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








Sunday, October 22, 2017


ZEGOUD BILAL


  The skin benefits of salt water
The skin needs minerals for its functioning. If she misses it, she can dry up, get angry. research has shown that baths with Dead Sea water, rich in magnesium, improve skin hydration and barrier function, reduce inflammation in people with dry skin.
Salt water is known to bring different benefits to the skin:
it improves the hydration of the skin,
it would promote healing,
she would fight against the bacteria responsible for acne,
it would have an exfoliating effect to get rid of old skins, thus making the skin softer and smoother,
it improves the barrier function of the skin,
it would balance the pH of the skin,
it reduces inflammation.

💦💦🙌🌞🌞💪    🅻🅸🆅🅴 .    🎶🏄🎈🎉

Between us, he gets rid of much more than that :) to get closer to nature and the sea is worth more than 100 meetings with a human 
😜😜








Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Let the adventure begin


What does EVS feel like? It might seem awesome or scarry at first, but…is it an opportunity, is it a risk? We can’t know for sure, but after all that’s the thrill and the beauty of it, isn’t it? It can be whatever you choose it to be!

You have the opportunity to meet new people and learn a new language. You have the possibility to develop new skills and to share a part of what you know with other people.You can even choose a new beginning!

I can tell for sure that it’s stepping out of your comfort zone and that is the moment a new adventure begins.
I too was scared at first, but once here I’m happy to say “Let the adventure begin!

Monday, October 16, 2017

ZEGOUD BILAL


This week has been hectic of new event and festival
I will you to discover the program:

PARTIE 3

KALAMATA 2017 - PROGRAM .     🎥 🎥 🎥


2ND KALAMATA INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL October 11 - 15, 2017 Kalamata, Greece Singing in the land of gods INTERKULTUR’s international choir competition in Greece: Hosted by the romantic city of Kalamata, located on the Southern Peloponnese. Vibrant, calm and idyllic – Kalamata proves in an impressive way that these characteristics do not conflict with each other: Narrow lanes, a historic old town and the Apostles church of the 12th century characterize the townscape until today. The combination of sea, mountains, vine and olive trees make Greece a wonderful place where singers from all over the world will feel mostly welcome. Singing in the land of gods – singing in Kalamata. This choir competition unites the advantages of an international choir competition with numerous possibilities for concert performances in a city that provides manifold cultural choices. The competition part offers categories for different levels of difficulty, casts and musical genres – the festival combines an easy going gathering of different nations with the wonderful setting of South East Europe.

       😱 😱 .  🎶 . 🎻 . 🎼



The city of Kalamata is the capital of Messinia, a region in the south of the Peloponnese. Well-known for the quality of its black olives, the region of Kalamata counts more than forty million trees. It was this fruit which made the port of the city prosperous at a time when maritime trade was in full swing. Today, even though transport has evolved, the region still derives most of its resources from olive oil, which is exported and appreciated all over the world. The olives of Kalamata are also beneficiaries of a PDO label (protected designation of origin).
The landscape bears the verdant mark of this international success: olive groves stretch as far as the eye can see on the mountainsides. Each piece of land counts its lot of fruit trees, and each owner treats his precious olive trees with the greatest care.
In addition, there are two varieties of olives:   
🌱🍀🍃🍈🌼🌴🌵🌳🌲


😍😍😍😍😍

👉 👉 the kalamon that are eaten, and the koroneiki from which the oil is extracted.

👌👌  The harvest period usually begins in November, and extends over two or three months


ZEGOUD BILAL


This week has been hectic of new event and festival
I will you to discover the program:


PARTIE 2

KALAMATA 2017 - PROGRAM .     🎥 🎥 🎥


2ND KALAMATA INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL October 11 - 15, 2017 Kalamata, Greece Singing in the land of gods INTERKULTUR’s international choir competition in Greece: Hosted by the romantic city of Kalamata, located on the Southern Peloponnese. Vibrant, calm and idyllic – Kalamata proves in an impressive way that these characteristics do not conflict with each other: Narrow lanes, a historic old town and the Apostles church of the 12th century characterize the townscape until today. The combination of sea, mountains, vine and olive trees make Greece a wonderful place where singers from all over the world will feel mostly welcome. Singing in the land of gods – singing in Kalamata. This choir competition unites the advantages of an international choir competition with numerous possibilities for concert performances in a city that provides manifold cultural choices. The competition part offers categories for different levels of difficulty, casts and musical genres – the festival combines an easy going gathering of different nations with the wonderful setting of South East Europe.

                         😱 😱 .  🎶 . 🎻 . 🎼