Living in a Radical City: Notes from Athens, Greece

by Dimitris Christianopoulos, Modern Greek and French – Athens is not a year abroad destination. Athens is not a holiday. In a period of crisis, where austerity continues to run rampant, where even the new radical left party cannot save the country from the imperialistic measures of the European Union, where a humanitarian crisis in…

In Defence of Naples: Seeing beyond a bad reputation

by Laura Shanahan, Italian and French– It’s early evening on a Sunday, still warm and light outside, and I’m sitting in one of Naples’s main squares, Piazza Dante. The scene before me is one of chaos. The piazza is dominated by a group of teenagers who have stretched a bit of rope between two lampposts…

The Burden of Bureaucracy

by Lise Noyau, Spanish and Portuguese –  Lise is currently interning in São Paulo, Brazil. Here are her thoughts and experiences of bureaucracy there: My experiences of bureaucracy, specifically Brazilian bureaucracy, has come close to making me hate the place. Within four hours of landing in São Paulo, I received an email enthusiastically informing me…