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Lost on Planet China

In The Art of Travel, Shanghai, 11. Second book by KD1 Comment

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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The Art in Building B: The Mysterious Museum

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Shanghai by KD1 Comment

Communism is known for its propaganda. China is known for its propaganda. While propaganda is subtler in today’s time utilizing platforms like YouTube (Ironically banned within China…thus propaganda for the English-speaking world) and public-school textbooks it is still a large part of Chinese culture. Propaganda communicates China’s domestic and international pursuits and relations while helping to solidify a Chinese Identity. …

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Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Shanghai by KD1 Comment

For the first book I read Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman’s Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own by Polly Evans. Many of Evans’s adventures relate to the future travel post “Bubbles” but I think her trip a Chinese massage parlor is one of my favorites. Briefly, Evans’s is sick and the Chinese medicine (jasmine …

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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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Guide to surviving Australia if the snakes, spiders, and sharks don’t get you first

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, Sydney, 14. Tips by KD2 Comments

Well… umm… Tips? The semester is wrapping up and I have no idea but that is okay. I went to Australia completely unprepared (disregarding all of New York University’s pre-semester abroad tips. Whoops, Sorry) but have had a great time and anyone who has the opportunity should go for it! I guess one piece of advice would actually contradict with …