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Hectic Reality

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Places, Sydney by Sim TumayLeave a Comment

Upon arrival in Bali, I immediately felt overwhelmed as I walked through the airport in Denpasar. I had never been surrounded by such a diverse culture before. When I arrived in Sydney, Australia to study abroad, I felt no different and I encountered very few cultural barriers. The Balinese language and currency were the first cultural barriers that I dealt …

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Day of Silence

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Sydney by Eliana2 Comments

The cab driver repeats the word. “Nyepi.” My friends and I give him puzzled looks, never having heard this term before. “Everything close down” he explains in broken English. “No stores, no cabs, no lights..” We’re still unsure of what he means, but when we get home from lunch and type “Nyepi” into Google, we start to panic. Nyepi Day, …

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The First Step Will Pull You In!

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Shanghai by Mark1 Comment

Moving to a country completely alone, a traveler is forced to enter the world they arrive in right away. You’ve got to find a lease, a cell phone plan, a local grocery. It’s during this time that travelers become accustomed to the local language, currency, and transportation networks. However, when a traveler moves to a new country with a group …

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The Travel Bubble

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Sydney by Eliana1 Comment

Throughout my life, I’ve experienced two very different means of travel. The first approach, traveling in a bubble, is enjoyable for sure; the bubble has allowed me to create a sense of home and familiarity, and to skirt the inevitable discomforts of visiting a foreign country. But this is problematic, too. By staying within the bounds of comfort, we are …

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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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Male Pivo

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Prague by Natasha1 Comment

The Czech Republic is known for its beer. Any NYU student who has or is thinking of studying abroad has heard of the Prague NYU site that the beer is cheaper than water. This is in fact often true. During orientation we heard from a famous YouTuber who hosts a channel on tourist tips and scams in Prague. He told …

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Outside of the frame

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Sydney by Sasha1 Comment

I get motion sickness when life moves quickly. I am twenty-years-old and I’m waiting in line to pay for penicillin at a pharmacy in downtown Sydney. It takes me a minute to remember how I got here—I was once seventeen and set on state school. Now, my ear hurts and I’m 10,000 miles away from any Big Ten. I swallow …

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Giving Tours

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Berlin by ArjunLeave a Comment

One of the unexpected pleasures of living in a new place is showing my friends around when they visit. Coming to Berlin, I knew that a couple of my friends would visit me, including my best friends from high school and a few of my close friends from NYU. But to my surprise, even more of my friends decided to …