Thursday, August 9, 2018

Τα κορίτσια ξενυχτάνε μ'ένα μυστικό

I have grown up surrounded by women. They taught me the more important lessons of my life. And in each of them, they are all of them. In each of them are the prayers of my grandma in my childhood nights. In each of them are the tears of impotence and rage of the adolescence, when you start to learn the hard way how is life for us, everything that implies to “be a girl”. In each of them is this coffee between tears and laughs with some friends trying to make you forget some broken heart. In each of them is the fortress of a mother for whom is enough to know that you are well to feel a bit of order in the middle of the chaos.

Because this is what was about there. It was about sorority. It was about creating a new language together (boxes everywhere) because the normal one it was insufficient for us. It was about the spontaneous hugs arriving home. About the “how beautiful you are today” when you are in a morning hurry around the house because you are late in the office. It was about “freeganism”, about sharing food like solution for all our problems and about gathering around the kitchen table to have breakfast after the difficult nights. It was about to feel happy one for the others, without space for envy or jealousy. It was about singing at the top of your lungs in the car leaving the gas stations and to plan trips even when not even the half of them come to a result. It was about to improvise costumes together at the last minute. It is about Basiliki, because you can dance with a smile even when the lyrics are not especially cheerful... because we are dancing together.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer mood

 The city

Kalamata is a whole new city in summer! The life is moving from the city center to the beach side. It is surpring to see the center empty, the main bars and restaurants street so lively the rest of the year quiet. On the contrary, the beach side is coming back to life, all the shops/bar/restaurants opened, the seaside is crowded...

The city center is living more during the mornings, there is of course people during the evening but less than in the beach side. During the afternoon both are empty due to the heat, but from 20:30 life is coming back to Kalamata. The beaches, however are always attracting people from the morning to the night (the average age is changing, more older the morning, younger afternoon and evenings). 

EVS life

Summer means -for half of the volunteers in Kalamata right now - that the end is coming soon. So we all want to enjoy as much as possible our time here.  All reasons are good to gather: goodbye parties, graduation, showing the best place in town to the new ones. The world cup was also a good reason to gather when team of volunteer's country were playing.
 This is how for one month we are gathering at home for diners, at the beach and in the park for a picnics, at Café Santé (remember that name, it's one of the favorite place of volunteers in town) for a burger night or just chilling evenings, spontaneous breakfast all together at home... 
Everybody is bringing something and we are sharing our food, drinks, good mood,... The braver are going out for all night long after!

We also go to swimm all together, at the end of some afternoons, after the nap time -mandatory regarding the heat-. It could be at Kalamata's beaches or around (taking a bus to explore) or also to the Polylimnio wonderful waterfalls.

Poylimnio waterfalls



 Some of us are also taking part to excursion with the hiking club. The 8th of June we went for 4:30 of walking/swimming into the Neda river and its waterfall. It was a magic time of sharing in the middle of the nature.

As you could witness, life in Kalamata during the summer is amazing (and warm)! 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

How volunteers are dealing with budget

It is a "life hack" that volunteers are giving to each others, veteran to newcomers: 

"If you need to save money, go to the end of the fresh market to eat fruits and vegetables on the floor. 
-do not take the ones inside the bags or the full bags themselves, this is from farmer to specific people
-take only what you need. Freeganism is a way to fight waste, so taking more than needed would be a nonsense and disrespectful regards to the people that need it more than us"

This Saturday, Maïlen Sheila Paquita and Nella were really lucky! Thanks to the generosity of a farmer they came back home with a lot of vegetables and fruits! 
We are thankful to this farmer and to the girls that decided to share with the others volunteers!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Printmaking at Day Care Center

Last Friday I had great opportunity suggested to me by Ophelie to make printmaking workshops for the Day Care Center party. I was extremely happy to take part in it. I prepared with Ophelie's and Sandra's help monoprinting with vegetables and fruits. It was funny and colorful experience. It was an amazing pleasure to see kids having so much fun in this sunny - rainy day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pieces of Kalamata

What I enjoy abot Kalamata is my long walks. Here you can walk a lot everywhere and at the same time the feeling of the places is changing just by a one street turn. So here I will post just some photos of my walks. I will let them speak about themselfs. Sometimes when I walk around here, I ask myself what is to live here, what if this was my home city...