I’m Virginia, a postgraduate student from the UK, and I’m currently completing a 2-year Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in European Society, Politics and Culture, jointly at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden). Thanks to the mobility involved in my Master’s degree, over the first 6 months of 2017 I crossed a total of 26 borders within Europe. Some were simple, some were arduous, some were even invisible.

          Given the subject matter of my studies and in the context of the current debate on the fate of the Irish border, I found myself interested in further exploring what borders represent and how they actually impact people’s lives. The result of my research into the topic is this website: ‘A Journey across Borders’.

         It came about as part of the University of Groningen’s Honours College, which I’ve been completing alongside my Master’s degree. The Honours College comprises various masterclasses, workshops, a group leadership project, and finally an individual project such as this.

         For this final project I decided to experiment with my writing style, combining both academic and informal tones into a style called ‘popular narrative non-fiction’, also known as a ‘longread’. I’ve tried to blend the storytelling style of my travel blogging over at The Well-Travelled Postcard with the real world issue of border management in Europe, into this standalone website that illustrates this topic through 8 separate trips that I’ve taken in 2017.

I’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts, comments and any anecdotes or insights about borders that you can add to the topic, so please do leave comments below or contact me here.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. I really like the project, you’ve taken an interesting angle I had never thought of before. Very thought-provoking!


  2. I think you have been able to encapsulate a complex issue into understandable concepts. Working with colleagues in the national health service who hold ‘overseas’ passports, yet who provide invaluable service, have helped me to understand the complacency that UK passport holders have had, yet whose freedom of movement, trade and cultural tolerance may lose. We should not have been asked, in the first place, to vote on an issue that even the well-informed struggled to understand. So where does that leave us now? This article has certainly provided some background to the issues that I should now grasp and reflect upon.


    1. Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading my analysis of various borders – the movement of labour and the impending skills gap is a major issue that hasn’t yet been addressed or answered by the politicians involved in the negotiations, so it would be welcome to see them acknowledge the very point you mention about the NHS. Many thanks for the anecdote!


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