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Strasbourg

It´s over!

My traineeship at the Council of Europe is over. It was a very unique experience for me personally and I hope that it will be also rewarding for my professional career. I met very many Roma activists from all over Europe, got to assist in the daily work of the Roma and Travellers Division, and was able to see first hand how an international organisation works. Finding real employment in and international organisation is hard and I am not sure if I really want to work for one. I do not have concrete plans for the future yet. At the moment, I am in Erlangen with Avtandil and we will spend christmas in Hamburg. I am applying for more internships and I wonder if there is ever going to be a real job in the end.....
11.12.06 16:11


Saakashvili

Today, the president of the Republic of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, visited the Parliament of the European Union. Since I can also enter EU premises with my Council badge I had to see him..... (No, the Council of Europe is not a body of the EU!!!).

Unfortunately I was not allowed to enter the hemicycle when he was giving a speech but I went to the cultural part after that. The Georgian national ballett was there and performed folk dances. Very cool but too short. I would have like to see more than two dances. Most important of all though, I saw Saakashvili and his wife in person!!!!! And I was standing only 2 meters away from them.....
14.11.06 19:16


Witnessing Historic moments

Last week I was able to attend the annual meeting of European Roma and Travellers Forum. The Forum is a body which was initiated by the Finnish government. Only Roma can become delegates representing their home countries or NGOs. The Forum is seen as representing European Roma and has the task of communicating with international organisations about Roma issues.
Since the Forum is still in its baby shoes it is really interesting to see which obstacles it is facing in becoming a well functioning and reknown institution. The beginning is never easy and I wonder how the Forum will look like in 10 years......

PS. As a groupie it was also really cool to meet almost all European Roma rights activist in person, after having read their publications for the last couple of years....
14.11.06 19:11


'Friends'

Some people tend to have really short memories! Someone from my high school just contacted me. He wants me to declare him a friend in a student page that we are both subscribed to! Maybe he confuses me with someone else or he spent the last six years consuming tons of drugs which made him forget his school years! When I was in high school he was the one that was making fun of me, insulted me in front of others, talked badly about me, and even through stuff at me. I will never forget his attack with pieces of apple during the last year of high school! It might sound funny but he really made my life be hell. And now the same guy wants me to declare him a friend! I should have put a picture on my profile. Maybe he would have realized earlier who I am.
What makes this so outraging for me is that it took me years after graduating from high school to recover my self esteem and now he does not even remeber that we were never friends......

By the way, I did declare him a 'friend' and wrote him a NASTY email!
30.10.06 17:33


Traineeshiping

Being a trainee at the council is even more intensive then being an Erasmus student. For three months you do a lot of stuff together with people from 46 different countries. And since everyone is sitting in front of the computer all day long you write a lot of mails per day: Good morning mail, lunch mails, coffee mails, evening mails, and week end mails. So far there was something going on almost each and every single night and people are starting to think about trips as well.
I really feel like I have been partying for 9 years. First I did the student exchange when I was 17, then the voluntary service when I was 20, then I studied in Romania, and know I am here. Not to forget about the seminars in between.....
Unfortunately I am not a big party animal because my favorite hoppy is sleeping. So I try to concentrate my partying on the weekends. On the weekends I am desperate because I have no emailat home so I call everyone to ask what the plans for tonight are. Somehow I can no longer live without doing something fun at least once per day........
I always thought that life would get more and more serious when you grow older ......
18.10.06 18:07


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