Sunday, November 12, 2017

Waiting


Maybe it is because of the weekend...a lot of free time can cause deep thinking. And, what I'm thinking about, now, is waiting.
I'm enough of waiting! My whole life I'm waiting for something.
Even when I enjoy life (when I am satisfied with the moment), there is something that I'm waiting to be truly complete. Even when I achieve that, it appears something else that I should wait for. Even when I do everything that I can, that I should, there is always something I miss.
I really love this time I spend here and it helps me in my waiting, but soon I will finish this project and start to wait more intensive. I know it is part of life and sometimes "waiting" is extremely sweet, it moves us, motivating us. And I often enjoy a lot of things in between waiting, I'm thankful for that. But also, comes the time when you are sick of it. It pierces you, the fact that it will take a long time before you get something.
I can't wait to stop wait, especially "something", later will be easier to wait for the other.

Sorry if this was too personal. Leisure mind is the devils' playground (folk proverb). So, volunteers, if you start to think, just keep busy your mind with something else. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekend in Athens

One of the worlds oldest cities. It was a real pleasure to be in that ancient environment. 


We went with a car, but we also experienced metro and buses in  Athens. It was almost night when we started to explore the city and we enjoyed in bright streets and Aeropagus Hill-the big piece of rock that stands out on the north-east side of the Acropolis, which was brightened only with moonlight.
The city lights look pretty cool from up there and it’s only 10′ away from Monastiraki square so, many friends and couples find their way up there after sunset.
The next day we visited Acropolis. There were a lot of people regarding that the entrance was free (every first Sunday in a month). The Acropolis of Athens is famous for one reason: the Parthenon. This huge temple dedicated to Athena, the beloved goddess of the Athenians, constructed entirely out of marble. The view from up is insane.






 

 Later we entered in National Garden. The National Garden distinguish for the narrow labyrinth paths, the wooden benches and the small lakes in between. It hosts a small zoo, a Botanical Museum, a children's library, a playground and an open coffee shop. A beautiful area to escape the noisy city center and relax in a lush green environment. It is almost unbelievable that such an amazing garden is situated among the busiest avenues of the city and still it is so well-protected from noise.

 

We have been in a few bars (included gay bar-unintentionally :D), prices are high, but service too. And of course, a lot of beautiful churches draw attention.


At the end of the day, we caught a bus and arrived in Kalamata around 22:00. On our way home from the bus station, tired because of the trip, we met some people we know and then I felt something... Strange, unexpected, weird feeling like at home. It is the first time that I feel something like that in another city, in another country. And it's good. J


 

Thank you EVS! 
Thank you K.A.N.E!
White Athens, you are great!
Kalamata, you are perfect!

Monday, November 6, 2017

ZEGOUD BILAL 


💭 create your own dream 💭

✨✨✨✨

I had my first meeting with Antoine de France with whom I spent a day at the seaside and I can discover differently the landscape, paying attention to details my simple things came to build his own destination a way to learn photography





Friday, November 3, 2017

MIRELLA KA: VOLUNTEERS HAVE A BUSY LIFE

It’s unbelievable how busy and diverse your program can be when you are a volunteer!
For example last Monday I attended all the classes that the Youth Center in Kalamata is running. I wanted to get an idea how it is before taking the decision for which one to subscribe. So in one day in a row, I took part in Yoga, Trash Art, Tai-Chi and Salsa for Beginners. Even if those activities are supposed to be for fun and relaxation, it was really tiring to focus on 4 different things for 5 hours!
Now I’m in the process of “exploring the new”, but honestly that requires a lot of energy!

My biggest discovery for this week is Kyttaro Bar! I’m so excited about it, because there I found one of my favorite things in life - Weiss beer, all kind of rock, reggae, ska, electro swing and very party environment…

Then, in the middle of the week something very interesting happened. It’s some of those meetings that are meant to happen, because they are already recorded in a parallel reality in the Universe, where there is no past, present and future, but time is ONE and it’s a matter of the perfect synchronized moment to be materialized on Earth.
So, a guy found me in a Facebook event of the Youth Center of Kalamata. We met during the presentation that one of the local hiking clubs - ΠεριηγητέςΜεσσηνίας-Messinian Travellers gave in the Kentro. As himself, he is a traveler, this guy was attracted by the name of the event, while he was passing through Kalamata during his trans-continental-for-several-months trip. In the beginning I wasn’t very sociable and not in the mood for talks because of the accumulated tiredness from the previous days, but then the vibes we exchanged were so peaceful and nice that we couldn’t stop talking and share experiences for hours. I prepared masala chai, and that’s how we discovered a common topic – about the rainbow gatherings. It was such a warm feeling that Universe sends me a “rainbow brother” here in my “new” life on the “new” place. The funny part is that on the last Rainbow Gathering that he has joined, he has met the same people that I did during the Balkan Rainbow. In those moments you remember how communication was happening before Facebook existed. As this guy travels a lot, constantly, which is like my biggest dream, the strongest message from our conversation that will stay forever in my mind is that when someone starts travelling around the world, in the beginning he/she is just a tourist and a traveler, but then later in time, they become a messenger. Because moving from one place to another, you always bring something to the new place, that you took from the previous one – an impression, a story, a memory, a daily life cultural-differences experience… and then from speechless traveler you become a storyteller who make the others travelling by their minds and that’s beautiful! To read the breathtaking stories about traveling, written by the Volunteers of Kalamata, take a look on our magazine LiNK here!


