Sean Oh

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Strangers to Friends?

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

Imagine being dropped off in a country where no one understands or wants you, a country in which you are described as a racial minority and one in which nationalistic and racist sentiments have only continued to rise. Naturally, you turn towards solidarity and a community who can not only identify with you but also feel compassion and sympathy. Such …

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Freedom to Fly

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Prague by Sean Oh2 Comments

It had been an exhausting day of traveling and my friends and I were just returning home. We often enjoyed Googling “Fun and interesting things to ponder about” to see what would come up and instigate conversation. Some of the topics were heavy and cliché like “what is the meaning of life” while other were more goofy, asking “Would you …

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Communist Resurgence

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

Once under the totalitarian regime of Soviet Communism, the Czech Republic, like its many neighbors, still harbors the legacy of pain and oppression that has not only stunted growth on several occasions, but has also brought about a backwards mentality that has been growing increasingly prominent in recent years. To fully understand the current political situation in the Czech Republic, …

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When English Failed me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

During my solo adventure to Poland, I found myself agreeing over and over with Dave Berry’s quote, “Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” I have traveled abroad before, to South Korea, …

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Beyond What is Seen

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

Hello! My name is Sean Oh and I am a sophomore in Gallatin studying International Law and Sustainable Development. I am currently studying aboard in Prague to get a better understanding of Central Europe. This is actually my first time in Europe so I am both very excited and nervous for the semester to come. My concentration is a combination …