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…

Importance of a Global Perspective: Greece

Story and photo by Zoe Muprhy  I was born in Rome, but left just before my second birthday. My first words were a mix of English, Greek (my mom’s native language), Italian and a smattering of Polish from my Warsaw-born babysitter. I was well on my way to becoming a global citizen- little did I…

Apprehension and Excitement in Greece

Story by Max Read As I arrived in Greece for my first co-op at the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), I tried to avoid having too many expectations. I knew little about the country and even less about the organization I’d be working for. The few things I knew about Greece came mostly from news…

The End of Asylum

Refugee Program Sentiment Shifts in Sweden and the Netherlands Research by Kayla O’Neill What factors have led to a change in refugee program policies in the historically welcoming countries of Sweden and the Netherlands? This question is important due to the number of asylum seekers in these countries whose lives are directly impacted. The European…

Summer in London

Story by Max Read A couple weeks into my first co-op at an intergovernmental organization in Greece, I decided to apply to the London School of Economics and Political Science’s summer program. When I was accepted, the “Brexit” vote was still half a year away, and campaigning hadn’t started in earnest yet. By the first day…

Enveloped by Art

Story by Illeana Cortessi I inherited my father’s love of art.  As a young child, I remember being dragged with my brother and sister to museum after museum, to art galleries and to architectural masterpieces. After my first dialogue in Italy where I studied family business, I decided to do something completely different next. As…

Family Business in Italy

Story by Illeana Cortessi “Buon giorno tutti!” said the bus driver as he was taking us into the city of Verona. We had finally arrived and, though tired, we were excited for the first day of our journey. We entered the hostel, up to our rooms, and started getting ready for our first traditional Italian…

Making Human Connections in Sevilla and Barcelona

Story by Alessandra Grillo Throughout my early education and into freshmen year of college,  I studied Spanish language and culture.  Each textbook assignment and pedantic lecture that passed only crystallized my desire to immerse myself in the vivacious Spanish culture.  Ultimately, in order to understand the intricacies of this European cultural hub, I knew I…

Lessons From the United Nations Dialogue of Civilizations

Story by Chelsea Lauder It is amazing what one can learn from simply listening and questioning. Experiencing an international conference on today’s top security issues, listening to your Professor speak at a Conference on Disarmament forum, and having in depth conversations with the men and women who are actively writing treaties to change the world…

Leap of Faith

Story and photo by Monika Khatuja, khatuja.m@husky.neu.edu As a twenty-four year old girl from India, coming to the states for college was a difficult transition.  The decision was difficult for my family and friends to digest, as I have lived in India my entire life.  However, I tend to live by the philosophy that if…

Jetting off to London Alone

Story by Alyssa Bilotta, bilotta.a@husky.neu.edu I stood alone at the American Airlines terminal of Miami International Airport. Watching my dad drive away, I strongly considered abandoning my luggage and sprinting after him. How did I think that I could just move to another country for three months without knowing anyone?  This plane ride was going to…

Traveler or a Tourist? Reflections on a Dialogue

Story and photo by Alex Jones, jones.ale@husky.neu.edu I’m riding on the back of a moped through the Old Town of Rhodes, and my mind is on the syllabus. I have class in an hour and I remember a quote from it: “Be a traveler, not a tourist.” That was the guiding philosophy of our Dialogue…