Another exciting moment from this week was my first Bulgarian language class for foreigners in Kentro Neon Kalamatas. Not surprisingly I started the class by showing to my students the Cyrillic alphabet and joking that if Cyril and Methodius hadn’t invented it 11-12 centuries ago, now neither me I would suffer to study Greek, neither them to study Bulgarian, but that’s how it is. If people from Kalamata would like to have fun with me and a language where „З“ and „Ч“ are not numbers, but letters, you are very welcome to join my workshop!

  I just wanna mention that I really love working in a “volunteer’s” atmosphere! There is no other place, job or activity that I could compare with the energy, enthusiasm and freshness of the volunteer’s vibes! And then of course the productivity gets higher than in a “normal” environment. 

Like this Friday. Look at these photos and tell me isn’t it like the paradise of the working process? We have a wall full of notes with ideas and plans for future activities.   




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Put your mask and grab a party!


Kyttaro Rock Bar Kalamata was the perfect place for us up to almost 4 in the morning...Great atmosphere, pleasant service and "floral" taste of beer :D 



Monday, October 30, 2017

MIRELLA KA: THE VOLUNTEER'S KARMA


Dear all,

I’d like to share with you the gifts that the Universe*** gave me for my first weekend in Kalamata.
Friday nights EVS volunteers normally gather in a nice place to have some good time, while enjoying Greek foods, drinks and music and discussing ideas and projects. Last Friday the chosen place was Σταθμός (Stathmos). 

It’s amazing how lucky we were to go there and realize that a nice exhibition is taking place, and not only the title and the idea are very interesting “My other self” , not only the artworks are with strong messages and made by diverse technics, but the Curator himself was there and made a special tour in English for us! Thank you so much Mr. Vasilis Karizonis! Σας ευχαριστούμε πολύ τον κύριο Βασίλη Καριζόνη!

WORLD, I wanna show you WHAT VOLUNTEERS’ VIBES
(energy, existence, life, philosophy, whatever....) DOES LOOK LIKE...
I met these girls less than a week ago...
they are gorgeous and I already love them!
After this experience we choose the biggest table in the restaurant and we opened a menu, which we could use in some time, but for sure not now! No English version of the meals… So we really needed help. And we got it! From two very nice gentleman – one of them cooking and one serving, explaining us what is what. It was a funny moment when one of the girls explained she wanted something without cheese, tomatoes and olives. And then the guy laughed: “But that’s half of the Greek kitchen!”

Something that I really love about Greek restaurant service is that water and bread are for free. Olive oil which is like brilliant, as well! As proper Greeks, the guys from Stathmos restaurant showed us their hospitality and generosity – regularly offering us between our own orders some wine, some local cheese (different than Feta) and some dessert… then wine again… 😊

When we were ready to pay and leave, something happened that changed the direction of our conversations and made us stay for one or two more hours! It was a simple thing like one of the guys from our company asked the Cook why he is wearing on his T-shirt the logo of some Water Sports Club. Then the guy explained he is the President of this club and on Sunday they are organizing an open event with different activities for free. This conversation lead to another one… and another one… we were talking about the social-cultural life of Kalamata, the Stathmos guys were showing us photos and videos from previous projects and events they were organizing. They even filmed some songs that are taking place in the same restaurant and on the same streets that we are walking every day. They were also curious to know more about our projects and ideas, they offered us cooperation for future happenings. 

For me personally it was very interesting the getting-to-know the other volunteers who has been living in Kalamata for some months already and who made me think about the fact that going abroad for a long term volunteering makes you become something very particular “a mixture of a tourist and a local”.

Going to bed on Friday night I was so happy and fulfilled after this inspiring and productive (very spontaneous) meeting in Stathmos Restaurant.

The next experience which was another gift from the Universe was going to ΠεριβαλλοντικηΕκδηλωση στον Ποταμο Αρι (Environmental event on the river Ari). 

We received a special transfer from Stathmos restaurant to the event by a car from the organizers!
The first minute we arrived, all of us, we jumped to a canoe and a water bicycle. It was like encouraging act for the other visitors to take action and try the attractions as well.

I think 11 months will be too short for me to admire and enjoy enough the view of the mountains around Kalamata. And the feeling to stay in a kayak in the river watching this beautiful scenery is priceless!

It was so enjoyable the combination of perfect weather, traditional Greek food and traditional Greek dances – χορό, which remind me so much the Bulgarian horo. Then I read that there are actually hora in plenty of other countries! *Hora, also known as horo and oro, is a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries - Romania and Moldova, Bulgaria, FYROM, Montenegro, Turkey, Israel (horah), Klezmer music (horah).

The dancers were dressed with Traditional Costumes and they were so beautiful!


