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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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Vienna Waits For You

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Florence by Tia1 Comment

You know that you’re hooked on Europe when a weekend spent “at home” instead of travelling feels like wasted time.  In search of more adventure and some time away, I boarded an overnight train from Florence to Vienna on Thursday night, spending 11 hours squished between strangers and clutching my backpack, trying to sleep intermittently, and waking up – in …

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

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Florence 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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A Room with a View (on Travel and Self-Actualisation)

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Florence by Tia2 Comments

On the threshold of adulthood, it is easy – even mandatory, perhaps – to find oneself feeling adrift.  In many ways, like travelling, coming of age is fraught with exploration, doubt, isolation, and fulfilment (or sometimes lack thereof).  While travel may embody a physical journey and all of the various psychological implications that come along with that, growing up is …

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Relaxed Firenze

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Florence by Annie1 Comment

In America, fine dining is often disrupted by the hustle and bustle around us, especially in Manhattan. The servers can be impolite and pushy in order to get their tips. They most likely will rush you or make you feel slightly rushed so that they can seat more customers. In Firenze, fine dining is a completely different experience. The servers …

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Silvio Berlusconi: “Rockstar of the Year”

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Marirose Aleardi1 Comment

This was a great prompt to read as I sit on campus right after my second session of Italian Politics. Coming into the semester, I knew virtually nothing about how the Italian political system worked – let alone how it has transformed over the past hundred years. Furthermore, Italy is currently in the midst of their general election, sparking protests …