Monday, July 24, 2017

NEW VOLUNTEERS ARE HERE!

In these weeks I am one of the coordinators of the short term volunteers and they have arrived with a lot of energy. They are here to help at the street festival, and they are working on it with very good results. They come from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia and United Kingdom.
I have very good feelings with this group, I am sure they will work very well.



Written by

Summer dessert!

Chocolate-dipped cannoli cupcakes

What do you need (for 12 cupcakes):

Cupcakes:
  • 1 box of cake mix 
or

  • 260 gr of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 100 gr of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 110 gr of oil
  • 220 gr of milk
Cream:
  • 425 gr of riccotta
  • 225 gr of mascarpone
  • 130 gr of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (or one milk chocolate chopped into pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
Chocolate coating:
  • 2 bars of dark chocolates
  • 3 tablespoons of butter

Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. "Dry ingredients" (flour, baking powder, sugar, vanilla sugar) mix together in a bowl. Next add eggs, oil and milk and mix together (do it with a fork, don't use a mixer). Fill the muffin tin about 3/4 of the way up with a cupcake dough. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Cool cupcakes completly.
  3. In a big bowl mix riccotta, mascarpone, sugar and vanilla together, using mixer until it's well combined. Add all chocolate chips and mix it carefully.
  4. Cut a small circle in the center in each of muffin and press it down (to the bottom) to create a hole. Fill cupcakes with cream and make a small hill on top of them. Put them in the freezer for 1 hour (until firm).
  5. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together. Dip the tops of cupcakes into the melted chocolate. Put them in the fridge to firm up.  

Written by


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photo report - Kalamata Music Day







Photo credits

Sunday, July 2, 2017



Palm trees on the airport. I'm definitely in a tropical climate.
My enthusiasm was apparent. She just laughed.
 


Ροδος

One thing you need to know about planning your trip to Rodos or, anywhere actually. You can flush all your lovely plans down the toilet if you have a greek grandpa who made his own plans for you already.
Now, something about the wonderful sights. 

Kamiros

Do you like ancient stuff? Roman city foundations make you excited? Or maybe you're crazy about greek temple remains? Kamiros is the place to go. There's a big archeological site you can explore with remains of temples (they loved the goddess Athena!), baths, houses... so we strolled down the city and went house-hunting.



Butterfly valley

Πεταλούδες, meaning butterfly, was the greek word of the day. A green oasis in the middle of the island is home to an astounding number of butterflies that attract tourists every year... but they are quick and timid creatures so catching a photo of them is not as easy as one would think. Narrow wooden bridges and winding paths, a stream going through the valley – all of it gave the place an elvish feel.



Rodos

The city of Rodos is an interesting mixture of different cultures that influenced it over time. First, you have these AMAZING medieval fortifications, then you see mosques and eastern-influenced buildings from the ottomans, then scattered around some ancient greek remains and then surrounding the old city – the new part with modern buildings. The castle and the archeological museum (with a feautiful garden) left me in awe! Also, it seemed like they just took all the mosaic floors from the island of Kos (really, now I'm wondering is there anything left on Kos at all?). You can always just go around the city and try to pass through all the entrances, climb on every wall you can and pretend you're a princess living there (that's what I did, of course, all that was missing was a long flowy dress).



Lindos

You know those little sparkling white houses you see on postcards from Greece? Well some of those photos must have been taken in Lindos. After you get enough of the white labyrinth, and move towards the higher areas of the city, you will start seeing donkey droppings and that's your cue! Follow the donkey shit up to the ancient acropolis (at some point you will see the donkeys as well). As you go up, the view gets better and better until you reach medieval fortifications. Same owners as in Rodos. But, there's a twist! I did mention that you were going up to the ancient acropolis and indeed, on the top, there are parts of ancient temples! Passing through the propylaeum and climbing up the stairs you reach a plato with a wonderful view in which ever direction you look.



These are just the major sights I visited. There were also a couple of hills with nice views around the island, beautiful beaches and foresty areas.

I totally get it why so many foreign people retire in Greece. It's a happy place. A beautiful tropical place and Rodos is a true jewel among the treasures of the country.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tomorrow starts today

The world can be a tough place to live. Clime change, economic crisis,  globalization, natural disasters, poverty... Every day we hear are all those issues being addressed on media, at the bar, in our jobs, at schools, but how many time we hear about solutions? We are 7 billion of people in the world, is it possible that no one has thought about solutions? Or even more important, is it possible that no one tried some solutions before? No, it's not.

TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR SOLUTIONS
After hearing about the possibility the extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent put together a team and travelled 10 countries looking for solutions for the issues that could lead to this disaster. On their way they filmed this documentary so show how creativity and will power can transform our lives and live on this planet.

During their journey, they met different people actively engage in reshaping agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education with two main goals: improve their life within their community and leave a better world for future generation. What else do they have in common? Positive action. More than addressing the issues with words, they are designing the solution with their action by trying and sometimes failing, and trying again, trying better to figure out what could be tomorrow's world. But how can we join them)

SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYONE FOR EVERYBODY
Individual actions:
1)      More organic food and less meat
2)      Opt for a renewable energy suppliers
3)      Buy local and by second hand
4)      Do not support financial speculation
5)      Reduce, re-use, recycle, repair and share
Collective actions:
1)      Grow vegetable gardens in our public spaces
2)      Build  a citizen community to produce renewable energy
3)      Adopt  an alternative local currency
4)      Create an alternative school
5)      Engage and get our political power back

Do you wander how to do it? Watch the documentary, engage in the construction of a better society and stay positive: tomorrow starts today.

