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In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 14. Tips, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Florence, Italy is not an authentic Italian experience unless you make it one. I certainly wish I knew the diversity of Florence before coming, that’s certainly something I did not know much about and NYU wasn’t super clear about. I do wish I did a homestay sometimes, but I am not obsessed with Italian culture or set on being an …

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I’ve Got Sunshine on a Goethe Day

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 10. Books (2), Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Expectations are high when you commit to studying abroad in a place like Florence, and expectations only get higher when you realize you’ll be living near Dante and the like. The passages I found most interesting from Goethe, although he discusses the far, wide, beautiful country this is, are the passages on Venice, our experiences and expectations quite different. Having …

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The OG Davide

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 9. Art & Place, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

I’ve lived in Florence for about three and a half months, and I only saw the David yesterday. The David is Michelangelo’s arguably greatest creation, a seventeen-foot giant, muscular, contrapposto freestanding figure completed in 1504. I saw a lot of his work this break, including the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. But Florence is the capital of the Renaissance, …

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Windows As Eyes To The Soul

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 4. The Spirit of Place, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

“The landscape always fools us, and I imagine always will.” – Lawrence Durell Trying to picture what Italy is like is a constant battle to push stereotypes out. Pasta, pizza, gelato, wine … Of course, there’s the infamous Cinque Terre houses, bright and perched upon the Ligurian Sea. What is it about these little houses, villages full of only four …