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In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 8. Bubble, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak2 Comments

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 Kamra1 Comment

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

“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 Kamra1 Comment

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, 4. The Soul of a Place, Berlin by Nathalie Kozak1 Comment

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 Kamra2 Comments

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 Kozak3 Comments

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 Kamra1 Comment

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 …