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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

June 16, 2009

This one goes out to Federico, Giuliana, Francesca, Stefano, Rossana, Nausicaa, and Francisco.

These are a few of the Italian students that were on the trip to Sarajevo back in February. They have taken good care of us in our time here and arranged for a nice dinner in a town just 20 minutes North of...

May 30, 2009

The Bologna Center hosted its graduation ceremony last night and with it, the school year here has come to a close. For the record, it was the most relaxed graduation ceremony I’ve ever been a part of. They need to be like that more often.

The past nine months has been saturation of economics, intern...

April 25, 2009

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

In truth, I willingly auditioned.

The show went up tonight: All In The Timing, by David Ives; brought to you by the SAIS Bologna Rational Actors. It was a grand and glorious affair in which people stumbled their way to love, ordered food they neve...

April 4, 2009

Another Friday night, another class participation fundraiser. You’ll recall a few weeks ago I participated in a talent show to support a theatrical endeavor. Tonight, I participated in the annual “Mr. SAIS” competition, an event to defray the cost of publishing the school’s annual international affa...

March 17, 2009

I’m acutely homesick tonight. I saw a news headline about something back in Chicago and went to Chicago Public Radio’s web site and listened to its streaming feed. I spiraled downward from there. Also, this is the first time I am not in Chicago for the annual March Madness event my friends and I hav...

March 13, 2009

It’s been said I have never met a microphone or a crowd I didn’t like. It’s also been said, primarily by my mother, that if and ant slowed down long enough, I’d make friends with it. All fair and true points.

But it’s been a while since I’ve had an audience to entertain, about four years, actually. A...

March 6, 2009

Our SAIS-Bologna group here is becoming rather close knit. And as I’ve heard it told to me, that insularity flows into the second year in Washington, DC. But really, when you cram around 200 people into a single building day in and day out and give them two options, either get along or don’t, such a...

February 4, 2009

I knew two things about Sarajevo growing up:

1. It hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics

2. Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated here in 1914, precipitating the First World War

However, I confess I may have once conflated the two on a history exam and stated the Archduke was assassinated AT an Olympic ceremon...

December 19, 2008

Signing off for a bit, folks. I’m off for a couple of days to Lago di Como and then down to Rome to pick up mom and dad. We’ve got plans for Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s with Pope Benedict XVI and a few days of touring around. After that, off to Capri to ring in the New Year.

A year ago I was sw...

December 5, 2008

About a month ago I applied for a Summer internship at the State Department. In the process you get to choose which bureau/location you would like to work in. Seeing as how my language of proficiency at school is Spanish, I chose the bureau that would give me an opportunity to work in Central or Sou...

November 28, 2008

Between 2000 and 2004 I lived in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. At one time or another you may have heard me mention a place called Ashland Estates. That was our house and if you ever want to hear stories of people occasionally doing not-so-smart things, let me know.

Around the corner from us...

November 10, 2008

It’s not stretch to imagine I feel overwhelmed at times here. As I’ve written before, it has been a decade since I finished school and adjusting to academic life has not been without its struggles. Further, I’m delving into a field in which I have zero experience. The result is feeling a bit of sens...

October 23, 2008

SAIS recently arranged a trip to London to visit financial institutions and offices as part of a “career trek.” Student, myself included, who might be interested in pursuing a career in finance of some kind were invited to participate and get a sense of what that world looks like.

And what a time to...

September 5, 2008

It's been a while since I've had to share a place with more than one person. Even in Jamaica I had my own little palace inside the aged single-wide trailer. Not since April of '04 have I had to deal with 'other people's food,' bathroom schedules, etc. Just when I thought I was out... they pull me ba...

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