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The Hourglass

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Sydney, 13. Free topic by Brennan1 Comment

Being content in the present is surprisingly difficult. I’ve tried everything: guided meditation apps, breathing techniques, simply trying to feel grounded in place and time. However, without constant conscious awareness (which is virtually impossible), moments slip by like the sand running through an hourglass. Each granule of sand––each moment––drops away and before long, an entire sand dune has accumulated. This …

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Freud, the Aeneid, and Film

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 13. Free topic, Places by ArjunLeave a Comment

This week, I’d like to relate my studies here in Berlin to some of the topics that I want to explore in my Gallatin rationale, specifically reevaluating The Aeneid by Virgil. The most intellectually enriching class I’ve been taking here is German Intellectual Tradition: Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, because I’ve been wanting to learn more about these thinkers for quite …

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Home

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Paris, 13. Free topic by Zoe1 Comment

This last week was our spring break (late, I know) but I was given a sliver of “home” that reminded me how oddly malleable I am in terms of what “home” is. Even my mom, who is buying a house, laughs at the fact that I’m nearly “home”-less because every place in my life is relatively transitory right now. I …

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Chaos

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Shanghai, 13. Free topic by William Denning1 Comment

Recently in my own time, I’ve been reading the work of Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian writer, lecturer and professor. His writing on chaos has been distinctly interesting to me when exploring foreign states. “Order,” he writes, “is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be …