Sunday, February 25, 2018

Before the birds

Sometimes waking up early is the most precious thing you can do to yourself. 

Kalamata is a very beautiful place full of breathtaking views if you are willing to notice them. One day I simply woke up early and went to "kilometer" - concrete pier separating port and regular beach. I sat down and simply enjoyed clouds and fog enveloping landscape. 

Isn't this view just amazing? And no filter needed! 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018


        Happy Wednesday, dear all! If you've had a dreadful week, know that's it's half over already. If you're having a great week, you've still half of it left! My week  hasn't been sucky, but it 's been  intense due to the new semester in KENTRO NEON KALAMATA.

       However the prospective of being burnt out in the mid week isn't the best option, especially when rich for events weekend is coming closer.

       Current season in Kalamata is rich for rains and sun above the clouds, hence getting outside might be ... wet and humid. Anyway it's lame excuse for depression. Whether you're single, taken or anything in between (whatever floats your boat), there is something for everyone this day.
       There is more to love than loving a significant other - love your friends and those you share living space with. Galician home-made cookies, instant noodles or a simple toast with jam (baked/cooked for the flat mates) will set the right tone to the day. 

Happy V-Day, guys!

Saturday, February 3, 2018


    It’s common knowledge that hectic way of urban life makes us pay less attention to the quality of food we eat. The climax of fast food culture even worsened the situation. Practice shows that only after suffering of dangerous illness or identifying its first signs we revise the ration and change it somehow. 

     Well, I got the way out: make simple substitutes for the sake of your own. French fries for potatoes segments baked in the oven, snack bars for fresh or dry fruits, peppered chicken wings for vegetables stewed with fish.

    Kalamata turned out a paradise for fresh all-year-round veggies, seafood lovers and limited budget volunteers. Freeganism opened my eyes not to the fresh market tables and layouts, but under the tables. A bit bitten fruit or vegetables are doomed to lay on the ground instead of somebody's bellies. Luckily we know they are safe and eatable. Firstly shy and awkward beggers like, now me and some other EVS volunteers are confident hunger gamers. 

So the freegan movement is a magic wand for having fast green (read healthy)  meal. And easy to practice in Kalamata.

    What really matters is a conscious decision of rebuilding yourself. The same set of minimum ingredients processed in various ways may become a deserving alternative to so loving street but junk food. That’s a convincing fact which was successfully approved by me before coming to Greece.
   Pack safely and have a nutritious lunch time. Due to special lunch boxes with several sections it’s possible than ever, really! Bonus for you, reader!

  Check "CHEAP &  HEALTHY RECIPES that will not break your EVS food allowance.

   It was developed solely by the volunteer Mariam Sassi from Tunisia who knows how to juzz up basic ingredients and give birth to culinary masterpieces. Her tips might be handy for preparing budget healthy food.  No more questions of 'What to cook today"!

      The concept of having a quick healthy bite slowly but surely is penetrating into our minds.  Time-, health- and money-saving, it leaves the only question. Do we have a stomach for it or not.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Living with flatmates

All the EVS in Kalamata have to live with flatmates either 11 either 7 (depending of the house).

This is something positive because you will not feel alone, especially during your first weeks when you're nothing but lost and dizzy. Sharing your flat is also an opportunity to discover other ways of life (type of food, eating time, daily habits, musics...). You have people to talk to all the time. If you want to go out there is always someone who will be happy to come with you. Watching movies all together, cooking, sharing food, morning talks or fascinating late nights talks...are some examples of the positive side of sharing your flat.

Living with many other people requiere communication, cooperation, be careful to respect the others' rights, dealing with differences.... Many skills you will improve during your time here.

But living under the same roof can be tough. It might drive you crazy for numerous reasons due to yourself, due to the huge differences between each others, due to *fill the blank with your personal experience of flatsharing*

When there is an umbalance between all the positive sides of this way of life and the negative, when the negative are making you forget the positive ones here is something that might help you (it worked for me):

Take a deep breath, watch these talks and enjoy again the community life ;)


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We went to Monemvasia and it was cool. Because we are cool.

This is water

I don't know how many times I heard this speech; I don't know how many friends I showed it to. I know that I remember the day I first heard it, the friend that shared it with me. I heard it several times in a row: I didn't want to miss not even one small thing. I still listen to it every now and then. 

My time here is ending. Slowly I start to put things in perspective and I ask myself what was my purpose here, and how to communicate it to my colleges, and future EVS. I can start by the beginning, way before EVS, with David Foster Wallace words.  

This is a speech in a graduation ceremony of a liberal arts university course. Instead of presenting a nice "congratulations" speech, Foster Wallace underlines the human value of education and goes to the bottom of that should it be: a tool that allows us to learn how to think and to choose what to think about. For me, this is the true meaning of all education, but even more of non-formal education. 

If you are here, as I am, you have the tools. You can choose to choose, to be aware, to go beyond your default settings. You might not be able to choose the water, but you can choose to see it or not; you can choose how to see it. Your way, our way from now on it a matter of choice, OUR choice. 

This is what, this is water. 

Note: there is a full version of this speech that I highly recommend you to listen. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Goodbye amigo!

Our little Sheila!!

You came here for a short time but it was enough to touch our hearts. Your positive energy, craziness and compassion will never be forgotten.  

We have seen you sad and happy, sleepy and awake, steady and dancing. We experienced your changes and we learned from you.

We all miss you and I guess see you soon!!! :)