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After two years working in a small office in London, I have come up with my personal list of golden rules to be more productive and get along better with my colleagues. They may or may not apply to your particular situation, but I thought I would share them with you! Here we go:

  1. Observe your surroundings and notice how your colleagues communicate with one another. In some small teams it may be okay to simply talk, while in other situations it is better to rely on emails.
  2. Manage expectations: be honest about how long something is going to take…


I met this child across the fence
He was peeking at me behind his doll
A smile like an open concert on his face
Little heart dimples, deep and sincere

His sweet hazelnut eyes, what have they seen?
How many the miles in the arms of his father?
How many the ones he travelled on foot?
He, a Spartan warrior crossing the Aegean Sea

And again
From the embrace of his mother, to that of Morpheus
Pushing along a river of humans
Were you dreaming of your Ithaca?

Of your family beyond the last labour?
Of your marbles lying on the seabed
And a foreign land your new playground?
A candid innocence wrapped in coloured shrouds

Hold your roots tight, you’ll bring them to life
In your new home
With doors wide open
Everybody is welcome.


The back of the Museum of Estonian History. Here lies some sort of graveyard with various remains of Soviet era statues.

Between the spring and the summer of 1990, after five decades of Soviet rule and German occupation, the three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania commenced the procedures to restore their independences, asserting the de jure continuity of their states and adopting reviewed versions of their pre-war constitutions. For the majority of their people, this coincided with the resurgence of a sense of national pride and identity after decades of oppression. The dissolution of the Soviet Union, however, also made large swaths of the population collapse in a grey area between two states.


Over 2,000 take to the streets of London as part of ‘International Wave of Solidarity for Palestine’


Valeria caught between East and West: Ivangorod Fortress (to the right) opposite Hermann Castle, with Narva River in between.

Valeria is 27 years old, she works as a journalist, she loves photography and comes from nowhere. Her undetermined nationality is a consequence of the dissolution of the Soviet Union control across Eastern Europe during the 1990s, which drastically changed the political scenario in countries like Estonia. She is frustrated by bureaucracy and waiting to take her citizenship exams in order to become Estonian. Her grey passport and her birthplace being a border town are vivid metaphors of her own self and offer prompts for reflection on the meaning of identity. As grey lies between black and white, Valeria lingers…


As holder of one of the most widely accepted passport in the world, I have never stopped too much thinking how hard it is to move freely when your passport is barely recognized.

My passport allows me to visit, work and reside in all of the 190 undisputed sovereign States in the world. My process to get a visa in those countries is fairly easy and, in many cases, not even needed.

Last week I decided to come visit Israel, and I simply had to book my airplane ticket. Last year I decided to do Masters in a university in…


On my way, inshallah

As holder of one of the most widely accepted passport in the world, I have never stopped too much thinking how hard it is to move freely when your passport is barely recognized.

My passport allows me to visit, work and reside in all of the 190 undisputed sovereign States in the world. My process to get a visa in those countries is fairly easy and, in many cases, not even needed.

Last week I decided to come visit Israel, and I simply had to book my airplane ticket. Last year I decided to do Masters…


Driving south from Bethlehem to Hebron on Route 60, a main settler road in the Occupied West Bank, is Beit al-Baraka, an old church compound made up of eight buildings built from Jerusalem yellow stone. It sits just to the north of Al Arroub refugee camp and for many years it existed as the site of a Presbyterian mission, first as a hospital and later as a hostel. But now its ownership is being questioned, following allegations that it has been sold to right-wing settlers.

Haaretz published last Friday that the site had been sold to Aryeh King, who was…

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