On to Berlin!

Being in Berlin was like going back and forward in time at the same time. Amidst buildings that represented every age of Berlin’s history, the impact of what had passed there was tangible. On one side of the street historic beautiful facades stand the test of time, forever impressing on-lookers, and on the other side of the street industrial blocks of concrete that stand tall and impersonal to remind us that we are certainly in another era ...

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Chris Gillespie
Echoes of the past in Berlin

Berlin felt like a rude departure from the quaint symmetry of Amsterdam. It was a chainlink, punk-rock, and graffiti-washed city that squeezes itself into a suit and tie to present some very nice restaurants and a warm and welcoming citizenry. But deep down it is living a double life and right off the plane, we were onto it. The schizophrenia is heavy and tangible. How did it come to be this way? 

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Amsterdam: We liked it, we loved it, we want more of it!

It’s no secret that I love Amsterdam. Every time I utter “Well, in Amsterdam...” Chris gives a loving chuckle. After our past six days in the amazing city I know that he now understands. As he put it “I loved it because it felt warm and accepting, small and accessible.” This sentiment seeps into each corner of historical preservation, between each stroopwaffle, and into the folds of each unique Tulip ...

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Human life and the sea

On our last day in Copenhagen, cold and smiling, Chris and I wandered narrow cobblestone streets sprinkled with historical treasures to find the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre. As we entered the aging repurposed church I was surprised to find what seemed like a mostly empty space, at first questioning what we had each just spent our $15 on. 

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