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Lost Berlin: Entertainment

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berlin-aug14Boredom does not exist in this city. Entertainment is as diverse as it is abundant. Do not worry if clubbing, shopping or museums are not your thing, or if you’re simply looking for new things to do. If your arms ache, set down your shopping bags and catch a film at one of many cinemas, either indoors or outside. If you’re feeling brave, show off your talents at the immensely-popular Bearpit Karaoke. Roaring crowds can also be found in the sports stadiums across the city; join the beer-fuelled football fans and sing to your heart’s content. Or spend a day at the Olympic Stadium taking in the sights. After an elegant meal, sit back and relax at a civilised classical concert or two. Alternative live music is also easy to catch, with places such as Madame Claude hosting singer-songwriter evenings. The more upbeat DJ nights are perfect for those with more energy to spare.

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Berlin Calling: Entertainment

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berl-aug14While Berlin may be known for its historical sights, monuments and prominent clubbing scene, the city has so much to offer beyond the Brandenburg Gate and Berghain. Whether you’re into theatre, films or music you are sure to find something here to suit you. From the famous Bearpit Karaoke at Mauerpark on a Sunday to B-flat’s much loved jam sessions, Berlin is brimming with fun, low cost entertainment.

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From Barcelona with Love: Parc Creueta

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-august14Barcelona is full of wonderful surprises – it is up to the smart traveller to veer off the beaten track and discover what this city has to offer. The Parc Creueta del Coll is located near the Parc Guel, however this park has a strictly ‘local’ atmosphere, and is most definitely off the tourist track. It is not easy to find from the main road or the metro station as it is not signposted. Those intending on visiting should bring a map. Once you have made the trek up the hilly streets, a dip in the refreshing splash pool will make the journey worth the while! The park is located in a crater that emerged from years of quarrying in the area. It is this natural beauty that gives the park its charm. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the stairs and take in the views of the city. The main attraction to the park however, is the refreshing splash pool. For visitors who want somewhere quaint to cool down on hot days, the Parc Creueta will provide a refreshing change of scenery. A trip to Parc Creueta is a treat for those in search of a relaxing an afternoon, mixing with local Barcelonans.

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The student friendly guide to Barcelona: Barceloneta Beach

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-aug14Barceloneta (Little Barcelona) is the traditional sailors’ and fishermen’s quarter in Ciutat Vella (Old City). After the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona opened up to the sea and completely renovated its beaches. The astoundingly beautiful Mediterranean Sea is one of Barcelona’s best features. You can stroll along the boardwalk, go for a cooling swim or simply breathe in the fresh sea air whilst relaxing in the sun. The neighbourhood slightly loses its maritime atmosphere, particularly in the summer months, but it remains a great place to eat, drink and people watch! The seafront is lined with lots of restaurants serving the freshest local fish specialties. Due to its close proximity to the city centre, it’s no surprise that it’s the busiest beach of them all, but it’s still easy to find a good spot close to the water. It can be overrun with relentless vendors shouting ‘mojitos!’, ‘massages!’, ‘beer!’ and selling strange rugs. Apart from that, it’s the perfect place to escape from the La Rambla hoards and to cool yourself down in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.

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Pase Lo Bien En Madrid: Madrid’s Green Secret

PaseLoBienEnMadrid-coverJust a short walk away from the Alonso Martínez Metro Station lies the Museo del Romanticismo (National Museum of Romanticism). From the front it looks like a normal art museum; however don’t judge a book by its cover, inside the Museum hosts its own little secret. It has a secluded garden café that transports you a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with only the sounds of the fountain centrepiece and the relaxed conversations of the locals to keep you company. With regal chandeliers inside and a picturesque garden setting outside it just oozes a charmingly sophisticated atmosphere for all to enjoy, especially with a glass of wine from 3€, or even with one of their affordable Breakfast or Lunch offers with prices ranging from 2.50€ to 12.50€.

This idyllic scene provided by the garden café is definitely something worth visited if you are looking for the romanticstyle havens of Madrid, or even a quaint place to visit with friends and family.

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And Then There Was Lyon

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-lyon-cover-august14As members of the City Travel Review writing project, our aim was to present to you a well researched and personal travel guide to the city of Lyon. The team consists of young professionals and students from around the globe, sharing the interest of language and writing, with an eye on future journalistic careers. It was a mixture of cutting our teeth on the streets and hands-on workshops with seasoned Euronews journalists. In the short space of three weeks we improved our French language skills and integrated ourselves into a different culture. The experience provided a bold insight into the world of journalism and media. Not to mention being a great way to meet similar-minded people whilst exploring a beautiful city in a unique way.

