When we arrived at Robin Food the smell of carrot soup pervaded the air. Buzzy atmosphere, open kitchen, colourful paintings and walls, high ceiling and a cheerful dog wandering around with a melon in mouth. The first experience at the Guerrilla Kitchen, a collective run by volunteers in Amsterdam, was quite eye-opening.
Like the human species itself, hairstyles have never escaped the hands of evolution, and have been grown not only to maximize looks, but also to transmit messages about the political and social background of those who wear them.
Do you find it interesting that we, typical human beings, can be so much into our own world that we forget that there is a big universe beyond what we already know. If we were to pay more attention to the world outside our front door, we would realize how little we know and how much there is to be learnt. Vikash Das brings us a beautiful story, which explains how he found a new world where he belongs. But that world is one which required going out of the world that he already knew.
The Internet era has brought us many changes, but the reactions to them are various: some people are happy to adopt them and see them as normal, while others are simply adjusting – because that is the way to survive – while the rest are protesting and denying its benefits. Our contributor, Katarina, has researched how young people from different parts of the world feel about online dating.
We are all tripping over each other in our busy lives, but have you asked yourself, “Where am I really going?”
Being young entails a lot more responsibility than most people think. With so many issues facing the world today, there are constant pressures on us not only to voice our opinions, but to act on them. We don’t do this the way people before us did; we have found a more creative and personal way to communicate our experiences during times of crisis. So, can our 140 characters really save the world?
For the past four years we had structure: school, work, and study. We had professors, mentors, and fellow students holding our hands along the path to our diplomas. Now most of us have moved back home and are on our own. Our clubs have new presidents, no more exams to study for, and we’re stuck with the sense that someone is going to come along to help us. The truth is, there is no guarantee that someone will.
Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump has stated that if elected president, he will construct a wall between the United States and Mexico to deter illegal immigration. Without addressing the patently bigoted, fear mongering behind this type of rhetoric, I would like to note that this would not be the first wall created out of fear of one group of people fearing another. In fact most walls, I believe, are intangible. We create them inside our minds.
Looking for your own place to live can be a challenging task in European capitals. High demand for flats and rooms for rent together with limited rental offers can make this task nearly impossible. Here is the story of a young lady Sofia who is trying to find a room in a shared flat in Amsterdam.
I am not a particularly interesting person; however, I am a person who is interested in many things: different languages, cultures, genres of music and literature, the list goes on. I have a burning curiosity that has led me to meeting people from all over the world who have shared with me their incredible stories. I have spoken with U.S. diplomats, Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, Turkish ambassadors, and Georgian and Armenian civil societies. From discussing tensions between Russia and the Baltics with my Lithuanian and Estonian hosts, and to learning about the various ethno-religious groups in the Middle East with my friends from Syria and Iraq, my curiosity knows no bounds.