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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.

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See monsters Loch Ness – not just any body of water

An article written by Elfi Heinke, a student on a City Travel Review programme in Edinburgh

“There is something in Loch Ness and it is not only one monster, it is a colony of them”, Alan Dick says confidently. While he is talking about the terrifying creatures in the deepest Scottish loch his voice changes to the creepy sort you hear in horror movies. Our Loch-Ness-Explorer-tour-guide is a really good storyteller. And because of his white hair and his glasses you imagine yourself sitting on the floor in a dark lounge with your grandfather in an armchair reading to you. The firelight is flickering behind him.  But what is a good story without facts.

The creature in Loch Ness called Nessie is most often represented as a line of long surviving plesiosaurs which are long-necked aquatic reptiles. But this cannot be possible, because a colony of them would not have enough space in Loch Ness and you would see them more often on the surface because they have to breathe. “But there are a lot of mutant species in Loch Ness and also common varieties of fish like salmon and eels. And of course one particular creature, which ate an American man in 1968. He was a crackpot to go swimming in the dark”, Alan says firmly.

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