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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 …

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Karma police?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 11. Travails, Paris by Howard4 Comments

My last week’s experience well prepared me for this topic. In short, my bag was stolen. It happened so quick that I spent the last few days pondering a question: How did it happen? I spent my fall break in Luxembourg and Frankfurt. While traveling alone there, I never had any worries about personal safety. I have traveled alone to …

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In and Out

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 8. Bubble, Paris by Howard1 Comment

This is a jazz bar my friends and I always go on every Friday night. I cannot recall the name of it, but it is near Notre Dame, close to Shakespeare bookstore, a place where one can easily find on trip advisor, and there are always people taking pictures under its plague. It has the most overpriced drinks in it; …

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My ex-friend Yelp

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Besides eating at a restaurant, another important activity closely relevant is to find a restaurant. But how do I find a restaurant? The way I usually did before was to ask for recommendation. There were always people around me who have tried really good restaurants so I simply asked them. Most of the time they would tell you what they …

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We are all outsiders

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 6. Book #1, Paris by Howard2 Comments

“We are all outsiders when we travel. Whether we go abroad or roam about our own city or country, we often enter territory so unfamiliar that our frames of reference become inadequate. We need advice not just to avoid offense and danger, but to make our experiences richer, deeper, and more fun.” (James O’Reilly et Larry Habegger) While I opened …

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How will France be?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Started from the Enlightenment, figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that individual rights could be guaranteed “only by a “social contract” among the citizens, thus suggesting the need for a formal constitution, which at the time neither the English nor the French had”. (Censer and Hunt, 35) Rousseau’s concept of “general will” simultaneously provided the origins of democracy and the …

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Bonjour from Paris!

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 1. Introductions, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Hi! My name is Howard Zheng, currently a sophomore year concentrating in Philosophy and Photography. I’m originally from Shenzhen, China, a large city right next to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, I’m pursuing my passion in the city of light – Paris. I chose Paris for its art culture already engraved and beyond. For my concentration, I anticipate to integrating conceptual photographs …