Letters to Spring (in the Netherlands)

Dear Spring,

2nd of February 2018,

Yesterday I officially moved into my new apartment, in my new college, in a new town and in a new country. You’ve made me feel right at home, Spring, and the weather here is not much different from back home. Though everything around me is strange and new, I’m settling in OK and taking everyday as it comes. Thankfully I’ve already found people to embrace this new adventure with.


Interview: I am a woman in Afghanistan

As part of a college assignment last semester, we were asked to write a report on an issue of our choice, that is effecting a developing country. I chose to the theme of gender equality and with the magic of the internet, I managed to get in touch with an inspirational female vet in Afghanistan. She told me her story and how she and many others won’t let the force of inequality crush them. 

The Nowzad veterinary clinic in Kabul is revolutionary in many ways.  The clinic, which relies on donations for the work it carries out, is the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan. They offer practical training programmes for veterinary students and they provide vaccinations and care for animals, that have been adopted by soldiers in war torn parts of Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya and Kuwait. The clinic also proudly boasts that its staff include Afghan female veterinarians, something that is considered a ground breaking achievement in Afghanistan. One such vet who Nowzad put me in touch with, is Malalai Haikal.


Let me tell you a Secret


After a month at home in my sleepy, wintry little town, I made a trip up to Dublin before I head away next week, (did you know that I’m going away on Erasmus? Don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet..!) I’m heading home today, but at the moment I’m in my favourite little coffee shop in the Liberties, waiting for my friends to finish their lecture (so strange that I won’t be in class with them this semester!) before we go for lunch. But while I’m here, I thought I’d tell you about a secret I learnt in January.