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Goodbye & “Home”

In Sydney, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Goodbye by Carmen3 Comments

Ahhhh, one final exhale, one last blog for closure. As the semester comes to an end, I am filled with bittersweet feelings of both longing to be somewhere familiar and sadness to leave a place beginning to belong to that category. Yet “familiar” to me here does not mean comfortable. If anything, I have never been more out of my …

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10 Tips for an Amazing Australian Adventure

In Sydney, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Tips by Carmen1 Comment

*Disclaimer: Fair warning that this post is going to contain a ridiculous amount of puns & cheesy humor 1. Would I recommend Sydney? “Aussieloutely Mate!” No, but seriously…. study abroad here if you can. While you may think that Australia is very similar to the U.S., it’s actually a completely different culture once you immerse yourself in it. Sydney has …

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Bruce Chatwin’s “The Songlines”(1987)

In Book #2, Sydney, The Art of Travel Fall 2016 by CarmenLeave a Comment

As many of you have probably gathered from my past blog posts, a large part of my experience here in Australia so far has surrounded learning about the Aboriginal (or First Nation) population. Perhaps it is my Human Rights major coming out or my general interest in social movements about discrimination/racism, but the more I have been exposed to this …

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Knowing When to Share & When to Keep (Travel 2.0)

In Travel 2.0, Sydney, The Art of Travel Fall 2016 by CarmenLeave a Comment

If I’ve got this down right, I am now participating in the new Travel 2.0 culture this very moment by writing this blog. I and my fellow bloggers write about our experiences while abroad, which in turn theoretically offers insight to readers about the do’s and don’ts of possible future travel destinations. When looking at it through a shallow lens, …

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“Be a man, an Australian man”

In The Spirit of Place, Sydney, The Art of Travel Fall 2016 by Carmen1 Comment

What do you think of when you hear “Australia”? Kangaroos, koalas and snakes perhaps. Maybe even surfer girls in bikinis on a beautiful beach. While all of these associations are true, there is one thing that has resonated with me the most: the strive for masculinity. Now I know many of you are thinking “That’s impossible….not everyone in Australia can …