This week on International Wednesday: Are you drowning in the last final exams and cannot wait for summer break? Well, who does not? But the real question is, have you made plans for a relaxing or maybe adventurous time-out? If not, do not worry, it’s your lucky day: Here is a top 5 list of the cheapest destinations this summer. Take a look, and make this summer worth it; even with a small budget great things are possible.

This week on International Wednesday: Following historical events in London and Berlin, recent demonstrations in Georgia raise the question of what it means to be a free human. Club culture has created a platform for the youth to express their freedom and individuality. RAVEolution is much more than dancing and playing music  it is about the fight against the state on progressive values.

This week on International Wednesday: deputy editor-in-chief Max van Geuns talks about his experience dealing with the Gemeente Amsterdam when it comes to applying for kwijtscheldingen – a waiver that is supposed to be available to all citizens who do not have the means to pay their municipal taxes. However, reality begs to differ.

This week on International Wednesday: Iceland. Ranked first out of 144 countries by the World Economic Forum for being the most gender equal, the Icelandic naming tradition looks to be at odds with this. An Icelandic child is at birth by default classified as its father’s son or daughter through its surname. The surname is formed by the fathers first name and the addition of –son or –dóttir, meaning son or daughter respectively. Relic to a patriarchal mindset, there currently is the debate about changing this practice. How can cultural traditions be upheld while embracing modern values?

Photography can be much more than just a way of capturing the world around us. Jasmijn Doorgeest used her camera as a ‘gateway into conversations with locals’ to learn about Vietnam’s culture and people. She tells us a story of temples, mountains, rice fields and windy bus rides but most importantly of the people she met on the way. Experience Vietnam through a series of portraits.

This week on International Wednesday: Madita Strähle spent her summer traveling through Israel and Palestine – an area which we tend to associate with war, conflict and insecurity. But is this really all the Middle East is today? Is it as dangerous as the media want us to believe? Madita captured a few moments right on the spot of locals’ everyday lives and explored the Middle East’s hidden systems.

This week on International Wednesday: How many Albert Heijns does it take to make a neighbourhood perfect? Apparently two is not enough, as the newest addition to Amsterdam Science Park’s supermarket ensemble suggests. What does this new store mean for the Indische Buurt? Who welcomes the new neighbour and who would rather see them leave?

This week on International Wednesday: what for Star Wars fans is a day to celebrate the adventures that happened “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” May 4th holds a widely different story in the Netherlands. We set out to the streets of Amsterdam to ask the internationals living among us their thoughts on the two upcoming monumental days: May 4th (Dodenherdenking) and May 5th (Bevrijdingsdag).

This week in International Wednesdays: what it is like to travel as a young, female photographer through Southern India? In her photo essay, Robin Anne Laird takes us with her in a journey of 7 years ago. Since then, her photographic eye, processing style, and ability to relate to others has dramatically changed. “But my female identity has not.”

Emmanuel Macron has been elected the French President with 66 percent of the vote, soundly beating Marine Le Pen. But according to our international editor Alex Stargazer, he has a tough job ahead of him: France has a high youth unemployment, a significant trade deficit, and a major terrorist problem. What will it take for Macron to reinvigorate faith in political institutions? 

We would all like to live in a healthy and thriving world. But our economic system and other workings of our society do not contribute to such a world. These are two largely indisputable facts. More disputable is the question of who should amend the discrepancy; whose efforts will take us from our current to our desired state? Saga Norrby, our sustainability editor from Sweden, knows the answer.

In Turkey, a referendum was held in which the President — former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — called for sweeping constitutional reforms. The referendum remains highly controversial. If it comes into power, it would grant him numerous unchecked powers and lead to the death of democracy. An analysis of our international editor Shambhavi Chouhan.

The production of meat and dairy causes greater emissions of greenhouse gases than the total number of transportation vehicles in this world. Since greenhouse gases contribute to global warming — a major threat to society — we clearly need to change our relationship with meat. But is an exclusive focus on emissions really the best way to bring those emissions down?

Uber has established itself as a corporate giant with a business valuation of hundred billion dollars, spread over 70 nations. Recently, a video surfaced of Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of Uber. His own driver spoke out about facing poverty as a consequent product of the rigid company policies. Kalanick sneered back: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit.”