Veda Kamra

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The 411!!!

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 14. Tips, Berlin by Veda Kamra

I have been recommending this study abroad site since my first week here. I honestly did not know very much about Berlin before I came here, however that was what I wanted out of my study abroad experience. I wanted to go somewhere where I would have to learn everything first-hand, rather than testing the validity of a city’s reputation. …

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What’s so funny?

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 13. Third person, Berlin by Veda Kamra

Veda is a quirky person. She is willing to do go forth and be adventurous, especially under direction, but she likes to do her own thing. Every now and then she has a more quiet day, however in general, she is happy to participate. Admittedly, her German is rather crude in its pronunciation, however she continues speaking with pauses rather than giving …

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where my hom(i)e(s) at?

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 11. Travails, Berlin by Veda Kamra

I have come to believe that hardship is necessary in life to not only make us appreciate such fond memories with greater strength, but also ends up being a lesson to learn and grow from. Nonetheless, no one enjoys experiencing these rough occasions, during which we struggle to lift ourselves back up without external aid. One of my more difficult …

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Hello, Goodbye Berlin

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Berlin by Veda Kamra

Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin prompted me to reflect most on my relationships here in Berlin. I feel as though I’ve been deeply observing myself and the people around me–more so, perhaps, than I have absorbed my surroundings. In some ways, that’s wonderful, for I’ve learned so much about the people here with me and I’ve developed some wonderful relationships, …

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pop dat

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Berlin by Veda Kamra

The bubble is way too real. I’ve experienced it all throughout high school, sticking to the comfort of its tiny population, and even at NYU, where I often find myself stuck in routines. I value consistency, but I realize I need to break out of the norm and push myself a bit harder. The worst part is that I knew a bubble …

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Thank Goodness for Map Apps

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Berlin by Veda Kamra

It’s amazing how technology has transformed travel. Instagram, Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. have quickly turned once obscure, local places into popular tourist destinations. There are huge consumer benefits to the advancements in the travel industry, such as instantaneous search results, increased safety, greater efficiency with (downloadable!) google maps, and near-endless resources for reviews and ratings. As the article on “Travel …

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The Politics of eine Heimat

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Berlin by Veda Kamra

In German, the word “Heimat” is used to identify “home” (homeland), however the German conception of home is far more specific than its English counterpart. “Eine Heimat” is where one feels comfortable and “at home.” A person can only have one Heimat. This notion of a singular, sentimental home is sweet and romantic, however it is also limiting. As someone who …

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Über U-Bahn

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Berlin by Veda Kamra

To write this post, I ventured somewhere rather accessible: the U-Bahn station at Kochstraße that I take to get to our Berlin academic center. The Bahnhof entrances are identified by large blue signs that sit atop large grey arches to guide commuters down the staircase to the underground. Once I descend, I am met with bright trains the golden color …

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The not-so-harsh truth

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 2. Languages, Berlin by Veda Kamra

Much like Gustave Flaubert, I have clearly travelled to Berlin with some preconceived notions and images that my experiences here continue to dispel. One of the biggest that I’ve seen thus far is the idea that most Berliners speak no English. It was quite a surprise to come here and expect to have many awkward, “hand-gesture-filled” interactions with strangers, only …