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Holiday Blues

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 12. Free topic #2 by Sam1 Comment

I hadn’t really been stung by intense homesickness until around Halloween, and then when I started to think about how Thanksgiving was coming up. I love the holidays. Especially, especially the stretch of holidays from October to December. Halloween? The Best. Costumes are fun, and I will take any and all excuses to eat candy and run with it. Thanksgiving? …

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An Antique Perspective of a Timeless City

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Dani Kimball2 Comments

Diana Athill offers us a lovely peek into her younger years in “A Florence Diary”. “A Florence Diary” is the official transcript of the journal Athill kept while traveling abroad, specifically in Florence for two weeks during the summer of 1947. This short, yet gratifying book, gives beautiful insight into what Florence was like over 70 years ago and, not …

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The Best View of Florence

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Eryn1 Comment

“It was pleasant, too, to fling wide the windows, pinching the fingers in unfamiliar fastenings, to lean out into sunshine with beautiful hills and trees and marble churches opposite, and close below, the Arno, gurgling against the embankment of the road,” (Forster 28). This brilliant description of waking up in the morning in Florence comes from the book A Room …

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Appreciating Opportunities

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Sam1 Comment

E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View  tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl living in Europe around 1900. Lucy is traveling through Italy with her older cousin Charlotte acting as her companion and chaperone. The book opens as they arrive in Florence, and Lucy’s eagerness to explore the city and admire the art is extremely relatable, especially as …

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A Boring Old Wall? Look Closer.

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place by Dani Kimball1 Comment

The art in Florence is, of course, abundant. However, I find that by being surrounded by timeless works of art, world-famous portraits, and renowned statues has allowed me to practically stop seeing them all together. I’ve become numb to what would otherwise be a once in a lifetime chance to view the masterpieces around me. Around every Florence street corner …

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Escaping the Bubble

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 9. Bubbles by Eryn1 Comment

The NYU Florence campus is about a 20 minute bus ride from the city center, this means for most of the week days we are able to escape to the campus and get away from the tourist atmosphere and just go to school. There are multiple bubbles in Florence, and often times the campus does become a bubble because it gives you …

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A Multi-Bubble Life

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 9. Bubbles by Dani Kimball1 Comment

When I mentioned I was going to study abroad in Florence, everyone had the same response: “Oh my god, how beautiful! The art, the history! You have to go to the Uffizi and see the Ponte Vecchio! You’re so lucky you get to eat pasta every night!”. I left believing that’s all Florence had to offer: Art, architecture, and great …

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No Money, More Problems

In Florence, The Art of Travel, 8. Troubles by Eryn1 Comment

One thing that most study abroad students struggle with is money. Whether it is getting cash here or keeping track of how much we spend. The biggest problem I have had so far has involved both my credit cards getting cancelled. When first arriving in Florence I was worried about taking out money from an atm. I was pleasantly surprised …