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My Advice to You

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Sydney, 14. Tips by Eliana1 Comment

Back in September when I was thinking about where I wanted to study abroad, Sydney originally didn’t even make it into my top 3 options. I had alway envisioned studying somewhere in Europe, and Australia seemed like the farthest place on Earth. About a week before sending in my application, my mom called me urgently. “Don’t go to Paris”, she …

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Day of Silence

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 7. Free topic, Sydney by Eliana2 Comments

The cab driver repeats the word. “Nyepi.” My friends and I give him puzzled looks, never having heard this term before. “Everything close down” he explains in broken English. “No stores, no cabs, no lights..” We’re still unsure of what he means, but when we get home from lunch and type “Nyepi” into Google, we start to panic. Nyepi Day, …

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The Travel Bubble

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 8. Bubble, Sydney by Eliana1 Comment

Throughout my life, I’ve experienced two very different means of travel. The first approach, traveling in a bubble, is enjoyable for sure; the bubble has allowed me to create a sense of home and familiarity, and to skirt the inevitable discomforts of visiting a foreign country. But this is problematic, too. By staying within the bounds of comfort, we are …

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“In A Sunburned Country”: Bill Bryson’s Journey and What It’s Taught Me

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Sydney by Eliana2 Comments

When I was 2, my parents decided to get rid of our television, a decision that turned out to have a major impact on my life. Aside from the fact that I never understand my friend’s references to childhood TV shows, reading became the constant source of entertainment for my siblings and I. In the summers, when we were home …

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Reclaiming a Sense of Adventure

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 5. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Eliana1 Comment

“Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead My first week in Sydney, most of my time was spent moving into my dorm, and running around to different planned group outings and orientations, which were all centered around Chinatown, where our dorm is located, and Sydney’s Central Business District (much like the Financial District in …

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New Beginnings

In 1: Awakenings, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Sydney by Eliana2 Comments

There’s something so refreshing and exciting about removing yourself from your normal life and starting over in a completely new and unknown environment. Yes, it may be daunting moving entirely across the world, (the 22 hour flight from New York to Sydney invoked the most fear for me), but throughout my life, I’ve found that travel makes me a better …