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Never Just One

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Great good places by Lila Faria4 Comments

During my first month at NYU Berlin, I found myself endlessly cranky, overwhelmed, and unwilling to interact with my surrounding cultures. “Berlin isn’t New York,” I told myself, “There’s nothing good here.” As time progressed, however, I became more and more adjusted to my new environment. I made friends here, fixed my work schedule, and found places where I felt …

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Contemplating Art

In Berlin, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Lila Faria2 Comments

As a Gallatin student, my academic concentration can include essentially anything I consider relevant. As a result, one of the classes I am taking this semester is called “Shaping an Educational Landscape: Museum Island.” The class involves visiting a new museum every week, observing its art, and learning about how it was developed. As a result of this class, I …

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An Inauthentic Experience

In Berlin, Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Lila FariaLeave a Comment

In Dean MacCannell’s Staged Authenticity, MacCannell writes: “The touristic experience that comes out of the tourist setting is based on inauthenticity, and as such it is superficial when compared with careful study; it is morally inferior to mere experience” (MacCannell, 599) When I visited Vienna a few weeks ago, I experienced MacCannell’s “touristic experience” first-hand. I’d gone with a friend, Emily, …

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Authenticity

In Berlin, Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse Wheaton3 Comments

In Dean MacCannell’s “Staged Authenticity: Arrangements of Social Space in Tourist Settings” she talks of ‘back regions,’ secular versions of the sacred: the authenticity behind a stage. It’s something that interests me very much in traveling as I tend to come across both the curtain and the wings while belonging to neither. Any city will have a presentation that can be understood by …

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Architectural Change: The German Way

In Berlin, Books-1, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Lila FariaLeave a Comment

The first time I opened my copy of The German Way by Hyde Flippo, I found myself instantly criticizing the text. According to my limited knowledge of the German culture, Flippo’s interpretation held multiple inaccuracies. First off, I’ve never seen the “gray writing paper” mentioned on page 40. The paper here comes in multiple unusual sizes – “A4” is the …

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Mark Twain’s View of German University Life 150 Years Ago

In Berlin, Books-1, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

I read Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad,” a comical account of his travels across Europe. Germany in 1878 was far different than today, if the book is any indication. He opens up with an interesting fact that lined up perfectly with my German classes. As I was learning the word buchstaben, (alphabet, to spell) as in “Buchstaben Sie bitte,” he mentions that the word …

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Quotidian life in Berlin

In Berlin, Quotidian life, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

My lock is incredibly infuriating. For some reason it requires 4 full turns counter-clockwise to open. Dear god. Food shopping is fairly easy since you don’t necessarily need to know the language to pick things out until you have to ask for something. I’ve learned the names for a few basic foods and how to say “Entschuldigung, wo ist die Schokolade?” I have an …

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Learning the Language, Losing the Culture

In Berlin, Communicating, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

German’s internationality makes it far easier to communicate than most countries I’ve visited. Try speaking Thai in a remote village and you suddenly become very good at charades. As my introductory German salutations and accent improve its nice to see people addressing me in German rather than immediately dropping into Englisch. The similarities between the two languages helps a lot …

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The German Jaywalker

In Berlin, Wayfinding, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Lila Faria1 Comment

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a free, NYU-sponsored trip to Weimar. The trip was outstanding—We toured education-based museums, drank wine sponsored by our school, and ate far too much ice cream. I learned about the Bauhaus Movement, and the way architecture has been used to teach German children in the past. It was an outrageously …

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What do you wonder when you wander the night?

In Berlin, Wayfinding, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse WheatonLeave a Comment

Super cheesy title I realize. Alliteration is awful. Every time I move to a city I use my sketchbook. Drawing the city locks in a visual understanding of its layout. Looking at a map gives you a momentary orientation, but the act of tracing the contours of neighborhoods, the curves of the city, allows me to grasp my surroundings concretely. I …

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Grimy Dancefloors to Sunny Rooftops

In Berlin, Going Places, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jesse Wheaton1 Comment

We’re sitting under the ash tree, dangling our legs over the water as the lights of the dock splash against the shore. Rumbling bass pulses through the sand from the bunker on our left and the warehouse on our right. But lets back up to earlier that afternoon. Rebekka came over as the sun splashed red and yellow. We walked down to the canal to catch …