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We’re All Strangers Somewhere

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 12. Strangers by Tia1 Comment

The barrier between strangers and friends is heightened by a difference in language – at times more pronounced than at others.  Simultaneously however, “friendships” that transcend this linguistic divide are particularly meaningful.  Making local friends in Italy has been difficult because of the language barrier, as well as the fact that most young people in Florence live in the suburbs …

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Travelling with Rose-Coloured Glasses

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 11. Second book by Tia1 Comment

In the morning we took breakfast in the garden, under the trees, in the delightful German summer fashion. The air was filled with the fragrance of flowers and wild animals; the living portion of the menagerie of the “Naturalist Tavern” was all about us. There were great cages populous with fluttering and chattering foreign birds, and other great cages and …

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Tourist Trapped in the Age of Social Media

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 8. Bubble by Tia1 Comment

“All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.” This is one of the key arguments of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle.  Although it was first published in 1967, it may as well apply to today, as modern social life becomes increasingly mediated by technology – particularly social media.  When travelling, the impetus has drastically shifted focus from having …

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Vienna Waits For You

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 7. Free topic by Tia1 Comment

You know that you’re hooked on Europe when a weekend spent “at home” instead of travelling feels like wasted time.  In search of more adventure and some time away, I boarded an overnight train from Florence to Vienna on Thursday night, spending 11 hours squished between strangers and clutching my backpack, trying to sleep intermittently, and waking up – in …

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A Room with a View (on Travel and Self-Actualisation)

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book by Tia2 Comments

On the threshold of adulthood, it is easy – even mandatory, perhaps – to find oneself feeling adrift.  In many ways, like travelling, coming of age is fraught with exploration, doubt, isolation, and fulfilment (or sometimes lack thereof).  While travel may embody a physical journey and all of the various psychological implications that come along with that, growing up is …

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In Florence, Where Craft Has Its Day

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 5. The Spirit of Place by TiaLeave a Comment

I am currently preparing to write a story for a magazine on Bianca Saunders, a young menswear designer from London, who recently travelled to the notorious Pitti Uomo, one of the most important men’s fashion tradeshows in the world that is held twice annually in Florence.  In my research for my interview with her, I came across an piece on 1 …

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#ItalyToo?: The Complex Identity Politics of Contemporary Italy, Explained by an Outsider

In 4. Politics, Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018 by Tia1 Comment

TW: Harassment, cat-calling, victim shaming “First they put out, then they whine and pretend to regret it.”  This is an October 2017 headline from Italian newspaper Libero in response to the initial wave of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, allegations that rocked the Western media and led to the downfall of dozens of men in entertainment, journalism, and politics.  But not …