First Brussels' narrow and curvy streets started to fascinate me, orientation is there easily lost. Art Nouveu residental houses and modern looking Art Deco buildings catching my eye. End of the 19th century, first half of the [...]
Brussels, 26 April 2013 Dear reader, How are you? I hope you have been well. I am writing to you as I have a thing on my mind I have been waiting to put on paper… I have been here for a while now and my Mom no longer feels an urgent need [...]
This is our first meeting, so let's do it British-style and talk about the weather. When I packed myself the first time I went to Brussels (old good Erasmus times) all friends were jealous of a short and relatively mild winter. I was happy about it too. But then, the reality struck me. Being from [...]
Somewhere in this vast virtual space exists a blog post written by past Caroline, beginning trainee. Here we are, over a year later, and somehow… I'm staying! "Is this your first job-job?" – "Yes." (pauses) "Yes-yes." And what did I learn so far? What I learned from Engagor Statistics are your new best friend. But [...]
Strengths and weaknesses belong to your organisation – there is something you can do about it (most of the time). The second part of the SWOT analysis aims at identifying external opportunities and threats. They happen to exist outside your organisation and are essential to consider in order to reach your objectives. Because you've [...]
When I was a student, I went to the European Parliament on a study trip. On site, I met a British student who asked me if I already had visited my MEP. MY MEP? I did not have an MEP, as far as I knew, and was immediately jealous of this British student who apparently [...]
The recent outbreak of conflict in and around the Gaza Strip has again illustrated the importance of social media in the battle for hearts and minds and in the wider communication actiities of the parties to the conflict. In this case, the use of Twitter by the Israeli Defence Force has attracted much attention. So what [...]
"Erasmus and investment in worst-hit countries at risk, warns Lamassoure" (European Parliament) "Erasmus est-il menacé par les restrictions budgetaires?" (Le Monde) These are only a few examples of the articles that were being passed around between my friends on Facebook a few weeks ago. Captions usually read "Nooooo!" or ":-((((((". This is not the part [...]
A wise older friend, now something terribly important in the EU, once observed to me: “All of us had at some point to give up the job we loved to move on.” True, I suppose, you have to move on, don’t you? But it doesn’t make it much easier for me to leave WebCom.
I had visitors in Brussels during one weekend, from Denmark, Germany and Netherlands. Three good friends who I met four years ago when doing my European Voluntary Service (EVS) in Romania. There is maybe nothing too much special to have friends over but there is something special to have the feeling that it is very [...]
I never got her name but I will always think of her as 1999. 1999, the year I went to journalism school and the faculty told us students not to buy a computer, but to invest that money in a driver's license instead. The 15 computers the university had bought and kitted with this new [...]
France might be one of the better places for meeting the French, but it also works a treat for making friends from outside the Hexagone. When I left Paris in 1999 after studying there for a year, I did so with an address book spanning the breadth of the European continent. It didn't involve me [...]
What is it that really matters to most people about their jobs, once they have one that can keep body and soul together in a satisfactory manner, that is? I suppose it’s about two things: (i) whether you actually believe you are achieving something, and (ii) who you work with. Simple really.
Parklife: Elisa, our Italian trainee, discovers the joys of Brussels’ parks.
Like most of the EU Communicating Brussels Bubble, I watched the excellent speech given by Simon Anholt. I wasn’t at the EuropComm 2011 opening session, I only showed up at the workshops where I started to hear about how this speech was great, witty and inspiring. The following weekend saw the video being shared on my teammates’ facebook [...]
Last week we wrote several articles on volunteering on the occasion of the II Youth Convention on Volunteering. A recurrent assumption on voulunteering is that you “help the others”. Allow me to disagree: for me volunteering is, first of all, helping yourself. And – at best – some trees.
People always think that I’m a nutter or at least come from Mars when I admit that when I moved to Brussels for work three years ago I spoke Dutch but didn’t know a single word in French. (No, I am not Dutch.) OK, it can happen that you move to Brussels and don’t speak [...]
This is not a discussion on the merits of working for WebCom but an attempt to develop a scientific method of gauging the success of one’s holidays.
Where are they now? Do you ever wonder about all those bright young things who pass through Brussels as “stagiaires”? Seven ex-trainees tell us how it was for them.
I’ve always considered the iPad as a beautiful, wonderful, joyful tool for consulting digital content rather than for producing any. Nevertheless, the range of proposed applications dedicated to writing, editing photography, publishing on various blogs platforms never ceases to impress me. I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the EP doesn’t always support my [...]