by Mackenzie Patel It’s difficult writing this final post, but some things must be done: I’m finished writing for LearnTravelArt, which is ironic given today is its fourth birthday. It’s been four years of researching artworks and recording thoughts nobody reads. Four years of dawn crawling articles, Ancient Roman tales, European travel, and short stories… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel I won’t deny it: I’m a Tame Impala-loving, cassette tape-buying, fishnet-wearing hipster. Although I don’t think my artsy tendencies make me a typewriter junkie, I accept the blanket term and redefine it on my own terms. I don’t adore Starbucks or only wear black jeans; however, I will choose a museum over… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Frida Kahlo of the Guerrilla Girls visited my University last Tuesday, and her firebrand activism and free bananas triggered my dormant feminist. I don’t want to burn my bra (I don’t really need to wear one, to be honest) or abstain from sex to safeguard my independence. I want to explore gender… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel **Spoilers ahead** Hello all! The Game of Thrones season 6 finale aired, and as the world knows, a steamboat of deaths sailed to the bloody shore. I recently binge watched all six seasons so I could catch up for the anticipated finale, one rumored to give clues as to Jon Snow’s origins.… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Interestingly, the wild idea for this post was conceived in the most unlikely of circumstances. Woefully scrolling through my online required class, bursting with selfish Buddhists, slave history, feminist mantras, buffalo art, and existential environmentalists, my boredom shattered the laptop screen and killed the excitement for collegiate learning. How does the Tao… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Upon entering the cramped atrium, I was assaulted by a precocious family of 23, an impatient hostess dolled up in condescension, and a meadow of hand painted Spanish tiles. Of course, I am referring to The Columbia, a homegrown culinary legend and the oldest established restaurant in Florida.  Although my first impressions… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers! Recently, I’ve been obsessed with the notion of “living” and fearing that I’ll be 80 years old and haven’t truly lived for one day. I apologize in advance for the existential December Favorites post! This makes me feel alive: Unreal nighttime car rides with friends you never realized were… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel I’m not the most dedicated enthusiast to cultish trends, but my obsession with Star Wars has entered the murky realm between true aficionado and perceived George Lucas Bandwagoner. I saw the entire series only a few short months ago, although I consider rewatching all six episodes multiple times during finals week an… Read More