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Giving Tours

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Berlin by ArjunLeave a Comment

One of the unexpected pleasures of living in a new place is showing my friends around when they visit. Coming to Berlin, I knew that a couple of my friends would visit me, including my best friends from high school and a few of my close friends from NYU. But to my surprise, even more of my friends decided to …

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Another Tramp Abroad

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Berlin, Places by Arjun2 Comments

Oftentimes, one feels guilty for framing their experiences of their world travels in the contexts of themselves and their own small world that they know best. It seems this is especially the case for Americans: observing a panel on contemporary German politics, I noticed that most of the questions that students asked were framed in some comparative context. Of course, …

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In The Art of Travel, 5. The Spirit of Place, Berlin, Places by Arjun1 Comment

In previous posts, I have already discussed the German spirit that lurks in the hearts of the people of Berlin and collectively bursts out in action to better their city. Surely, this must be exhausting, to be this way continually. How can a society function like this, or a better question might be, how is Berlin able to wake up …

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The Cranes Above

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Berlin by Arjun1 Comment

The first things I saw as I exited the cab at the dorm were the cranes, looming over the night horizon. Three stood at various points within the neighboring construction yard, monstrous right angles hovering over their progress, cables dangling down. I came to realize in the following days that this was a frequent sight in Berlin –our tour guide …