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Author Archives: Lydia Walter

Lydia Walter is at the moment doing her bachelor in IRIO with a special interest in history, human rights and languages. Curiosity about different cultures and people motivate her to travel and read as much as possible.

Studying Abroad: Rome 1

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, Le Cittá Invisibili) And this certainly counts for Rome, the city where I am currently spending my Erasmus semester. Absurd rules. The first remarkable thing was the impossibility of getting in ... Read More »

Ethical Traveling

Traveling to Myanmar – can the ethical traveller square that with his or her conscience? Until relatively recently the answer would have certainly been negative, but things are starting to change. Ethical consumerism is a concept that involves a lot of decision-making and deliberation. But it does not stop after we chose between tofu and meat, between train and plain. Even ... Read More »

A Lost War

The drug war in Mexico: 35,000 casualties, the biggest law suit ever to the ICC and a shocking amount of human rights abuses. A story of systematic failure. There are two sides to the war on drugs: Firstly, the attempt to supress trade and consumption of hard drugs is a quasi-impossible undertaking. Secondly, as long as drugs are illegal, the ... Read More »