Trailer Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SI-Kyam_Jk

Written by

Monday, June 26, 2017

Have any of you taken up the sport of climbing? I always figured it would be challenging, but I never really understood the logistics behind how people can safely train to climb cliffs and mountains until my visit to a local climbing facility, and guess what ? It was an incredibly enjoyable experience. The day began with us arriving at the facility and being introduced to the instructor who would teach us how to climb the wall effectively and without risk of injury. The instructor's name was Giorgos, and he is the one who put on our climbing harnesses, showed us the proper climbing techniques to use, how to abseil after reaching the top of the wall and gave us a brief tutorial on what the different colour coding of the panels jutting out from the wall meant. The wall was roughly 13 meters high and consisted of various different colours of panels, each signifying a different degree of difficulty. We were informed that green was the easiest to climb and they suggested we try to stick to yellow panels while climbing, but if we needed to use others to climb the wall then do so. If you have a slight fear of heights and you arrive to the top, it will take you some real motivation to have you voluntarily jump back and fall to belay down, so it is a great way to overcome your fears. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead !



Written by

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Turkish Delights

 Only a few days ago I arrived in Istanbul, on my first trip to Turkey. Let’s go I said!



While I’m here in Greece it’s just a stone’s throw away.

I feel extremely lucky to be able to visit this country, where East meets West and the people are kind, diverse and super special.

 Here are some of the delights I’ve found so far:
Sea and beautiful buildings








Written by


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hitchhiking trip from Kalamata to Corfu

Hitchhiking in Greece is fairly easy. Greek people are very friendly and ready to help out a stranger alongside the road. The easiest part of hitching was on the island, the hardest ( we gave up and took the bus) when we tried reach Kalamata from Patras. Most of drivers is going to the north of the country and to big cities, Kalamata is not a very popular destination. However, that was a crazy adventure and here you have our route pointed on the map!









Written by

Friday, June 9, 2017



Travel with Oka!
ITALY

Written by

The other day rummaging in my closet I found some clothes, which were either stained somewhere or broken, or simply that they were quite old and I almost did not wear them, I was ready to throw them when I realized that the old clothes , Stained or clothes with thread and needle you can create new clothes to your style and different, for example, in a pair of jeans that are not going to put you can make a case for your pencils, a purse, a cover for your camera , A bag, ... With a shirt that is stained and you do not know what to do with it, simply use paint and brushes and make your shirt a canvas, draws, writes, ... you can do whatever you want with it, Trousers you have cut and make shapes such as hearts, stars, dolls ... and sew them to your shirt, there are no limits, give free rein to your imagination and decorate your clothes to your style. Another incredible idea is that cowgirl jacket that we all have in the closet but we see it very bland or just a little old, with some folios, paint, brushes, sponge and a pencil you can create a super cool jacket that only you can have.

Written by 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

KALAMATA Through the Eyes of Foreigners


We have a pleasure to present you video made by Mariam and Sofiene! 
They created short reportage about Kalamata. Hope you will like it!

Video by




Friday, June 2, 2017

Dungeons and Dragons episode 2


How we saved the day




Introduction


Once upon a time in a very different universe, heros, that save the world and inspire peasants, are born ! Yeah right.

Okay fast forward from last time : We saved Greenest by battling a mean guy, we infiltrated the cult of the dragon (which are the bad guys in the story, so keep that in mind) and destroyed sucessfully one of their base. After that we had more responsability such as discovering what is the main objective of the cult of the dragon and what are their evil plan ! Of course it was something stupid like : destroying the world by summoning Tiamat the Dragon Queen so she can destroy everything. Of course, we disagree.



Some news characters appeared :

_Vauvek : Okay you have barbarians and BARBARIANS. He is a BARBARIAN. Hobby : destroying books.



_Simrion : Druid half elf, he speaks to animals. #Hippie #NoWeed

_Gael : Dragonborn, but a nice guy. He loves throwing fireball at innocent doors.




And basically we try to prevent the world from been destroy under the "supervision" of Eld. Our boss, or how I call him, D**kmaster.

Latest game :

We are in a swamp, (Mere of dead men) not a nice place for a picnic. It's cold, wet and disgusting. Our mission now is to find out why the cult of the dragon is gathering gold and others gems and where do they store it. Okay it doesn't sound so epic but believe me it is. You can imagine 5 people walking around in a straight line, trying not to lose each other. Finally after some time we managed to discover some canoe. But we were unable to find any stick or anything to make them move. After some time, lizards men arrived and set up camp where we were.


We hid as much as possible, stole the row and took one of them hostage. He guided us to a Castle, one of the base of operation of the Cult. We decided to make a deal with him and his people : we'll help them fight the toads men and they will help us destroy the cult of the dragon.



Once we reached the agreement, he took us to the secret village of the lizard men, where we found around 100 hundred women, children and old men waiting and serving a mysterious figure, inside a house. Curious, we tried to peek inside because he seemed that this guy had just became the King of lizardmen. Selly, (AKA your writer) went behind him to see who he is but she was stopped in her attempt by a flying knife. With this all the group sighted, already annoyed : they just recognised their boss.

After the talk, Eld finally left, leaving the group with an army 100 hundred of lizard men and... 5 canoe. The next day, we decided to go to the castle from the cult with the lizardmen. Exploring around unoticed, the adventurer gathered their strenght and courage : no one could know what will happen to them in this forsaken place...

To be continued...