Reflections, Part VII

Reflections, Part VII

  Week 7 has come and gone. My week in Krakow was amazing and varied to say the least. From cafes, art galleries, and visiting the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp turned Museum I've reflected on the way in which cities metamorphose and change and, simultaneously, retain their histories.   Poland experienced many tragedies during World [...]

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

"Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other is being corrupt." Lord Henry Wotton (229)   Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), is a masterpiece dealing with vanity, pride, [...]

‘Face to Face Art in Auschwitz’ Exhibition

‘Face to Face Art in Auschwitz’ Exhibition

The Szolayski House in Krakow is currently showcasing an art exhibition of drawings and paintings created by the prisoners of Auschwitz during World War II. The Feliks Jasienski Szolayski House is a branch of the National Museum that was initially erected as private property during the fifteenth century with renovations occurring in later centuries to create [...]

Reflections, Part VI

Reflections, Part VI

After six weeks of travelling I'm having realizations about myself that I'm not sure I would've otherwised learned. Travelling abroad and travelling alone has made me reevaluate my priorities and my values. Here's a few of those realizations: 1. I would much rather spend my time and money enjoying coffee than cocktails This one is [...]

Terror Haza/Terror House in Budapest

Terror Haza/Terror House in Budapest

As a graduate of history and political science I am fascinated by the philosophies and histories of war and international relations. In university I focused on the history of international relations, colonialism, revolution, and terrorism in the twentieth century with a focus on Europe, Africa, and Afghanistan. I’m not sure when or how my fascination [...]

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray

After finishing uni I went on a rampage of reading fiction. After four and a half years of peer-reviewed academic articles I craved reading stories of fictional pro- and antagonists whose lives were created within the frame of written word. I craved seeking a reality within imagined plot, hardened and given life through language. For [...]

Sziget Festival 2017

Sziget Festival 2017

Sziget Festival was a dream. It was unreal. It was beautiful, liberating, amazing, incredible, energetic - I'm really delving through my vocabulary for all the best adjectives I know right now and I can't find any that fully describe the festival experience with any justice. I went to the week-long festival in Budapest alone and [...]