Lately I’ve been asking myself what makes me happy; I’m not convinced I’ve found the answer yet. It’s essentially an existential crisis around the idea of success and achievement. Cheerful stuff, right?
Personally I believe that I was subconsciously pursuing two contradictory objectives – blending in, and living in an international bubble –, all the while maintaining my JEF engagement outside Paris. Maybe the best advice is to expect less.
I’m back, still alive! Over the past three weeks I gained, among other things, first-hand knowledge of the French healthcare system and some more book wisdom about military strategy. A couple of days after the latest blog post my throat started hurting, and soon I found myself nearly unable to swallow. Over the weekend, I... Continue Reading →
I haven’t been updating the blog at all in the past couple of weeks, not because it’s been boring, but because there hasn’t been too much time to spare. I’ve been trying to stay on top of my reading schedule, and so far with success, and on weekends I’ve travelled around. Here’s some relatively unorganised thoughts and updates!
In a month I’ll be doing a 10-minute oral presentation in French about the role of Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand in the Single European Act and in the creation of a single European currency. I’m looking forward to learning more about the topic, but “wish me luck” is still my first thought!
The long and eventful day had started from the 16th arrondissement of Paris, passed by the 5th, and ended in a three-person bedroom in a brand new Romanian student accommodation complex.
For the purpose of education and amusement, here's the story of what it took for me to get my Erasmus grant contract signed as a Finnish student at a UK university.
If pre-1945 history is remembered through mighty military chiefs and an Egyptian obelisk, the most visible “lieu de mémoire” from post-WWII history was dedicated to a woman who fought for gender equality and for a united Europe.