There was a funny moment when I only remembered the Greek word for “wine”, but I forgot how “red” is and I ended up having a glass of white wine, which I don’t like so much, so some of the girls were happy with an extra dose.

Something that I’m excited about is that for first time I tried riding a horse! It’s a nice feeling to share energies with such a noble animal. 

I feel in love with the Greek talent of having fun and enjoying to dance. Yesterday during the event I’ve noticed a lady dancing, then I couldn’t stop any more watching at her… or staring at her with the biggest smile my happy face could produce. I was only thinking I love those people so much, I want to hug them all… 

After her dance, the lady came to me and started: “κορίτσι μου”…… bla-bla-bla, something in Greek, so I only told her “δεν καταλαβαίνω”. Then she went to her daughter asking her for translation and came back to me telling me “I love you!” and hugging me. My answer was hugging her back and “κι εγω σ’αγαπω!”


*** For some time now I’ve been practicing in my life the belief that Universe is my best friend and actually it helps me a lot to enjoy life on Earth. Steps are easy:
1. You really believe with all your heart and soul that everything happening in your life is for your own good and for the good of the whole Universe
2. You trust to Universe for the gifts it brings to your life
3. You receive perfect synchronization of timing, energies & vibes, which reflects to the places, people and events (happenings) in your life
4. You stay with open eyes and senses to recognize and appreciate them
5. You feel happy!











Friday, October 27, 2017

MIRELLA KA: First Ukulele Class in my life


     Yesterday I was so excited to attend for first time in my life an Ukulele class. I have this pink Ukulele since more than a year and it was always staying untouched in the wardrobe. I had the wish to learn how to play, but just I'm not interested in the seld-educational system by YouTube, so I knew one day I will meet someone that will simply show me the first basic things and then it's up to me the practise and the volonty to move forward. 


Then, while packing my luggage from Bulgaria to come to Kalamata for my EVS, I didn't have any doubt that I have to take the pink Ukulele with me.
And as I understood since my first day I'm here, that in the Youth Centre of Kalamata (Κέντρο Νέων Καλαμάτας)., there is a Ukulele class, I was soooooooo excited! 


So, there it happened yesterday, I received some instructions and clarifications about how to hold it, how to use the fingers, starting with some chords.  The girl, leading this workshop - Anna from Poland, is a true treasure - always smiling, with so gentle voice, playing so well and explaining so patiently to many people on different level "in the same time".


As I don't know nothing about playing Ukulele, and there are people who started this lessons months ago, we were divided in groups. The begginers group were me and Kaya. She already knows something, so she was helping me. 


The advantage of your Ukulele Mentor being 10 years old cute Greek girl is that suddenly while practicing, you start to learn in Greek words like “rainbow” (Ουράνιο Τόξο), “unicorn” (μονόκερος), etc... I was proud that I already know “mermaid” (γοργόνα)!


The teacher assured me that just in 3 months following these lessons, I could play! I really hope this happens and I don't become too lazy for my plan to fail.





Thursday, October 26, 2017

MIRELLA KA: Brazilian Dance Forro in Youth Center of Kalamata




   Last night I visited the Σεμινάριο Βραζιλιάνικου Χορού Forró - a workshop of Brazilian Dance Forro, which took place in the Youth Centre of Kalamata (Κέντρο Νέων Καλαμάτας).



 Our teacher was Wellington Figueiredo, a Brazilian dancer, who is practising and teaching Forro since many, many years - something like more than 20 and who has been living in Kalamata for 2 years now.


  
He explained us very nicely the basic steps for Forro and how the dance evoluted since his childhood until nowadays. What impressed me a lot, was that this evolution in the way you make the basic steps is connected with the fact that back in the time in Brazil most of the places were a ground without any flooring, so that if you rub your feet while doing the steps, a lot of dust produced!


Can you imagine that such a "small" detail from the social daily life makes an inflluence on your folklore dance?! It's amazing and I'm always curious to investigate, explore and follow those kind of things.

It was funny when the teacher was explaining that someone could recognize the steps and the movements from Forro as salsa, tango, bachata, merengue, valse.... but no! Forro is FORRO! 😊  



People who attended the Forro Workshop was really doing good!




Here is a video that our Romanian volunteer Mina took. ENJOY!











Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ZEGOUD BILAL 



my first cheat meal since my arrival: D this accompanied by a good movie in the evening it's better than all the tenderness of the world: D

🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕😻😻😻😻💪💪 .  📹




after the hour or have realized the chance that we have to spend evenings like her without being able to mix at a group party with superficial laughter, words that come out of the mouth and not from the heart, an interest each 









ZEGOUD BILAL 


Monday, October 23, 2017

craaaazy Ophelie

Ophelie is going craaaaaazy!!!!


The girl is crazy about the dishes.

Mess makers step aside! She got a pan and she's not afraid to use it





Btw can we talk about that style? 12/10!!



Ola


Molly, come back...



One more great volunteer finished her EVS... Madam Diplomat! The one who was listening carefully, the one who was trying to understand, the one who was trying to find solutions in different situations, she gave so much to all of us. We will miss you, Molina.
Please, Molly, come back!
<3