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What is Weimar?

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by GillianLeave a Comment

There are 15 crucial years in between the first and second world war during which time Germany evolved from an economically depressed and socially discouraged society into a national socialist regime. This 15 year period, known as the Weimar Republic, gets little attention in history books. Christopher Isherwood paints an important and vivid picture of Weimar Berlin in his novel …

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This Year’s Hottest New Disco: Berlin

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 11. Second book by Cara1 Comment

Wladimir Kaminer’s Russian Disco: Tales of Everyday Lunacy on the streets of Berlin is an unconventional travel book of sorts. While not exclusively a breakdown of Kaminer’s experiences moving through a city in a time of such great change, the book is a collection of short anecdotes that provide a holistic representation of post-reunification Berlin. Kaminer moves from Moscow to …

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City as Canvas

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place by Gillian1 Comment

My course load here in Berlin includes a class about ancient art. We have learned about manifestations of Germany’s imperialist, colonialist history in the art world; how the country’s bloody participation in the scramble for Africa resulted in their sordid ownership of several ancient artifacts, not to mention a scarily nationalistic attitude towards these ancient and modern cultures. So for …

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Political Bubbles Abroad

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 9. Bubbles by Gillian1 Comment

I’ve found myself in several bubbles here in Berlin, but does awareness of bubbles alone really transform them? Only if you do something about it. The largest and strongest bubble, the one to which I’ve become most attuned since being here, shields me from the political happenings back in the United States. As many of my fellow travel writers abroad …

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Reimagining History vs. Reimagining Berlin

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place by Cara1 Comment

Berlin is known for its abundance of museums and exhibitions. Museum Island is home to an assortment of art from different time periods and new modern and experimental art installations are constantly popping up around the city. Art plays an integral role in shaping Berlin’s reputation. The East Side Gallery showcases work from a wide range of artists making political …

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Pop that Bubble!

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 9. Bubbles by Cara1 Comment

When I imagined studying abroad in the past, I was always so excited for the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture, surround myself with a new group of people, and discover more about myself. While all three of these things have happened and are in practice, I am not experiencing them to the extent that I had hoped. …

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Der Lorax

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic by Gillian1 Comment

I’ve always enjoyed autumn the most of all seasons, and it occurred to me right before I left for Berlin that I will not have experienced autumn in New York for two years. This realization at first tinged my excitement for Berlin with sadness. Autumn in New York just has a certain je ne sais quois–that same sharp New York …

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The Wall Jumper

In Berlin, The Art of Travel, 6. First Book by Gillian2 Comments

Every single day, I bike over where the Berlin Wall once stood. A wall that from 1961 to 1989 divided loved ones from each other, a wall that broke Berliners’ sense of home, that created two foreign cultures out of and in the same city, a wall that has forever shaped Berlin’s history and culture. And in 2018, I am …

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And Now Here We Are

In Berlin, 5. Political, The Art of Travel by Cara1 Comment

The significance of Germany’s political history is undeniable. For the entirety of the 20th century, everything and anything related to Germany was tied in with the political turmoil of the period. Now, the country’s — and especially Berlin’s — history is clouded by the memories of this time. Since coming to Berlin, I have learned a lot more about past …