Our task required every team member to step out and delve into Lyon’s nooks and crannies to unearth its secrets. After gallivanting around gathering information we then pulled our plethora of knowledge into a focussed structure. Learning on the job and using heaps of our own initiative in order to create a detailed, honest and readable guide. City Travel Review is a productive and educational break, one not to be taken lightly, yet with plenty of opportunity to have fun and hone journalistic skills in a working environment. With our articles in mind, start a journey of discovery and continue your own story on the parchment of this city.

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Madrid En Una Maleta

madrid-cover-2014-cursoMadrid has a greater diversity of independent shops, street markets and high-end boutiques than any other city in Spain, so it is definitely worth going shopping here. Begin your shopping excursion by arriving nice and early at Chueca Metro station for breakfast or brunch at one of the many cafes in the lively and buzzing Plaza Chueca. Take in the laid-back Madrileñian lifestyle as you sip on your milky cortado coffee, as you will see a distinct variety of people pass by. Breakfast over, take a leisurely walk along one of Madrid’s side streets to Calle De Hortaleza, taking in the pretty balcony gardens. Once on Calle De Hortaleza, begin your shopping by exploring traditional and vintage stores. As you walk closer to Gran Via – the main shopping strip, you will find a shift towards more modern and wellknown names such as MAC, The Body Shop and H&M.
You may notice there are many shoe shops; and as you can tell, walking is popular in Madrid so a good stylish pair of shoes is a must-buy. In particularly, espadrilles! They are probably Madrid’s greatest fashion accessory…. after the fan, of course! Before heading straight to the stores that we all know and love, explore the other local stores first, as you are guaranteed a bargain. Don’t forget that between 3pm and 5pm, certain local stores are likely to close for siesta. This is a great time to take a break at a bar or restaurant to try something new to eat. Madrid has more bars and restaurants than any other city in Spain, so cool down with a local drink. A personal recommendation is the thirst quenching Tinto de Verano or a refreshing mojito! As you draw closer to Gran Via, it will get busier and you will certainly be stopped by some interesting and friendly people, letting you know where you can go to eat. Once you arrive at Gran Via, the decision is yours as to which direction to go; each turn is like going down a rabbit hole of surprises.

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When In Berlin – A Guide To Berlin: sights and monuments

coverThere are a plethora of sights and monuments on offer in Berlin. Many such as the Brandenburg Gate are world famous. Others, such as the Palace of Tears are less well known but equally as poignant and worth visiting. Many of the sights and monuments in Berlin are directly related to the city’s chequered and sometimes unsavory history. Attractions such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe should be respected and not visited if you want an uplifting experience! Scratching beneath the surface, or travelling out of Mitte is also far more rewarding for really discovering Berlin’s monuments and sights. For example, the hidden gem of the Soviet War Memorial is located in Treptower Park and the Wannsee Conference House is nearer Potsdam than central Berlin.

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Das ist Berlin: Green Spaces

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismusBerlin is made up of forty-six percent of green spaces or water, making it one of the greenest cities in Europe and are now an intricate part of Berliners culture. Locals and visitors love to spend one warm afternoon visiting one of the many parks and talking long walks alongside the flowing canals that run through the city. Peacock Island is an ideal location to go visit especially on a summers evening or for somewhere more central Tiergarten where many visitors love to hang out with friends or spend time quietly reading a book or wander over to Mauerpark which holds a flea market so you can scramble in its delights in this vast open land.

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Into Berlin

curso-praktikum-reisejournalimus-intoberlinYou don’t need to search hard in this city to discover a creative pulse. Berlin’s culture is tattooed onto its bones, the vibrant colours of its street art bleed and swell to fill the marks etched by its barbed history; it wears its art on its sleeve. Nowhere is this captured more absolutely than by the East Side Gallery, which is both a historical monument and a public easel. Staring obstinately down three decades, the witty, sad, motivational and defiant works of hundreds of artists are a roaring tribute to the formative power of tumult. For those who prefer their culture boxed and beribboned, Museumsinsel is a birdfeeder for the vulturous. It houses a huddle of museums and galleries containing art and artefacts from antiquity to the present day. But nothing stays restrained for long; every summer, Berlin erupts onto the streets in the free-flowing Karnival der Kulturen, as the city celebrates not only its own culture, but also the world’s.

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