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Pink Chairs

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Rain, shine, sleet, or snow, she’s donning an apron around her waist serving up pastries. I don’t know her name but without fail, she is there every morning with the macarons and croque monsieurs. She is truly a beautiful woman at 5’10” (if I had to place a guess) and is rather slender. She dons a coiffed, auburn ponytail. Basically, …

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Lo(u)v(r)e

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Paris by Zoe2 Comments

It’s no secret that the Louvre is one of the famous museums in not just Paris, but the world. It’s the largest art museum in the world and the most visited art museum with 8.1 million visitors in 2017. The 782,910 square foot museum in the 1st arrondissement is home to approximately 38,000 objects ranging from antiquity to the 21st …

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Those Who Wait

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Paris by ZoeLeave a Comment

I feel good enough where I am – socially, academically, and emotionally – to reflect on… not such a good time: my first two weeks at NYU Paris. The study abroad “experience” is romanticized and glorified by just about everyone, myself included. I had a grand vision of what my experience would be like: fast friends, adventures to far-off places, …

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Books

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Every so often, a “bubble” appears in my travels. A “bubble” is a place that is safe and comfortable to an uncomfortable traveler. I generally try to pop these. Paris, though, is different. My first few weeks here were rather difficult so I sought out any semblance of home and by doing so, found Shakespeare & Company. It’s an English-speaking …

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Time / Travel

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Paris by Zoe4 Comments

Travel is magical. But it’s stressful, exhausting. Every weekend this month, I have a travel expedition scheduled. It isn’t because I’m tired of Paris or anything of the like, it just kind of worked out that way. I’m quite lucky, I will say that, and I don’t mean to complain in the least. That being said, I didn’t entirely anticipate …

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Bringing Up Bebe: A Cultural Comparison of Parenting Styles As Reported On By a Non-Parent

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Paris, Places by Zoe2 Comments

Ever since I was little, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always would, and still do, say “a mom.” I’m not sure where this fascination with children came from but I’ve always been enchanted by them – they’re tiny humans, for crying out loud! How cool is that? My parents raised me …

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4,600 Miles Away

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Let me preface this post by saying gun control in the United States is an immensely difficult and tragic topic to discuss. I apologize if anything in this post is triggering or frustrating to anyone – I’m attempting to share my feelings about this extremely polarising topic while being 4,600 miles away from the US. Last Wednesday, on February 14th, …

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Désolé

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

I confidently sauntered up to the counter at Miznon, a pita sandwich restaurant in Le Marais, menu in hand, and said, “Bonjour! Je voudrais un pitta avec l’agneau kebab, s’il vous plait.” (Hi! I would like a lamb pita, please). To which the man helping me replied, “Do you want any drinks with that?” In. English. It’s a common thing …

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La Parisienne

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Paris by Zoe2 Comments

Different, yes. My first week in Paris has been… different. Not bad, necessarily, but rockier than anticipated. What no one tells you (until you’re in the same situation and reach out for consolation, of course) is that making friends abroad can be hard, really hard. In new situations, people tend to stick with what or who they know, making it …