The Land of Jamón, Siestas, and Yankophiles

By Laura Rodriguez, Global Co-op Star Wars and Kill Bill. slang, memes, Hollywood—the diner that is. “You know, there’s movie theaters where they don’t dub the original movies in English.” It always takes me by surprise exactly how much people outside the US appreciate a culture that we as Americans fail to distinguish ourselves in….

Why is Geneva the Best Place for an International Affairs Major?

By Geerija Aggarwal, Study Abroad Laying on the sand, tanning by the lake, with a view of the Alps and ice cream in one hand; this was by far one of my best summers. Over the last 19 years, I have lived in four countries in four different continents. Although difficult at times, it has…

The Benefits of Returning

By Rachael Phillips, Global Co-op As part of the study abroad community in high school and now a student at Northeastern, I have noticed a clear trend of “country-hopping” among young, curious, and internationally-minded students. Every Dialogue, study abroad semester, and international co-op is somewhere new for a month or six, filling your passport and never…

Traveling Through a Divided Kingdom

By Devin Windelspecht, Global Co-op The streets that wind their way through Belfast used to be battle lines. Twenty years ago, Northern Ireland existed in a state of conflict known as the “Troubles”: a thirty year period of conflict between Catholics and Protestant paramilitaries, in which frequent assassinations, bombings, and civil unrest became a defining feature…

Vacation in Context: Youth Unemployment and Birth Rate in Spain

By Sophie Horn-Mellish, Dialogue of Civilizations The south of Spain conjures up images of beautiful beaches, Sangria with Tapas, and the famous Siesta. What more could I hope for in a study abroad: I get to lounge in the sun, look at old churches, and nap during the day. I knew going to Spain on…

Two Sides of the Same Story

by Gabriela Beatham-Garcia, Global Co-op I’ve always been taught that there’s at least two sides to the same story. This is true both in everyday arguments over who ate the last piece of cake to long standing conflicts like the one between Catalonia and the rest of Spain. But this conflict can also happen within…

Srebrenica: History and Memory

by Matthew Kokkinos, Dialogue of Civilizations Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small, nearly landlocked country tucked away in the Balkans. The country has been conquered several times by various empires and peoples, and as such, it has become populated by many ethnicities and religions, including Islam, Judaism, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Today, Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo,…

Reflections on Mount Olympus

by Catherine Hogan, Study Abroad What does enlightenment feel like? I have often wonder what it will feel like when I finally understand the universe and my place in it. What I never considered, though, was when this feeling would wash over me, and suddenly I would see everything for what it was. For me,…

Pub Culture: More than just a Pint

by Erin Cutroneo, NU.in I am of the NU.in legacy: one of the ones who elected to go abroad their first semester of college instead of going straight to “actual” college. I chose Dublin, Ireland, mainly because my name is Erin, which literally translates as “Ireland.” Within my first week in Ireland, I found myself transported…

Dialogue of Civilizations: Greece

By Sophie Cannon My name is Sophie Cannon and I am very lucky. I am more things than that, but above all else, I am lucky. To start from the beginning, I am currently a second-year journalism major with a minor in international affairs. I am originally from a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, although now…

Florence & Food

Story by Alyssa Bilotta  “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” –  Martin Scorsese  Food was a major part of my experience when I studied abroad in Florence.  Eating any type of meal in Italy is an event, and food holds a special place in every Italian’s day. Ever…