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Photo Essay: Discovering Berlin’s Green Urban Refuges

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Fountain at Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

I love the kind of urban energy that you only find in cities, but I also love when cities offer ample opportunities to escape that. With its many sizable public green spaces, in Berlin you can always find a spot to take a break from city life within the city limits. When the weather permitted, […]

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Retracing History at the Remnants of the Berlin Wall

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East Side Gallery

Sometimes you go to the Berlin Wall to see it; sometimes it appears unexpectedly as isolated graffiti covered concrete panels in the middle of a plaza or lawn. Sometimes you sense where it used to be as you go from boxy Soviet era buildings to architecture that’s more similar to German cities further west. Each […]

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Photo Essay: The Bears of Berlin

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An image of a bear is prominent part of Berlin’s coat of arms and bears are a somewhat inexplicable mascot of the city. Not long after I arrived, I noticed that I would see them all over the city in plazas, by train stations, in front of businesses, and in parks. Some were simple depictions […]

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Sweet Serendipity by the River Spree

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As the walking tour comes to an end, our guide gives us tips on what to do next to build upon what we saw. We give him tips of Euros for an insightful tour that was well worth splashing around in the rain for a few hours. As the group disperses, suddenly the summer chill […]

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Eating in Berlin: The Continuing Quest for a Good Burrito Abroad

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While I stay far away from American fast food chains abroad (as I would at home), I’m not the type of traveler to feverishly stick to a diet of food only from the local culture when I travel. I get a kick out of seeing how a restaurant in Ghana might make a Chinese dish […]

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Photo Essay: Heavy Rain and Heavy History in Berlin

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And then the rain came. After that first warm and lively summer evening back in Berlin, a cold storm blew in and it poured for three days. I had more time to spend in Berlin than the average come and go backpacker, but not enough time to justify holing up in my dorm room for […]

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The Berlin Pub Crawl Experience

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As we approached Berlin, I was happy to see that the city was welcoming me back with abundant sunshine. From the train station, I made my way to a hostel on a quiet street in the Mitte neighborhood where I’d booked a bed earlier in my trip. I’d have preferred to stay in a more […]

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But Oh, Those Berlin Summer Mornings (and Prague Nights)

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While hosteling in Berlin, I quickly realized that even if you sit out the Saturday night partying, the party will eventually make its way to you. That was especially true in the nightlife heavy neighborhood of Friedrichshain I stayed in at the beginning of my trip. In my hostel dorm room, there was a lively […]

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