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Turning Fences into Freedom

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, a novel by Doris Pilkington Garimara, is an extremely important story to read for anyone attempting to understand Australian history, culture, and identity. Based on true events, the book highlights the colonial oppression that permeated Australia in the 1900s, specifically detailing the case of a mixed-race girl named Molly––a child of the Stolen Generation. Although Aboriginal …

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“The Island Will Sink”: The Reality behind Australia’s Flawed Environment

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Sydney by Sim Tumay1 Comment

In “The Island Will Sink,” Briohny Doyle presents us with a dystopian future in which the environment is presented as an extremely degraded, doomed place. The most frightening part of the novel is that this degraded dystopian future is not too far away and it feels as if it is approaching within the next couple years or so. Several environmental …

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City Spirits

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

The spirit of Sydney still hasn’t come to me. It does not seem to fit the rest of Australia, with its tall buildings, large business district, and disorganized traffic. I walk outside of my dorm into a neighborhood called Haymarket, which feels slightly isolated from the parts of the city where I spend most of my time. Haymarket is in …

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Finding Spirit

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Annabel1 Comment

Sydney is an incredibly spread out and varied city. From Glebe to Newtown, every region carries its own personality and quirks, making each new area discovered a completely different experience than the next. While I’m used to being in New York where each area also has something completely new to offer, I was not expecting the same out of Sydney. …

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On acrophobia

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Sasha1 Comment

Acrophobia, the fear of heights, is considered a successful evolutionary adaptation by many scientists—heights are dangerous. Though height-induced anxieties range from butterflies to panic attacks, humans are born with an innate cautiousness towards heights. These anxieties are related to the basophobia, the fear of falling. In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film ‘Vertigo,’ protagonist John “Scottie” Ferguson has developed severe acrophobia because …

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Reclaiming a Sense of Adventure

In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Sydney by Eliana1 Comment

“Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead My first week in Sydney, most of my time was spent moving into my dorm, and running around to different planned group outings and orientations, which were all centered around Chinatown, where our dorm is located, and Sydney’s Central Business District (much like the Financial District in …

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A Dated Constitution

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Sydney by AnnabelLeave a Comment

We’re in the midst of one of the most divisive point in our history back in the US, and because of how much Americentrism exists in the everyday media I’m exposed to at home, I haven’t been as aware of the political situations abroad as I’d like to be. I feel like I’ve arrived in Australia during a particularly politically-charged …

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When coal burns

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Sydney by Sasha3 Comments

North of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland lies the site of Adani, a proposed coal mine. A $16.5 billion investment, the mine would produce 60 million tonnes of coal per year and rank as one of the largest coal mines in the world. Adani Group, the entity putting the project in motion, claims that the mine will be economically …

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A Look Beneath The Surface

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Sydney by Eliana3 Comments

Before my semester in Sydney, I had an idealized version of Australia in my head; it seemed like an eco-friendly country full of beautiful nature and wildlife and much less corruption than the United States. Over the past month, however, through my classes and field trips, I’ve come to understand that there are many significant issues here as well, even …

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

Refugees landing on Australian soil only to be thrown in offshore detention centers. Heads of state promoting their mistresses to highly paid positions behind the public eye. An indigenous history, forgotten. Australian politics claim to be moderate, democratic, and most remarkably, “better than America.” However, within the first few days of arriving on Australian land, I realized that there are …