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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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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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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 …

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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

The first museum I visited in Berlin was the Bauhaus Archive Museum. For those who don’t know, Bauhaus was an important school of architecture, design, and art during the 20th century. When you think of those weirdly geometrical chairs, or those paintings of blue triangles and red squares, you are most likely seeing something Bauhaus inspired. I never really appreciated …

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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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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

I remember going to all-inclusive resorts when I was a kid with my parents. I thought they were the coolest thing ever– free ice cream at all times, crazy pools with the coolest slides, fun activities all day long. What more could anyone want? I didn’t revisit this idea until I was a senior in high school, and had done …

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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 …