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In Transit

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Prague by NatashaLeave a Comment

As I wrote in my first post, I am the kind of person who really likes to make the most of every opportunity, to the point of stressful insanity. Traveling, with its innate chaos and unpredictability, presents a unique challenge for a person like me. After figuring out the NYC subway system and transitioning to a bike, I really thought …

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Paradise Lost

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Sydney by Annabel1 Comment

Traveling is all about learning and growing from the obstacles presented. Without a few misadventures, a journey doesn’t teach you all that it can. This is the mantra that I’ve hysterically repeated in my head to avoid completely breaking down when faced with the many issues I’ve experienced while traveling this semester. It’s really easy to want to just throw …

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Qiandao Hu (千岛湖)

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

The difficulties of traveling in China aren’t speaking the language, following the roadsigns, or even finding the most exciting spots. The biggest difficulty is the procurement of information. The most and best information lies mostly on travel blogs and expat forums. This, though, adds a sense of adventure to traveling in China. Each trip has a number of game elements …

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The Great Escape

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Sydney by Brennan2 Comments

Beads of sweat dripped from my brow as I jammed my debit card in the ATM yet again. There was a moment of hope as the machine processed my request…only to emit an aggressively loud beeping sound as the screen flashed with Thai script. I read, Just your luck. Fuck off. Another failed attempt. This was the fifth machine I’d …

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Art of Trouble

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Places, Sydney by SashaLeave a Comment

There were demons in the street. Specifically, there were ogoh-ogoh— demonic statues made of bamboo, cloth, and other materials. In Hindu mythology, these statues symbolize the evil spirits that Nyepi day, or day of silence, tries to drive out. The ogoh-ogoh were beautiful, their bright colors exaggerated by the grey sky. We were stuck in traffic, observing the chaos of …

Puzzling Paris

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Prague by Erica1 Comment

This past weekend, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Paris. I had last gone to France around 3-4 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and with the city of Paris, so I was beyond excited to go back and experience everything again for a second time. Upon landing, my friends and I …

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Those Who Wait

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Paris by ZoeLeave a Comment

I feel good enough where I am – socially, academically, and emotionally – to reflect on… not such a good time: my first two weeks at NYU Paris. The study abroad “experience” is romanticized and glorified by just about everyone, myself included. I had a grand vision of what my experience would be like: fast friends, adventures to far-off places, …