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GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein has become famous

Europe bad and good By 29 abril, 2018 No Comments

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A recent event, the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, of whom I will speak in due time, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, in the extreme north of Germany, next to the border with Denmark, has reminded me of that part of German land —land and sea, I should say— especially dear to me and that perhaps I know better than the rest of the country, for which I profess, as a whole and for many reasons, an invincible affection. I enjoyed many times its beautiful landscapes and the civility of its people. The idea that Germans do not make much noise when they meet is one of the misconceptions that different peoples have of each other. It so happens that in Spain we may all speak at once and Germans do it more orderly, almost always one at a time. At the end, the laughter, the approval or disapproval, the jokes and the songs may be even noisier or louder than in Spain.

UK: to be rich is an advantage

Study By 17 abril, 2018 No Comments

Higher education in the United Kingdom is riddled with inequalities, says Ben Whittaker, National Union of Students (NUS) director of student voice and influence. For many students, opportunities slam shut every step of the way. Improving equality is not only about students getting in – but also on – at university.

AMSTERDAM: The impact of a free society

Living By 14 abril, 2018 2 Comments

by Amalia Mobley
Amsterdam is a different universe. Throughout my voyage to experience as many different kinds of cities during my last semester abroad, Amsterdam stands out. It’s an extremely progressive city within an extremely progressive country, where things like prostitution are legal. There is one legal product that stands out above the rest: marijuana. The marijuana industry makes it a top destination for college students on their semesters abroad in Europe; while I was there, I definitely saw many young people, but I also saw a handful of older couples looking to try it for the first time. But how do you go about getting your hands on some herb in the first place?

SERVICE: What we can learn from the Japanese

Culture By 6 abril, 2018 No Comments

by Amalia Mobley

Throughout my travels, I feel as though I have seen the most intense extremes of customer service. New York City store clerks and restaurant hosts want to get you served as fast as possible, and for the most part, show very little interest in your wellbeing as a customer. Go in, get your stuff, get out. Living in the big city has made me very used to this kind of behavior, and it never really came across as rude — I was used to impersonal, fast service, and came to expect that from everyone.