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Learning about Living

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Prague, Tips by Phoebe WalshLeave a Comment

Tips on studying abroad: Pack smart. Bring clothes and shoes that you will actually wear and limit yourself. You’re going to buy things there. Carrying around three large suitcases is difficult and you look pretentious. Spend time with your suitemates. Ask to sit on their beds. Talk about how surprisingly good the bread on this pre-made store-bought sandwich is. Bond. Don’t be …

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A Tramp Abroad

In Florence, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Books (2) by GraceLeave a Comment

I feel I can relate to this novel, A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain because Twain bases most of his explanations off observation. As we discussed in our blog posts about observation, this is a key tool in understanding a foreign culture. I think I learned the most about Italian culture by watching the everyday lives of the Florentine locals. …

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Wild Swans

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Books (2) by Kayla OlivasLeave a Comment

Wild Swans written by Jung Chang, is a novel that tells the life stories of three generations of women. It touches on many different aspects of their lives ranging from struggles they face while living during the Cultural Revolution to issues within their family. The themes of family and male chauvinism were very prominent throughout the novel and, from what …

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In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Tips by Kayla OlivasLeave a Comment

Rather than give tips for studying abroad in Shanghai, I decided to just give tips for studying abroad in general. Here are my 5 tips: 1) Go the unconventional route. Studying abroad is supposed to be an experience. Don’t decide to study away in London because you’re too lazy or too intimidated by the fact that you’ll have to learn …

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In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Mishap by Kayla Olivas1 Comment

It’s expected that spending an entire semester in a foreign country, learning a foreign language, will bring some mishaps… I just didn’t realize how frequent they would be. Fortunately, I haven’t had a huge mishap but rather I’ve had small mishaps every so often. These mishaps weren’t anything too detrimental, but were simple things. One mishap that keeps happening to …

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In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Quote by Kayla OlivasLeave a Comment

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley When I first read this quote, it immediately resonated with me. In my opinion, Shanghai is not a very frequented study away location. Most college students chose to study a semester abroad somewhere in Europe, like Paris, London, Prague, etc. When deciding to study in …