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Bringing Up Bebe: A Cultural Comparison of Parenting Styles As Reported On By a Non-Parent

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Paris, Places by Zoe1 Comment

Ever since I was little, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always would, and still do, say “a mom.” I’m not sure where this fascination with children came from but I’ve always been enchanted by them – they’re tiny humans, for crying out loud! How cool is that? My parents raised me …

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It’s Not About Sports

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Paris by Andie1 Comment

The Olympics have been on for the past two weeks, not that anyone in Paris cares too much about curling. The hype around the Winter Games has never felt lower. The French cleaned up with fifteen medals overall, but compared to Norway’s thirty-nine the ennui becomes apparent. It fits the stereotype, that’s for sure. But that’s what the Olympics have …

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4,600 Miles Away

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Let me preface this post by saying gun control in the United States is an immensely difficult and tragic topic to discuss. I apologize if anything in this post is triggering or frustrating to anyone – I’m attempting to share my feelings about this extremely polarising topic while being 4,600 miles away from the US. Last Wednesday, on February 14th, …

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When We Become The Aliens

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Paris by Andie2 Comments

On Saturday, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in his apartment at age 48. The last film soundtrack he released was in 2016 for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, a moving meditation on language, humanity, and empathy that won Jóhannson a Golden Globe and critical adoration. Villeneuve and Jóhannsson were frequent collaborators, and together they made a movie to ask if learning …

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In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

I confidently sauntered up to the counter at Miznon, a pita sandwich restaurant in Le Marais, menu in hand, and said, “Bonjour! Je voudrais un pitta avec l’agneau kebab, s’il vous plait.” (Hi! I would like a lamb pita, please). To which the man helping me replied, “Do you want any drinks with that?” In. English. It’s a common thing …

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Death On Every Corner

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Paris by Andie2 Comments

Paris loves a good death. It stands in every metro station, swings from every street sign, and trips off the tongues of tourists attempting to say “gateau Saint Honoré.” When Kevin Lynch said “every rock tells a different story,” death stuck fast in the mortar. When Suzanne Langer said that architecture is a manifestation of the “total environment made visible,” …

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La Parisienne

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Paris by Zoe2 Comments

Different, yes. My first week in Paris has been… different. Not bad, necessarily, but rockier than anticipated. What no one tells you (until you’re in the same situation and reach out for consolation, of course) is that making friends abroad can be hard, really hard. In new situations, people tend to stick with what or who they know, making it …

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“Au revoir”

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 15. Farewells, Paris by Howard4 Comments

“Au revoir!” This is the phrase for ‘goodbye’ in French. It literally means ‘until I see you again’. At first, I used this phrase to everyone, and they replied the same too, even when we both knew well that we are not going to see each other again. So after a while, I generally stopped using this phrase. I’d rather …