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My Berlin

(Introduction to a Travel Review by project members on citytravelreview work/study programme in Berlin – Summer 2015)

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Doubtless, tales of this ever-adapting, exuberant city that is Germany’s capital have already reached you. Dating back to the 13th century, Berlin is now one of the most populous urban areas in Europe, and there is little question why: with a relatively low cost of living for an urban area; a regular, reliable transport system them covers the city and its suburbs; and a history that could never be fully covered in a school syllabus, it is arguably one of Europe’s most tourist – and migrant – friendly cities.

The most beautiful thing about Berlin is that it appeals to so many tastes. His- tory buff? Try taking in the 175 museums and countless memorials scattered throughout the city. Twenty-something on a party holiday with friends? Take a bar crawl through the wild and alluring streets of Kreuzberg,Friedrichshain, and Neukölln, then spend entire weekends in some of the most famous clubs in Europe. Art enthusiast? Make your way round the hundreds of unique, independent galleries, or simply take a walk around the city to see artwork on every other wall. No matter your interests, Berlin will match them.

Edinburgh – majestic capital of Scotland

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(Introduction to Travel Review from project members on citytravelreview programme, Summer 2015, Edinburgh)

In Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, around a majestic castle, we find the capital of Scotland. A city that uniquely embodies the history and culture of its country.
From high up Arthur‘s Seat down to Portobello beach, through the Old and New Town there is much to find, whether for people preferring urban life or admirers of nature. If you are willing to get in touch with Edinburgh‘s facets and know where to look, you will be able to find new things and perspectives. It is perfect to enrich your life regarding the own preferences as well as unfamiliar, yet exciting experiences and encounters.
Auld Reekie (“Old Smokey”) is the nickname which was given to Edinburgh because of the constantly smouldering chimneys of the factories of former times. Like Rome it was built on seven hills.
With an overwhelming number of ways to be explored, Edinburgh‘s visitors should have a notion on what to do and what to expect when entering the area. Also, they have to prepare for some of the rather ‚dreich days‘ (Scottish saying for cold and damp weather).
This guide will lead you through the contorted streets where you can discover something new behind every corner.
Not only does Edinburgh offer traditional Scottish tourist experiences like haggis, pubs and kilts. It has become a venue of different generations and cultures that benefit
from each other.
After trying all the possibilities this city has to offer in every sector, you will realize that Edinburgh Castle is surrounded by as much greatness as it has on its own.
The sheer amount of places filled with history and myths still plays an important part in today‘s vibrant youth culture. The addition of influences and flavours from all around the world are a part of the special charm of the city. This should break the last bits of any misconceptions left about a raw, completely conservative Edinburgh.

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Museum of Things

Museum of Things

(Article by Jasmine Richards, a project member on a citytravelreview programme, Berlin, Summer 2015)

In the district of Kreuzberg, the Museum of Things is hidden on the third floor of what looks like an ordinary apartment building. Its entrance is easily missable along a side-alley, designed with a grey, chequered sign above the door. Once arriving, you will be welcomed by extremely polite and quirky dressed staff mem- bers, willing to answer any questions you may have.

Every cabinet and shelf is neatly filled with, as hinted by its title, things. From vintage toasters, kettles and glassware, to old Barbie’s, flirta- tious computer mouses (shaped to women’s curved bodies) and rusting lamps, the museum has almost any household item and random collect- able on display. A glamourous group of water bottles can be found in the middle of the museum, proving there

is nothing this organisation won’t in- clude. A whole room has been devoted to paper and aged posters. The many collections have both been donated and bought through the years, however, it is important to note that the museum exhibitions do change, therefore some of the pieces mentioned may not be on display permanently.

A small gift shop sells a small variety of knick-knacks, great for a sou- venir to take home. The entire experi- ence is as educational as it is amusing and makes for an intriguing hour or two.

No wall left Bear

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Citytravelreview Guide to Berlin, produced by members on the July 2015 project.

