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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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Book of Clouds: Can You Ever Escape the Past?

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Berlin by Havana LiuLeave a Comment

Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis is the fictional first person account of a young Mexican woman named Tatiana who lives, dissociates, works, submits and ultimately searches for some semblance of identity while living in Berlin. Along with discussing universal topics like age and profession, the text specifically deals with the Berlin cityscape as a complex space layered with history, …

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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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Lost in Gray Space

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Berlin by Havana Liu1 Comment

Berlin is filled with suggestions. You cannot conjure up exactly what Berlin looks like in your mind because it is a city filled with references. You cannot look at the visual landscape of Berlin and have it resonate like Park Güell and the Gaudi architecture of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, or the soaked “street” view of Venice. However, when staring …