Author: Lauren Chan

Why I entered the #Faces2Hearts Competition

There are few moments in my life that have made me feel a rush of excitement, fear, nervousness and hope. Staring my master’s in Europe was one of them. Most recently, a whirlwind of emotions flooded my mind when I came across this competition by European Commission (EuropeAid). Faces2Hearts is a worldwide blogging experience that will take 4 young people on a 5-month journey across 3 continents. They will discover projects, supported by the EU, that change people’s lives for the better. And they will reveal the often unreported stories of the fascinating people they meet – stories of positive change and hope. The competition asked participants to submit a 60-second video and write a brief motivation for the application. The application is shared online for others to vote & comment. I’m writing because I need your support and to explain what this competition means to me. Before I started my entry I reflected on a question that touches the essence of the competition: why do we tell stories? The earliest stories I remember are from …

In Transit: Greenland – Belgium – Spain

I said a heartfelt goodbye to Greenland at the end of August (which is already several weeks ago). The handful of roads in Ilulissat was becoming very familiar, the sounds of howling dogs, the silence in the early morning, the smell of fish (everywhere)… I felt acquainted to the place. And with those feelings of familiarity came diverging yearnings to remain in comfort and readiness to dive into change, yet again (two roads diverged and I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference). Only in looking back, I am able to fully comprehend the uniqueness of my opportunity to live in Greenland. Going to Ilulissat was perceived by my friends and family as travelling to another ‘world’, and in a way it was. For me, it was natural landscapes uncomparable to any other I’ve seen before. When people ask me about my experience I share the less talked about realities of Arctic living like challenges in terms of costs and remoteness. It would be concealing the truth if I didn’t …

“Uiloq”

Ilulissat: icebergs In Ilulissat, not a moment goes by when you’re not a glace away from floating icebergs. The dynamic shapes, sizes, and even colours (in light) sweep your thoughts away in the wind and make you marvel at nature. Anyone who tells you ice is just white, has not looked at the icebergs long enough […]

“Qujaq”

Ilulissat: icebergs In Ilulissat, not a moment goes by when you’re not a glace away from floating icebergs. The dynamic shapes, sizes, and even colours (in light) sweep your thoughts away in the wind and make you marvel at nature. Anyone who tells you ice is just white, has not looked at the icebergs long enough […]