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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.” (3). The first page of Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood is quite characteristic of the entire novel. …

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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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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

Doing a semester abroad goes by so quick. It is February 27th already, and the anxiety of am I going to do everything I wanted to do, am I doing enough? is starting to hit a few of us here in Berlin. Reading the prompt for today’s post, I realized that I’ve been so caught up in being young and …

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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

I have often heard words associated to different cities or countries. Paris? Romance. Cuba? Revolution. Australia? Adventure. Rome? Food. So what would be a defining word or concept that encapsulates Berlin? What a difficult question to answer. Due to its history, Berlin continues to be a city of multiple atmospheres. It is not homogenous when it comes to architecture, for …

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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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El Tesh

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 3. Observing, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak

People aren’t dancing, they’re trance-ing. Enlarged pupils, sweat, chugging water. Lights flash faster than eyes open and close. Catch glimpses of people if you can. Fog, smoke, cigarettes, weed, thick, heavy, hot air. Humid. So humid. Is the beat dropping yet? The DJ teases the crowd. The tension builds. The bass hits harder, faster… Pa, pa, pa, papapapapapa. Suddenly, the …

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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 …

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Going Home to New York

In Berlin, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Places, Going home by Charlotte

It’s May Day today (something like a big, day-drinking celebration here in Germany) and instead of going outside into the beautiful, 65-degree day to meet my friends, I’m writing this. I’m writing this now because it’s on days like these that I find it particularly hard to come to terms with saying goodbye to Berlin. I’ll miss sitting in the …

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Tips and Tricks for Berlin

In Berlin, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Places, Tips by Charlotte

For anyone thinking of moving to Berlin, my sincerest advice would be: don’t move here in January. This is coming from someone who moved here in January. The shutters on every window are closed; those 9-foot-tall double-doors signature of Berlin apartment style, the ones that lead to beautiful and enchanting courtyards, are definitely; the streets are cold and grey and …

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Wandering the City

In Berlin, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Places, Borders by Charlotte

The way that Berlin is laid out just feels weird. A sprawling, convoluted, layered city, Berlin is not easy to navigate. The city is organic and twisting, having been built and bombed and rebuilt, destroyed and decayed and rebuilt, for hundreds of years. The winding streets of this city, as well as the hidden gems found at the end of dark, …

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Walking Home

In Berlin, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Open by Charlotte

Walking home (a seemingly simple act) is much scarier than it should be. Especially at night, especially if you’re female, especially if you’re alone, especially if you’re in a foreign place. It’s 2:27 AM, and I should be going to sleep soon (I have an early German class tomorrow) but instead I’m sitting here and writing this down. I want …