borderless Europe

Last Stop of Team Blue: Naples, the City of Strong Opinions

By Hanna Polischuk And the trip of the Team Blue is coming to an end. Arriving to the port of Naples by ferry, also provided by InterRail as well as all the trains before, the feeling of the ultimate destination made us feel a bit sad. Anyway, one more local was awaiting, so we started our preparations. Naples is not only the city of the best pizza in the world, but also a city of tradition, architecture, sea port and brave, strong opinions. Young people are not afraid to express what they think and draw attention to what they consider the [...]

Last Stop of Team Blue: Naples, the City of Strong Opinions2016-09-26T15:20:44+00:00

To Schengen or not to Schengen, that’s the question!

By Chikulupi Kasaka From the 11th to the 13th  of May 2016, Team Red from Europe on Track 3 occupied Udine land in Italy. The team had quite a good experience despite the rainy weather. On the 11st May, upon arriving at Udine train station, we received warm hugs from Davide and the team of AEGEE-Udine, that made us feel at home. On the 12th May, Team Red had one mission: to find out the views and opinions of the youth in Udine concerning Youth Mobility. AEGEE-Udine prepared an amazing event where Team Red facilitated a wonderful session that many participants attended. At 5:30pm, the [...]

To Schengen or not to Schengen, that’s the question!2016-08-15T17:12:48+00:00

What do Greeks think about a borderless Europe and the refugee crisis?

By Hanna Polischuk The next stop where we experienced the refugee problem and raised the question about the borderless Europe was Greece. We asked some students, whom we met in Athens and Patras, for their opinions. Most of our respondents have already been travelling around Europe either for holidays or for education and cultural exchanges. Many of them have gained international experience by being members of international organizations and studying in other countries via Erasmus amongst others. On the question if there are borders in Europe, almost everyone said that they are, but only in our minds: “I think that borders [...]

What do Greeks think about a borderless Europe and the refugee crisis?2016-07-16T20:04:26+00:00

Team Blue Is in the Country of Democracy

By Hanna Polischuk After such a warm hospitality of the three Turkish cities that we visited, it was hard to leave the country so soon. However, our route was already planned, and two wonderful Greek locals were waiting for us Our first stop in this country was Athens, the city of the famous Acropolis, democracy, Agora and gods. AEGEEans from this amazing locals organised a city tour which described us the ancient and modern Greece. The main discussion was about democracy and how it developed through history. We could feel the past when we went up to the Acropolis, the ancient citadel of [...]

Team Blue Is in the Country of Democracy2016-07-08T10:26:18+00:00

Same questions, different people

By Hanna Polischuk Travelling from one Turkish city to another, we discovered that not all the young people see Europe and its current issues in the same way. However, there is a strong wish to become a part of Europen from the youth perspective. Below you will see the current problems the country is experiencing from the point of view of Turkish youth. Do you think there are borders in Europe? Yes and no. There are borders in Europe as we see in the maps; but no, because each young person can go abroad and feel as a local there. There [...]

Same questions, different people2016-07-04T17:28:56+00:00

Imagine there’s no borders – Team Blue in Turkey

By Hanna Polischuk Our travel continued. We were heading directly from Bulgaria to Turkey. In the train we met young people from New Zealand and Spain. What a surprise! The trip became more interesting, especially when we began the discussion about borders. Rosa was going to Turkey because her Schengen visa was finishing, and Cesar, the Spanish EVS volunteer in Moldova, decided to do the Balkan trip with the last-minute decision to go also to Turkey. We were sharing our stories for a while, when suddenly, the train stopped in the middle of the night. We looked at the window [...]

Imagine there’s no borders – Team Blue in Turkey2016-06-12T12:40:30+00:00

Team Red in Barcelona exploring youth mobility!

By Chikulupi Kasaka Team Red arrived in Barcelona in the wake of Monday 9th May 2016 from A Corña through the overnight Interrail train. Upon arrival, our hosts Aegee-Barcelona came to pick us up and took us to our accommodation at St. Christopher’s’ Inn Hostel. In the evening of the same day, the team had a workshop with youth in Barcelona. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the Europe on Track 3 Project, a “Where Does Europe End?” exercise and ended by discussing youth mobility and their experiences with traveling abroad, exchange programmes as well Erasmus programmes. With Youth [...]

Team Red in Barcelona exploring youth mobility!2016-05-25T17:32:30+00:00

Interviewing at the Bulgarian-Turkish Border

By Hanna Polishchuk On our way from Bulgaria to Turkey we met again one boy that travelled with us in the same train just a couple of days ago from Serbia. We decided to introduce each other and to ask him about the trip. César Perales is a 25-year-old EVS volunteer from Spain currently living in Moldova. On our last train we all witnessed how the police took several young boys out of the train when we were approaching the Bulgarian border. We thought that they might be refugees, so we began to discuss this topic with our new friend. Below you can find the [...]

Interviewing at the Bulgarian-Turkish Border2016-05-23T16:48:36+00:00

Team Red in A Coruña: United in Diversity?

By Chikulupi Kasaka Team Red of Europe on Track 3 arrived in A Coruña, Spain at 11am on 7th May 2016 with the best train experience. Thanks to Interrail for making it a real once-in-a-life experience! AEGEE-A Coruña warmly welcomed the team and offered us a nice time to relax and get ready for the sessions. Our host, Alejandra, took the team for lunch to boost their energy before going to a workshop. This revived the energy and enthusiasm of the team to go and discuss the Refugees and migration crisis in Europe. AEGEE-A Coruña organized an event under the [...]

Team Red in A Coruña: United in Diversity?2016-05-13T08:18:34+00:00

More unity, more solidarity, more European identity

By Hanna Polishchuk During our stop in Hungary, we had the opportunity to ask young people what they think about the European Union, borders and the refugee crisis. We would like to share with you some interesting answers we received from Péter Sczigel, 22, Hungarian, Student and the President of AEGEE-Budapest and Màtè Bàlint, 24 ,Hungarian,  Analyst of the Central Bank of Hungary. They both have international experience, and travelled to other countries for different reasons. We asked them how easy it was for them to cross European borders. Do you feel borders in Europe? If yes which ones? Péter: [...]

More unity, more solidarity, more European identity2016-05-09T07:32:57+00:00