An Introduction to Malta

At the end of September, I decided to visit a friend of mine who studies in Malta. This two week visit turned into an impromptu study abroad, as I’ve decided to stay until February 2021. The reason that I decided to stay is because the country is beautiful, the weather is amazing, and I live…

The Woods Have Eyes

The woods by my childhood home are host to something rotten.  When I was younger and still incredibly scared of the dark, I would take the long way home from football practice during autumn and winter - across the train tracks, and past the wheat fields - because the sun would set at 5 pm…

Avocado toast 2.0

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to have a nice brunch meal at your favorite restaurant nowadays... But don’t fret, the culinary community is willing to share their favorite fancy avocado toast recipe. This avocado toast has everything you like. The creamy avocado on crusty bread accompanied by a savory-and-sweet sauce that will definitely lift your…

A take on chili sin carne

Author: Culinary Committee With the weather getting colder and the days greying, this chili is just the right thing to bring a little comfort. It’s the perfect opener for the Halloween season! While it is a slightly time-consuming recipe, it’s a great meal to share with your flatmates, friends or a great option for meal…

The Economic Crisis: Ecuador’s Truncated Alternatives

Author: Dr. María Gabriela Palacio Given the interconnectedness of Latin American economies with global markets, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are manifold. Lockdown measures have disrupted global value chains; both goods and services. The volumes and values traded globally have severely decreased, also affecting merchandising and insurance. Given its production structure, the region…

Cannot Be Unseen: Inequality in Latin America in the Time of COVID-19 – Case Study Brazil

Author: Dr. María Gabriela Palacio 'I don't think we did go blind; I think we are blind.Blind but seeing, blind people who can see, but do not see.' ― José Saramago, Blindness In early April, Arundhati Roy compared the virus with a chemical experiment that suddenly illuminated all the hidden things:. The levels of precarity,…

Things I wish I knew Before I started International Studies: Kelly Musyoka

In this series, the senior members of BAISmag reflect on their experiences in studying IS and provide advice for the incoming first-year students. This week, Website Manager Kelly Musyoka gives some tips on dealing with self-doubt surrounding a new study programme.  When I started studying International Studies last year, I had just transferred after attending…

Things I wish I knew Before I started International Studies: Kira Paynter

In this series, the senior members of BAISmag reflect on their experiences in studying IS and provide advice for the incoming first-year students. This week, Managerial Editor Kira Paynter gives some tips on surviving University life, online. I have learned many lessons throughout my study experience at Leiden. Concepts such as Orientalism and discourse; honestly…