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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 …

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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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mírate

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 13. Third person, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

Why does she move the way she does? What is under all those baggy clothes, and why does it all look like boy’s sweaters? I wonder what lies underneath. I didn’t even know people from Chile could be so blonde and pale, let alone be called Nathalie Kozak. That’s not a Latin name, that’s some Russian kinda shit. I don’t …

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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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Memory

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

The first time I came to Berlin was March 2016. My host took me to a famous park called Tempelhof, were an abandoned airport still exists. This park is huge, and has very few trees. Imagine an enormous field of grass with a creepy airport on one of its ends. I asked our host to leave, because this place felt …