg Theory” of restrained narrative development, a unique array of nuanced characters based on real expatriates and a culturally analytical fault line which frames and unravels the Postwar period, the 1926 novel is engaging in both form and content. Above all of its …

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What is Weimar?

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There are 15 crucial years in between the first and second world war during which time Germany evolved from an economically depressed and socially discouraged society into a national socialist regime. This 15 year period, known as the Weimar Republic, gets little attention in history books. Christopher Isherwood paints an important and vivid picture of Weimar Berlin in his novel …

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This Year’s Hottest New Disco: Berlin

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Wladimir Kaminer’s Russian Disco: Tales of Everyday Lunacy on the streets of Berlin is an unconventional travel book of sorts. While not exclusively a breakdown of Kaminer’s experiences moving through a city in a time of such great change, the book is a collection of short anecdotes that provide a holistic representation of post-reunification Berlin. Kaminer moves from Moscow to …

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How Armistice Day Affected my View of Hemingway’s Novel

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Paris recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of Armistice day, or the end of World War I, on November 11th, 2018. While the politically charged energy has waned over the past hundred years, I still tried to imagine what Paris must have been like on that day in 1918. I thought of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun also Rises,” and of disillusioned …

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Lost on Planet China

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For my second book report I read Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid by Jan Maarten Troost. Similar to my first book, this book a humorous take of a foreigner’s experience of China. Over I connected this book …

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An Antique Perspective of a Timeless City

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Diana Athill offers us a lovely peek into her younger years in “A Florence Diary”. “A Florence Diary” is the official transcript of the journal Athill kept while traveling abroad, specifically in Florence for two weeks during the summer of 1947. This short, yet gratifying book, gives beautiful insight into what Florence was like over 70 years ago and, not …

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The Best View of Florence

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“It was pleasant, too, to fling wide the windows, pinching the fingers in unfamiliar fastenings, to lean out into sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and close below, the Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road,” (Forster 28). This brilliant description of waking up in the morning in Florence comes from the book A Room …

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Appreciating Opportunities

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E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View  tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl living in Europe around 1900. Lucy is traveling through Italy with her older cousin Charlotte acting as her companion and chaperone. The book opens as they arrive in Florence, and Lucy’s eagerness to explore the city and admire the art is extremely relatable, especially as …

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Teufelsberg: Berlin’s Graffitied Ruin Is Perfect for Spy Lovers

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Daily Beast: Teufelsberg, in photos, is a tall shaft with a ribbed white vinyl covering stretching up several stories between two globes perched on a four-story concrete building looking out over a dense forest. Yes, you could say it looks phallic. In reality, these globes on the roof of a featureless building once shielded the antennas at the center of …

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Book Review: You and I Eat the Same

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Austin Chronicle: “Food brings everyone together” isn’t a trailblazing theme in literature or television. Most cookie-cutter travel shows center on the prevailing sense that wherever you are in the world, food is a pillar of familiarity and togetherness. But You and I Eat the Same takes the idea of cultural unity, puts it in its crosshairs, and delivers a laser-accurate …

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What would Bourdain do? How to honor the intrepid traveler’s legacy

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CNN: Since Anthony Bourdain’s death, travelers around the globe have been mourning the loss of one of the world’s most gifted storytellers and cultural ambassadors. After rewatching Bourdain’s shows, rereading his books and essays, and tuning in for his last “Parts Unknown” episodes, how else can you linger in Bourdain’s spirit? How can you make sure his unique take on …

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Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2019

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CNN: With its modern design, 15 Michelin-starred restaurants and extremely bike-friendly culture, it’s no surprise that Denmark’s capital has topped Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2019 list. Copengagen‘s street food scene is booming on Refshaleøen, a former industrial area with a food and craft market, Reffen. Tivoli Gardens theme park (one of the world’s oldest) is offering …

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Amsterdam’s Plea to Tourists: Visit, but Please Behave Yourselves

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NY Times: AMSTERDAM — It’s not a problem many vacation destinations spend much effort worrying about or money trying to fix: the wrong kind of tourist. But that is the challenge increasingly faced by Amsterdam, where visitor numbers have shot up more than 60 percent in the past decade, bolstered by low-cost flights, cheap accommodation and the ease of traveling …

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Can the world be saved from overtourism?

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(CNN) — Every week seems to bring new confirmation we’ve officially entered the era of too much tourism. There’s been sand pilfering in Sardinia and Venice visitors threatened with fines for sitting down. Over in Rome, there’s been selfie-based violence and illegal bathing. In Madrid, stringent rules have been put in place to handle Airbnb as locals fear being priced …

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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

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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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