Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,200 children and adults in Ireland. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas … Continue reading Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Why moving to a country doesn’t guarantee that you’ll learn the language

As a native speaker of English, I have now lived in Milan, Italy for just over three months and no, I am not fluent in Italian. Far from it. I will go into some more detail about reasons why I have failed to pick up the language so far but to start, let me tell … Continue reading Why moving to a country doesn’t guarantee that you’ll learn the language

The true cost of the world’s tallest statue

Exactly four years after construction began, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the tallest statue in the world, but erecting the monument came at what cost? The sculpture, called the Statue of Unity, depicts India's first deputy Prime Minister and independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and stands at 597 ft. It is located on an … Continue reading The true cost of the world’s tallest statue