Wilkommen in Berlin, Germany’s cool, creative and just a little crazy capital. Described as ‘the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine’ Berlin is home to a treasure trove of world-famous nightlife, countless museums and, as you’ll soon discover, an overwhelming amount of currywurst. The mention of Berlin will, for most, conjure up images of […]
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ctr-cover-no-wall-leftWilkommen in Berlin, Germany’s cool, creative and just a little crazy capital. Described as ‘the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine’ Berlin is home to a treasure trove of world-famous nightlife, countless museums and, as you’ll soon discover, an overwhelming amount of currywurst.
The mention of Berlin will, for most, conjure up images of the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and, perhaps more than anything else, the Berlin Wall. The wall officially ‘came down’ in 1989 but parts of it still stand as a poignant reminder of the fault-line that once divided this city. Later transformed into one of the world’s most famous open-air galleries, the remaining part of the wall is also a symbol of the city’s endurance, of its endeavour to remember but overcome its turbulent past.
Like the rest of Berlin’s artwork, the murals that now adorn what’s left of the wall have become inextricable from the city itself. In galleries, on the walls of abandoned buildings, under railway bridges and anywhere else where there’s room, you’ll find art, graffiti, call it what you will – the city has become a living canvas. Over the following pages you’ll find the most famous as well as our favourite examples of the city’s legendary artwork.
You’ll also find our top picks of things to do, see, and eat during your stay in Berlin. Our guide is not, however, intended as a checklist of ‘must-see’ places for you to visit, photograph and then quickly move on to the next landmark, nor does it aim to dictate ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not’ in this vast and ever-changing city. This is not an instruction manual for how to ‘do’ Berlin. Whether you’re here for one month or three, you have time to discover the city at your own pace and this guide offers inspiration for interesting and exciting places that you might want to see during your time here.
From the most well-known historical landmarks, to start-ups, hidden gems and Berlin institutions alike, you’ll find something to suit every taste and every budget within the pages of this guide. Independent shops, bars and restaurants thrive in this city where corporate is not yet king, and we’ve searched far and wide to bring you the best of Berlin. To make it easy for you to decide on how to spend your time, we’ve organised the guide into easy to read sections. We’ve also provided you with a survival guide for the city, as well as a crash-course of Berlin’s history, transport system and accommodation options, so you can quickly get out there for yourself.
Berlin is a city of contrasts and contradicitons, where old meets new, east meets west, and trendy hipsters and techno fanatics rub shoulders with history enthusiasts and young creatives. Whatever your taste, Berlin has something for everyone and, no matter how long your stay, we can guarantee that you’ll never be bored. So get out there for yourself, start exploring and make your own mark on the poor, but sexy, city where no wall is left bare.

Fried Mars Bar

An article written for CityTravelReview by Janina Reiter, Edinburgh project, March 2014

Don’t think you might fancy a deep-fried Mars bar? No worries, it doesn’t taste as funny as it sounds. Basically, it’s just an ordinary Mars bar fried in batter. It is said to have been invented in 1995 in a bar near Aberdeen in Northeast Scotland. Mass media commented on the new snack, so it has become more and more popular ever since. Still it is not very common among Scottish people: According to a survey, most fried Mars bars are sold to tourists. For around £2.50 you can try one yourself, for example at the Castle Rock Take Away at the Grassmarket. It is worth giving this snack a chance. Although consisting of nothing more than warmed chocolate and caramel, it still tastes great.

Barcelona: Places of Interest – Museu de la Xocolata

An article by Zoe Adia, a member on the CityTravelReview programme, Barcelona, Summer 2014

Are you a chocolate lover? Willy Wonka believer? Fudge fan? You have not been left out amigo! To experience chocolate in its fullness, take a gluttonous trip to Museu de la Xocolata. You will soon discover that chocolate is not limited to a cheap bar, but has a plethora of purposes. The museum takes you on a journey from its origins to many artistic forms. It also gives a historical lesson into Catalonia’s own chocolatier past, and into its present. You will see detailed chocolate sculptures of some of Barcelona’s famous sights, like the Sagrada Familia, from a more palatable perspective. For the foodies, there is a brandy and chocolate combining workshop, which actually allows you to sample different types of chocolate, and see what type of brandies best compliment its flavour. There are other workshops and activities that cater for all age ranges. This destination will give you a new-found appreciation for this sweet anti-depressant and edible problem solver.

George Heriot’s School

An article by Jasmin Seidl, a member on a CityTravelReview project, Edinburgh, Sept 2014

Unlike Hogwarts, which is only reachable by taking the Hogwarts Express from London’s King’s Cross station from platform 9 3/4, George Heriot’s School isn’t hard to find. Though it is not confirmed, it is believed that this school was used by J.K. Rowling as a model for Hogwarts. The school is an imposing stone building with turreted towers on each corner and unique carvings above every window. When looking at it the books and their story seem to come alive. Although entering is forbidden for visitors, the school is worth looking at from the street or from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The school is also just two minutes away from the Elephant House Cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote part of the books.
Heriot‘s was founded in 1628 as a school for orphans and in compliance with the will of George Heriot, a goldsmith and jeweller at the court of King James VI and 1. In 1886 it became a day school for boys and in 1979 it was opened to girls.