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Beeswax

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

I’ve been staring at a blank page for quite some time. Of course, I’ve made new and brilliant friends here. The NYU Berlin staff could not be more accommodating. Given the language barrier, local Berliners have turned out to be polite enough. But even after thinking on this prompt for several days, I could not name one person from Berlin …

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When The Wall Falls

In The Art of Travel, 10. Books (2), Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

Collective guilt can be defined as the blameworthy moral responsibility held at the collective, or group, level. ‘German collective guilt’ is a term used for the emotions that arose after the conclusion of World War 2, as German citizens gained awareness of their engagement, tolerance, or ignorance of the atrocities which took place during the Holocaust. This psychological baggage is …

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A New News

In The Art of Travel, 9. Art & Place, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

Think about our relationship to current events: Who (or what) do we listen to? Immediately, one thinks of the media. Whether present in print, radio, or television broadcast, journalists are integral to the guidance of public knowledge, perception, and emotions towards the world they live in. Having an accredited voice in the political world is exceptionally powerful, especially when it comes …

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Uninvited

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

I found it. Discretely nestled along the outermost edge of my neighborhood of Kreuzberg and hidden behind lofty walls of wiry fence and dense ivy lies an unsung jewel: Prinzessinnengarten. Remarkably green and teeming with life, the multi-functioning gardening space is an ecosystem of comradery, commitment, and creativity. Beekeeping and book clubs, ping pong and pizza; After my first lap …

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The Undocumented

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

When I was younger, I loved to write my name in the sand whenever I went to the beach. It was a ballet performance of seashores and Mom-did-you-see-me’s. With one big toe, I’d scribble the A-S-H in childish cursive; I’d elegantly exaggerate the L-E to encapsulate miniature seashells in each; and with a final pointe I’d twirl the Y, tracing …

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The Way It Has Always Been

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

Similar to my brief semester in the city, Mark Twain lived in Berlin for a few short months in the Fall of 1891. His was a time spent before the construction of the Berlin Wall, before the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, and before World War I. Daily, I observe this work-in-progress city, this collage of culture and memory and …

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The Great Wave

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

As a journalism student, I am often confronted with the question of whether or not to cover something or someone. The debate in New York City newsrooms typically centered around Donald Trump’s tweeting habits; here in Germany, I find that the the question shifts towards coverage about the newly established Parliamentary presence of the Alternative for Germany, or AfD. The …

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Spring To Come

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

I grew up in a Catholic household, with prayers before dinner and Church on Sundays. I had been conditioned to identify sacred symbols and objects, and to distinguish ‘Holy’ spaces and people. Spirit was, in my young mind, inherently religious, something felt only in divine spaces, or bestowed upon you through the clergy. As I matured through study and self …

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Where Have I Been?

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski

Where have I been? This is the single question that I whispered to myself as I began my solo wanderings through Germany. While the miles and the landscapes accrued behind me, this question remained in plain sight. I couldn’t pinpoint its purpose. What exactly was I trying to figure out? I’d never been to Europe before, and upon my arrival …

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#WARUM!?

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

All good things come to an end. It’s the golden rule of our existence. Yet it’s up to us to carry the good, the learned, the new, forward. This semester has been such a process in terms of friendship, growth, independence, and knowledge. The truth is Berlin allowed me to return to something I thought I had lost. At some …