Team Blue

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

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

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

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

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

Team blue in Zagreb: Experiencing Hungarian/Croatian Border

By Hanna Polishchuk Everything seemed wonderful at the beginning, but as soon as we approached the Hungarian-Croatian border, the tension began to rise. We thought it is just another ticket control, but the woman asked for the passport. So, we gave our documents to her. The Italian one was turned back quite fast but when she was checking the Ukrainian, at some point we heard her saying “Kaput!” and she left the wagon with the passport. At this point my heart beating was increasing and we all were anxiously waiting for the verdict. At some point, they also asked for [...]

Team blue in Zagreb: Experiencing Hungarian/Croatian Border2016-05-05T11:15:34+00:00

Two Polish Students, Boguslawa and Daniel, About The Borders in Europe

Travelling to Poland, Team Blue from Europe on Track 3 got the chance to interview many young people on important issues about European borders and the situation with refugees. Let’s see what results they got! Two Polish students, Boguslawa, 23, and Daniel, 26, agreed to answer our questions. Both of them have travelled abroad and took part ininternational projects. They are both satisfied with the living and working conditions in their country, and are considering to stay there in the future.     What is Europe for you? What do you feel when you hear this word? Boguslawa: I think that [...]

Two Polish Students, Boguslawa and Daniel, About The Borders in Europe2016-05-03T10:15:34+00:00

Team Blue: Hungary is not as closed as we think nowadays!

By Hanna Polishchuk One more long train journey directly from Warsaw to the capital of Hungary was ahead of us. However, with Interrail trains it was comfortable and light. This time we decided to sleep in the train almost all the way to get more energy for the evening. Agi from AEGEE-Budapest met us in the train station, and we went to her home. Together with Mate they prepared a tasty traditional Hungarian dish. The day after, we met other members of this wonderful local (Peti, Bernadett and Dorottya) who took us to the outdoor session. We were walking through the [...]

Team Blue: Hungary is not as closed as we think nowadays!2016-05-02T10:56:23+00:00

Team blue: Stop 1, Prague, Czech Republic

By Hanna  Polishchuk Prague is an intercultural, young city full of opportunities and contrasts. It is filled with the spirit of tourists and international students. As we discovered, it is not easy to find local people in the heart of the capital: you never know who you are going to meet! Italians, Polish, Spanish, German, Americans, Vietnamese, Russians, Latin Americans, Ukrainians, Dutch people.... And there is an explanation of this phenomena. Architecture. Passing the streets of Prague, one cannot avoid his/her head moving around not to lose any attraction nor any interesting spot. Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with [...]

Team blue: Stop 1, Prague, Czech Republic2016-04-25T07:47:27+00:00

Team blue: Europe on Prague!

By Hanna  Polishchuk   The day began quite late for us, as we finally had the chance to get a normal sleep! After having a delicious breakfast made by Ksenia we went to see the city with Sasha. . It was very interesting to go back with her to the tour of the past, as she told us many interesting historical facts about beautiful Prague.   The Old Town Square was full of people! However, it was really hard to find there Czech people, so the interviews were from Polish, German, Italian and Latin American tourists. People were easy-going and [...]

Team blue: Europe on Prague!2016-04-24T18:41:03+00:00