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  • Cafébabel, Partner of the Second EVS Film Festival Contest

    By on July 22, 2014

    The EVS Film Festival is back! cafébabel couldn't wait to be a part of it. Even more so this year as the theme of the video contest initiated by the French Eras­mus+ Youth and Sport Agency is the famous quote from Gandhi: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

  • Girls in Hawaii: The band that survived

    By on July 20, 2014

    When the drum­mer passed away in a car ac­ci­dent three years ago, Girls in Hawaii thought it was over. They were at their best and sud­denly, si­lence. Now, the band gets back on stage, ready to tell the world that "it's not over, they've sur­vived and there's hope".

  • Seville: Dance Classes in the Time Bank

    By on July 21, 2014

    The Tri­ana dis­trict in Seville is al­legedly the cra­dle of fla­menco. Today, peo­ple are tak­ing dance classes here in a bank. In the time bank, ser­vices are ex­changed for oth­ers. I vis­ited the bank in Seville to see whether it works and I didn't have to bring any money to do so. 

  • Life with Disability: “I am not Feeble-minded, I just Can’t Hear You Well”

    By on July 21, 2014

    When I go to the counter in some in­sti­tu­tion, I have to read the lips of the of­fi­cer be­hind the counter be­cause I can­not hear the voice. Some­times I do not un­der­stand so I have to ask same things sev­eral times. Then this per­son be­comes upset and starts yelling at me say­ing word by word, as if I am fee­ble-minded

  • Pim de Kuijer, a fellow Babelian died in Malaysian Airline MH17 air crash over Ukraine

    By on July 18, 2014

    Sometimes front-page news reach you directly via your Facebook private messages. Yesterday, we learned through Thamar Zylstra, a former Babelian from our local team in Amsterdam, that Pim de Kuijer was reported dead after the crash of the MH17 airplane shot in Ukraine.

  • After the Crisis: Seville's Artistic Response

    By on July 20, 2014

    Set­ting off for Seville, the city where a stag­ger­ing 50.6% of 25-44 year olds are un­em­ployed, I was steel­ing my­self to meet Spain’s un­der­dogs – down-and-out­ers de­nied jobs and drained of joie-de-vivre, whose only re­al­is­tic ca­reer move is the move abroad. Hap­pily, Seville de­fied my ex­pec­ta­tions when I met a slice of its avant-garde: Spain's post-mil­len­nial Pre-Raphaelites.

  • Translator of the month!

    By on July 20, 2014

    Since Maria-Christina Doulami de­buted with her first cafébabel trans­la­tion in May, she has al­ready made a vis­i­ble im­pact. Thanks to her, cafébabel read­ers can now enjoy a wider se­lec­tion of ar­ti­cles from the French and Spanish versions. She is a dreamer and lover of lan­guages who aims to travel Eu­rope...

  • Love and Marriage: Slovak Gays Can Have One But Not The Other

    By on July 23, 2014

    On June 4th, the gov­ern­ment of Slo­va­kia de­fined mar­riage as a unique union be­tween one man and one woman. The decision remains controversial with segments of the Slovakian population rejoicing and others weeping.

  • Welcome to Pentagon: Bratislava’s mythical junkie lair

    By on July 16, 2014

    The beauty of a city pul­sates not only in its touris­tic ar­ter­ies, but also in the places where one should not ven­ture with­out a knife. The lat­ter are erased from guides and post­cards. For many years, Pen­ta­gon, the myth­i­cal junkie hol­low, has been a dis­fig­ur­ing scar on Bratislava’s cheek. What does the dis­hon­oured drug su­per­mar­ket of the Slo­vak cap­i­tal looks like today?

  • The Political Animal: An Italian Communist in the Bundestag

    By on July 15, 2014

    Born in Tus­cany, Paola Gi­ac­ulli was al­ready an Ital­ian Com­mu­nist Party ac­tivist at the age of 15. But now this po­lit­i­cal an­i­mal has mi­grated to the Bun­destag, where she bat­tles his­tory, cap­i­tal­ism and An­gela Merkel on be­half of Ger­many's far-left party, Die Linke. She also had a shot at the European Parliament. I caught up with her in Berlin...