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Holiday Blues

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 12. Free topic #2 by Sam1 Comment

I hadn’t really been stung by intense homesickness until around Halloween, and then when I started to think about how Thanksgiving was coming up. I love the holidays. Especially, especially the stretch of holidays from October to December. Halloween? The Best. Costumes are fun, and I will take any and all excuses to eat candy and run with it. Thanksgiving? …

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Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

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

James Fallows provides an insightful look into the lives of people living in different locations of China in his book Postcards From Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. In order to write each essay, Fallow goes to where the story is. Using his intuition to guide him, Fallow delves into the situation and interviews the people. Hence, the “reports from China” …

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Watching It Get Dark

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 11. Second book by SaranshLeave a Comment

From a literary standpoint, Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” is a marvel. Incorporating the author’s innovative “Iceberg Theory” of restrained narrative development, a unique array of nuanced characters based on real expatriates and a culturally analytical fault line which frames and unravels the Postwar period, the 1926 novel is engaging in both form and content. Above all of its …

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What is Weimar?

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by GillianLeave a Comment

There are 15 crucial years in between the first and second world war during which time Germany evolved from an economically depressed and socially discouraged society into a national socialist regime. This 15 year period, known as the Weimar Republic, gets little attention in history books. Christopher Isherwood paints an important and vivid picture of Weimar Berlin in his novel …

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This Year’s Hottest New Disco: Berlin

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Cara1 Comment

Wladimir Kaminer’s Russian Disco: Tales of Everyday Lunacy on the streets of Berlin is an unconventional travel book of sorts. While not exclusively a breakdown of Kaminer’s experiences moving through a city in a time of such great change, the book is a collection of short anecdotes that provide a holistic representation of post-reunification Berlin. Kaminer moves from Moscow to …

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How Armistice Day Affected my View of Hemingway’s Novel

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 11. Second book by AmyLeave a Comment

Paris recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of Armistice day, or the end of World War I, on November 11th, 2018. While the politically charged energy has waned over the past hundred years, I still tried to imagine what Paris must have been like on that day in 1918. I thought of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun also Rises,” and of disillusioned …

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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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An Antique Perspective of a Timeless City

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Dani Kimball2 Comments

Diana Athill offers us a lovely peek into her younger years in “A Florence Diary”. “A Florence Diary” is the official transcript of the journal Athill kept while traveling abroad, specifically in Florence for two weeks during the summer of 1947. This short, yet gratifying book, gives beautiful insight into what Florence was like over 70 years ago and, not …

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The Best View of Florence

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Eryn1 Comment

“It was pleasant, too, to fling wide the windows, pinching the fingers in unfamiliar fastenings, to lean out into sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and close below, the Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road,” (Forster 28). This brilliant description of waking up in the morning in Florence comes from the book A Room …

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Appreciating Opportunities

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Sam1 Comment

E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View  tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl living in Europe around 1900. Lucy is traveling through Italy with her older cousin Charlotte acting as her companion and chaperone. The book opens as they arrive in Florence, and Lucy’s eagerness to explore the city and admire the art is extremely relatable, especially as …