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A Tramp Abroad

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book by MelvinLeave a Comment

Mark Twain is a illustrative and hilarious writer. In his book A Tramp Abroad, he talks about his travels through Europe on foot. During his travels, he notes many things about Europe that is foreign and interesting to him. I was especially intrigued by the parts on Germany, because interestingly my 21st century experience abroad in Berlin could still relate …

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A Room with a View

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

The portrayal of George Emerson and Cecil Vyse in E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View demonstrates the interesting dichotomy of old and new Florence, with George and his family representing the new, more freeing way of life compared to Cecil’s limiting, old-fashioned values that look down on others. Throughout the story, Lucy is often faced with following her heart …

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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Sydney by AnnabelLeave a Comment

I believe that in order for anyone traveling to Australia to gain a full understanding of this country’s history and the experiences of its Indigenous people, they should become familiar with a story like ‘Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence.’ The story takes place in the 1930s and follows three mixed Aboriginal girls that face the very common fate of being forcibly …

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Another Tramp Abroad

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Places by Arjun2 Comments

Oftentimes, one feels guilty for framing their experiences of their world travels in the contexts of themselves and their own small world that they know best. It seems this is especially the case for Americans: observing a panel on contemporary German politics, I noticed that most of the questions that students asked were framed in some comparative context. Of course, …

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The Dog

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a piece of work—a book, a painting, maybe even a map or a piece of music—that will suddenly make sense of a cacophony around you that you didn’t even know was there. It brings into focus an unknown static, files away and categorizes thoughts of an environment undecipherable. Jack Livings’ short story …

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Theroux’s China

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Shanghai by Mark1 Comment

In the past when I have returned home after a months-long trip, friends and family have always asked: “What’s the craziest thing that happened?” I’m always caught off guard by this. It forced me to consider whether nothing interesting had really happened, or perhaps I was just a bad storyteller. As I read Riding the Iron Rooster, by Paul Theroux, …

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Frostbite dreaming “In A Sunburned Country”

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Sydney by Sasha1 Comment

As a child, I was captivated by Antarctica. No one lives in Antarctica—It is treacherous, it tries to kill you. Still, I longed for the otherworldly stillness, the lack of anything human, the extreme isolation. I promised myself I would ski the 1360 km between McMurdo Station and the South Pole someday. Instead, I’ve ended up in Australia, a country …

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Twain’s Take: Italy 120 years ago more “present” than ever

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book by Andrew CohenLeave a Comment

A Tramp Abroad is certainly not the longest of Mark Twain’s titles. At 50 chapters followed by 6 appendixes, it can seem intimidating, but it moves quickly, thanks in no small part to Twain’s wit. Though he doesn’t arrive in Italy until chapter 47, I think this strengthens the impact of the short chapters spent there and gives an interesting …

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Book of Clouds: Can You Ever Escape the Past?

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book by Havana LiuLeave a Comment

Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis is the fictional first person account of a young Mexican woman named Tatiana who lives, dissociates, works, submits and ultimately searches for some semblance of identity while living in Berlin. Along with discussing universal topics like age and profession, the text specifically deals with the Berlin cityscape as a complex space layered with history, …