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A Journey Across Borders

10 EpisodesProduced by Virginia Stuart-TaylorWebsite

This is the tale of my 6-month journey across 26 borders in Europe in early 2017, to discover how borders evolve, what they mean and how they impact people’s lives.Written in summer 2017, while living outside the UK.

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March 8th, 2019


In this final episode I bring together all of the learnings from the 8 trips, to form my conclusions on the roles that borders play in their many …

Trip no.8: Illicit Trade in the Netherlands 🇵🇱 🇳🇱 🇬🇧

March 8th, 2019


In trip no.8 I organise a summer school in the Netherlands on the topic of illicit trade, visiting Rotterdam Port and learning from Interpol staff. I …

Trip no.7: An Erasmus Mundus student's week in Krakow 🇬🇧 🇵🇱

March 8th, 2019


In trip no.7 I attend a week-long conference in Krakow as part of my Master's. I look at the terrible history of the Holocaust in Krakow and the role …

Trip no.6: Attempting to summit Mont Blanc 🇬🇧 🇨🇭 🇫🇷 🇮🇹

March 8th, 2019


In trip no.6 I travel to the French and Italian Alps and try to summit the highest peak in the EU. From over 4,000m I reflect on how physical borders like mountain ranges and seas (like the English channel) impact the …

Trip no.5: A Scandinavian road trip to the Norwegian fjords 🇸🇪 🇳🇴

March 8th, 2019


In trip no.5 I take a road trip from Sweden to the Norwegian fjords. I compare the Nordic Passport Union to the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area, and discover how the hi-tech external EU border between Sweden and Norway …

Trip no.4: Pilgrimage back home to London 🇸🇪 🇬🇧

March 8th, 2019


In trip no.4 I make a pilgrimage of sorts back home to London. I look at the impact of Brexit on inbound tourism to London and at the so-called “Brexodus” of skilled EU workers that have started leaving the UK amidst …

Trip no.3: A Whistle-stop Tour of Europe 🇸🇪 🇳🇱 🇩🇪 🇮🇹

March 8th, 2019


In Trip no.3 I go on a whistle-stop tour of Europe, from Sweden to the Netherlands, to Italy and back to Sweden again, via Germany (all in the space of about 6 days). As I pass through the Schengen area, barely needing …

Trip no.2: An Erasmus+ Semester in Sweden 🇬🇧 🇸🇪

March 8th, 2019


In Trip no.2 I move to Sweden for the second semester of my Erasmus Mundus Master's degree. I look at the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ opportunities to study and work abroad, and compare the different immigration …

Trip no.1: Ski Racing in Switzerland 🇬🇧 🇨🇭

March 8th, 2019


In Trip no.1  I go ski racing in Switzerland. I look at the Swiss model of borders, seeing as the country sits outside of the EU, but inside the Schengen Area, and I analyse Switzerland's changing attitude to free …


March 8th, 2019


Introducing 'A Journey Across Borders', a 10-part podcast about my 6-month journey across 26 borders in Europe in early 2017, to discover how borders …

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