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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 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 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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First Troubles

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Berlin by MelvinLeave a Comment

Last semester, I was on my way back to California from New York. I went to the airport early in the morning. When I got there however, I realized suddenly that I only had 1 hour and 30 minutes before my flight. However that didn’t bother me. I’ve never missed a flight before, why should this time be any different? …

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Cozy Winter Bubbles

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Berlin 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 …

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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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Slip But Don’t Fall

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Berlin by Havana Liu1 Comment

Dried paint sat under my fingertips, milky and clumped. The acrylic I hoped would smooth and settle had decided to conglomerate into hard little shapes, like curdled milk. Despite my disappointment I knew it was permanent so I drank it in, accepting the mistakes and adopting them as a part of my work. I sat in the little park, on …