Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer hits!

So as you know I'm from Spain and I live 24/7 with summer feeling! For me temperature below 12°C is like being in Atartica... and yes, I have to admit - for me, Kalamata 2 months ago was really cold! It was very crazy for my friends from north Europe. But now it is a time when my natural habitat temperature is starting! It's time to prepare yourself for SUMMER, And what better is than music?

Here is some actual summer music to make you feel like you are in Malibu 😉😉
Hope you like it!

Miley Cyrus - Malibu

Kygo, Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me

Zara Larrson - Don't let me be yours

Little Mix - No more sad songs

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Here is I created a google map with the path we did while our 4 days trip in Mani region!

--> Kalamata -- Oitylo -- Neo Oitylo -- Limeni -- Aeropoli -- Diros 

<-- Diros -- Pyrgos Dirou -- Aeropoli -- Limeni -- Neo Oitylo -- Karavostasi -- Thalames -- Stoupa -- Foneas beach -- Prosatio -- Petrovouni -- Kardamyli -- Kalamata

On the map you can see places where we camp, path we went, nice photos and spots where you can have amazing view!

Use it!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memories from the festival in Nedussa

thanks Tea for photos <3

Let's jazz it up!

Dim lights, the sound of a saxophone, a strong alto.
Last week Kalamata was a destination for jazz lovers from all over Greece. On the weekend, the annual International jazz festival started in Kardamyli and a couple of days before that we got a sneak peak in Kalamata.

Although this charming music filled the air, many didn't know how to move in the rhythm so they would bring back the feel from the age of swing. Luckly, in Kalamata there's a group of Lindy Hop dancers who offered a free lesson on the streets. With their colourful dresses they lifted the atmosphere! After we managed to get the hang of the basic step, it was time for some practice with live music. A band from all the way across the Atlantic brought us the sound of jazz. New Orleans in Kalamata, who would've guessed?! As we danced away in the night, we had our mind on the upcoming days and a trip to Kardamyli.

Now, Kardamyli's population was probably at least doubled as people from all over Europe (plus New Orleans) gathered for the festival. On every corner you could hear english, german, dutch, norwegian... After another lesson from the Lindy Hop dancers, The Shoeshine Boys took over the stage. They said how it was their first international concert and they looked like they were enjoying the greek atmosphere far away from Oslo.

Sometimes it's hard to properly express a feeling in words so here's a video in which Ingrid Lucia joined the band on stage! The graceful jumpying figures in front are the wonderful Lindy Hop dancers I keep mentioning.

Need I say more?

Yes, I do. The festival lasts for a week. And it's every year so plan your next May carefully!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Long weekend in Poland

How I spent my last two weeks?

The answer is very easy: AMAZING. 

I was back at home and I could spend nice time with my family and friends. My parents and sister had free days at work, because it was a long weekend. Weather was awful, especially if you want to compare it to Kalamata’s sunny days! But it didn’t matter for me. My trip was long, but I forgot about all inconvenient moments, when I ate homemade dinner, prepared by my mom! 😊  

First thing I did, was taking pictures and sent them to my flat mates in Kalamata! I was so happy I’m home and finally I have my own room with huge bed, fridge full of food (not only one shelf) and bathroom only for me. You really can’t imagine how happy you can be, when you don’t have to share everything with others!  😊  

After one week in Poznan I went back to Greece. But this time I took my sister with me! We spent nice time together, enjoying the weather and good food. We stayed in Athens for one day, so she could see most important places in the capitol. We were in Greece many times, but that was her first time in Athens, so we were both very excited! 

Then we went to Kalamata where we were doing… sweet nothing 😉 Lying on the beach is the only thing you should do on holidays!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spot your opportunities and grab onto them!

Sometimes you don't have to go anywhere to be given an amazing opportunity and it's just a matter of recognizing it on time.

Last week in the exact same building I work in every day, an interesting training course took place and I had the possibility to attend. People gathered from different countries to learn about online portfolios and their role in today's society.

Every person had his own reason for participating and they had very different backgrounds - from students to youth workers to microbiologists and economists! Different aspirations, different ideas. We were quite a colorful bunch. After getting to know each other and exchanging our fears and expectations about the upcoming week, we started to think about online portfolios. What exactly are they? Where can we find them? Why are they used? Soon we realized that if we wanted one for future employment, we should have a CV on it as well. Thankfully, one whole afternoon was devoted to that topic. We got some guidance from a wonderful woman with a lot of experience who patiently answered all of our questions. Also, we discussed writing letters of intent and got some tips for job interviews. How amazing is that! :D The following days were dedicated to a more practical approach and we were reviewing portfolios of others, noticing some good practices as well as those which we would have to avoid. After the discussion we started working on our own portfolios on a very user friendly platform. Maybe it didn't give us as much options as we would like in some areas, but it looked professional and gave us enough freedom overall. I was thrilled to devise and build my pages and tweak the design to suit all of my needs. In the end we realized how much work does it actually take to assemble the complete portfolio. All taken into account, the trainers were very satisfied with the results.

To take a rest from the computer screen, we were analyzing the needs of youth and ways they could benefit from an online portfolio. We touched the topic of education and carefully drew the line between different ways to learn: formal education, non-formal education and informal learning. Furthermore, we had a session about emotional intelligence and how influential is it in our lives. We got another bonus as well – a short yet very important lesson about optimizing our portfolios for search engines. As we were slowly reaching the end of the seminar, we brainstormed and wrote proposals for possible projects involving the knowledge we gained through that week. We discussed the ideas and maybe, at some point in the future some of them will be realized. The week ended with hugs and emotional goodbyes.

By actively participating in the seminar, we took one step closer to establishing our online presence. Motivated and full of inspiration, we are continuing towards our dreams.