Irena Boskovic

Irena Boskovic is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. Together with five others, she takes turns in writing a column for the paper version of Observant.

May nature be on your side

May nature be on your side

I have been sick for a few days now and it just reminded me of all the things I simply hate about the Dutch healthcare system. It is expensive, slow, and not helpful, yet surrounded by white coats who will defend it until the last man standing. Actua...

Motherhood: The job not everybody has to apply for

Motherhood: The job not everybody has to apply for

I recently read that great article: “By the way, you do not have to breed”. It addresses the issue of women who choose not to become mothers. In fact, it provides strong support for them. Usually, only childless women themselves understan...

Anthropology of Brits

Anthropology of Brits

Hollywood puts enormous efforts to present every Brit as subtle, polite, and decent by giving them the role of the butler. Yet, the description of Brits I’ve seen during my stay in the UK is far from Batman’s butler Alfred, and falls clos...

The dog days are over?

The dog days are over?

In Serbia, it is generally believed that animals in western countries have more rights than the average Serbian. The well-dressed and happy looking pets I’ve seen in the Netherlands, and the fact that the Dutch even have an animal rights party ...

Press the button!

Press the button!

My UK visa journey started in Germany, and if history taught us anything, it is that you don’t want to be stuck between these two nations. Yes! History does have a point. I spotted the immigration office easily by a crowd of people in the mi...

Survival guide for newbies in Maastricht

Survival guide for newbies in Maastricht

Soon I will be moving to Great Britain for a half year, so I want to pass on my tips to those who face the challenge to assimilate to this awkwardly awesome Dutch culture. Dutchies have a difficult language with an ‘I-will-spit-on-you’...

Water just up to my ankles

Water just up to my ankles

The use of Man. This novel of Aleksandar Tisma brought me to the most beautiful city of Serbia, Novi Sad. There I started my psychology studies. But the novel was soon replaced by a city map as was mama’s dinner by sandwiches and McDonald&rsquo...