72 hours in Barcelona

By Chloe-May Hornbuckle Nothing beats a weekend escape to a place where the sun is (almost) always shining, where the streets are always bustling, the atmosphere is vibrant and where you just can’t get enough of the food… If that all  sounds perfect, then Barcelona is the place for you! Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage…

The Australian bushfires: feel-good stories despite the devastation

By Lily King The world has been shocked in the past weeks by the images of devastating bushfires engulfing Australia. The highest possible Fire Danger Rating, catastrophic, has been declared in several locations with the blaze taking a toll on plant, animal and human life, burning through over 12 million acres according to Time Magazine….

The Year Abroad Blues

By Fabiana Barber Monday morning. I’d gently open the balcony doors to feel the warm Madrid sun hug me, as light flooded my room. I’d sip a ‘Café con leche’ with a sugar-topped Magdalena in Plaza de Callao, content with the day ahead. After lectures had finished, I’d head home to my 12-person flat filled…

The Resurgence of the Farc

By Elsie Haldane In August this year, Colombia (and the world) awoke to the news which many had feared: a call to arms from the Farc rebels, a group responsible for the deaths of more than 35,000 civilians and the forced displacement of many more. They have posted a video from Venezuela (meaning they cannot…

3 razões para visitar a cidade do Porto!

By Emma Bralic Velho O Porto é uma cidade portuguesa situada no norte do país à beira mar. É uma cidade muito bonita e que deveria ser mais apreciada.  Se nunca tiveres ouvido falar sobre a cidade do Porto, prepara-te já, porque isto agora vai ser mesmo uma aventura!  Comida. É um facto bem conhecido…

Um passeio na Parque de Juventude

By Finn Hills Ao chegar em São Paulo, seria ingenuidade achar que você poderia lidar bem com a vida de turista. A maior cidade da América do Sul que ao contrário do Rio de Janeiro, parece uma selva urbana como outras cidades Latino-americanas. Contudo, se você fosse atrás uma experiência mais personalizada e fora do…

Культура фаст-фуда в России

По Anna Walthew Когда я была в России, это удивило меня, сколько ресторанов фаст-фуда я увидела. Мне казалось, что все рестораны в Санкт-Петербурге – это рестораны фаст-фуда. Конечно, там много других ресторанов, но это показывает, как процветает рынок фаст-фуда в России. В 2011 году доля фаст-фуда от продаж потребительских продуктов питания составляла 47%, а в…

Surviving Sub Zero Temperatures

By Lily King Us Brits love a good moan about the weather in the UK, but how do people cope in really cold climates? I asked five UoB students who have lived in cold countries for their advice on keeping warm… Maisie: Ontario, Canada “Never go outside with wet hair- I made this mistake once…

Vivint la vida del poble

Cecilia Hallpike Sempre he viscut a una ciutat, a Londres, València i Birmingham, per ser precisos. Però, de sobte, m’he trobat vivint a un petit poble català. Fa més d’un mes que vaig arribar aquí, i a poc a poc m’estic acostumant a una vida molt diferent! Fins ara, hi ha hagut moltes coses que…