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Time / Travel

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Paris by ZoeLeave a Comment

Travel is magical. But it’s stressful, exhausting. Every weekend this month, I have a travel expedition scheduled. It isn’t because I’m tired of Paris or anything of the like, it just kind of worked out that way. I’m quite lucky, I will say that, and I don’t mean to complain in the least. That being said, I didn’t entirely anticipate …

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Freedom to Fly

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Prague by Sean Oh1 Comment

It had been an exhausting day of traveling and my friends and I were just returning home. We often enjoyed Googling “Fun and interesting things to ponder about” to see what would come up and instigate conversation. Some of the topics were heavy and cliché like “what is the meaning of life” while other were more goofy, asking “Would you …

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Tourist Trapped in the Age of Social Media

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Florence by TiaLeave a Comment

“All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.” This is one of the key arguments of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle.  Although it was first published in 1967, it may as well apply to today, as modern social life becomes increasingly mediated by technology – particularly social media.  When travelling, the impetus has drastically shifted focus from having …

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Far From Artificial

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Sydney by Sim Tumay2 Comments

As I walked out of the airport at Denpasar, Indonesia for my Spring Break vacation, I immediately felt an overwhelming feeling of unfamiliarity and confusion. Even after all of my previous travels, this was truly the first time that I felt so much uncertainty. Bali was the first third world country that I have ever traveled to and I experienced …

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In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

This weekend, I was eating dinner at Bordertown, one of two good Mexican restaurants in Shanghai. What we love most is the guacamole which we describe as ‘good for China’. The phrase has become commonplace when describing Western food in the city. Sometimes, it’s excellent, even for the states. You’ve never had a burger unless you’ve gone to Beef and …

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Slip But Don’t Fall

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Berlin by Havana Liu1 Comment

Dried paint sat under my fingertips, milky and clumped. The acrylic I hoped would smooth and settle had decided to conglomerate into hard little shapes, like curdled milk. Despite my disappointment I knew it was permanent so I drank it in, accepting the mistakes and adopting them as a part of my work. I sat in the little park, on …

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Shoes on Stones

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Prague by NatashaLeave a Comment

Inspired by Shoes My brown flats are ¼ size too big, and they get sweaty. The tops are suede, with peekaboo latticework. They’re fall shoes, but I am fashion blind. While my thighs shiver from the cold of Prague February, the bottoms of my feet slide around on the bottom of these flats. I can’t tell if the bottoms of …

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A Man Worthy of a Square

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Prague by NatashaLeave a Comment

I read Open Letters, a compilation of letters and essays written by Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist president, Vaclav Havel. This man is a genius, and I don’t say that lightly. Our professors here, whether they knew him personally or admired him from the vantage of another front of the revolution, speak very highly of him. Havel seems to be one of …