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The Long Now

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Berlin, Places by Arjun1 Comment

I’ve always thought the best way to get to know someone is to start talking trash about other people with them. I know, maybe that’s not the nicest thing ever, but finding out that you share the same cynicism as someone else creates a bond unlike any other. Many of my best friendships have started by me and the other …

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Three Men on the Bummel

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

The Three Men on the Bummel written in 1898 by Jerome K. Jerome is comical story about three men and a dog’s vacation experience across River Thames. The book is influenced by Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad with its humorous writing style and similar travel experiences throughout Germany. Jerome uses many small stories to illustrate the experiences of our characters, …

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A Garden of Cultural Knowledge: The German Way

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

The text, The German Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs in the German-speaking World by Hyde Flippo runs through a multitude of categories that delineate the goings on of a German lifestyle. From broader topics like religion, dining and public transportation to more pointed topics like women in society and angst, the book is thorough to say the least. …

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Undercurrents of Ambivalence

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Berlin by Havana LiuLeave a Comment

Large leather tassels attached to metal buckles swinging, brushing, and slamming themselves against the walls. A multi sensory experience, the piece lends itself visually to a view of brutality through its similar construction to a large whip, and aurally to a calming sensation—giving off a sound somewhat like wind chimes. The next room is primarily blank, other than a white …

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A Tramp Abroad

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Berlin, Places by MelvinLeave a Comment

Mark Twain is a illustrative and hilarious writer. In his book A Tramp Abroad, he talks about his travels through Europe on foot. During his travels, he notes many things about Europe that is foreign and interesting to him. I was especially intrigued by the parts on Germany, because interestingly my 21st century experience abroad in Berlin could still relate …

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In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Berlin, Places by Melvin1 Comment

Since I’ve been in Europe, I’ve noticed, that it is quite easy and cheap to travel around Europe. There are many possible modes of inexpensive transportation. There are Buses, and Trains, and also Planes.I’ve had the opportunity to travel around Europe by Bus and by Plane a few times, and on these trips I have  discovered that bringing less with …

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Cozy Winter Bubbles

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Berlin, Places by Melvin1 Comment

There are many bubbles at NYU Berlin. NYU Berlin itself is a bubble, and there are so many other bubbles too. Not necessarily physical bubbles, but also social and emotional bubbles. I can be found inside my cozy bubble too. Even as we try to explore Berlin from the relatively center in the city, there is still places that I …