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Travel Troubles

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Florence by Annie2 Comments

Each time I travel to a new country over the weekend, I am faced with the same issue. Not enough time. As I’m leaving a city, I feel as rushed as possible to get to my next mode of transportation, whether it be train or plane. This past weekend was no exception to this pattern. While in London, my friend …

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Tourist Trap!

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Florence by Annie2 Comments

Florence is a city filled with the stereotypical tourist groups. On my way to class each morning, I see large masses of people being escorted by a “trip leader” holding up a flag. The tourists tend to have no idea how to save space on sidewalks for the non-tourists and that is always an annoyance to locals, and/or study abroad …

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Pasta, Pizza, Gelato

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Florence by Annie1 Comment

Food is an essential part of living in Italy. I have consumed enough pasta, pizza, and gelato to last me a lifetime. In fact, I’ve said to myself that I don’t think I will ever want to eat these foods again once back in America. I’ve found my restaurants and gelaterias in the area that I love and return to week after …

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Relaxed Firenze

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Florence by Annie1 Comment

In America, fine dining is often disrupted by the hustle and bustle around us, especially in Manhattan. The servers can be impolite and pushy in order to get their tips. They most likely will rush you or make you feel slightly rushed so that they can seat more customers. In Firenze, fine dining is a completely different experience. The servers …

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A Racial Divide

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Annie1 Comment

A friend of mine told me a story the other day that made my stomach churn. A black student studying in Florence this semester had been harassed by individuals on the street while walking to class during the first week. It had happened repeatedly and when she had reported it to NYU, both her and the school decided that it …

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Parli Inglese?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by AnnieLeave a Comment

After spending the weekend in Venice with two close friends, one of whom is in this class (Hey Marirose!) I feel that I have fully mastered the Italian accent. I’ve taken pride in being the one friend that has a sufficient understanding of the language after having taken Italian 1 last semester. Whenever my group of friends is lost or …

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Ciao di Nuovo (Hello Again)

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Florence by Annie1 Comment

I write this as I sit in my living room after an excruciating headache has made me open up my computer to distract the many thoughts zooming through my brain. The packing list is long, and after sorting through my belongings, I’ve reached the conclusion that I cannot eliminate anything. All of my belongings seem important enough to accompany me to …