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THE MED Land team, May–September 2019

THE TEAM; Eleonora Pauli, Laura Mangunda, Ivana Petan, and Ayane Tanaka

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>>> Eleonora Pauli studied literature and languages in Berlin and Cambridge. She loves to listen, and encountered many new and inspiring sounds while travelling with Bojan on Nalu.  Eleonora works as a journalist in Berlin, Germany. She writes and produces short radio plays for Deutschlandradio, collects sounds for her next satirical commentary, or just walks the city streets with her microphone in her hand and her ears wide open.

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She came to Greece and stayed with the project for the first two months! For me, it was a very bright experience from day one, a very creative, supportive and positive living and working time. She came with small audio and photo-film equipment, as an enthusiast for sound recording and with professional audio journalistic skills. It was very exciting, since I love the sound, too! And it was a perfect match to record (video and sound) “what was going on” during this two months:

Eleonora also did her part in the exhibition “BARKE” (Boats), which already took place in September at the Museum of Stari Grad, Hvar island. It was about the third element of the exhibition, image & soundtrack TRACES OF MEDLAND PROJECT 2019/1 a project on which the creation of this entire exhibition is built on. The soundscape was created by Eleonora!

laura-mangunda-med-land-projectLaura Mangunda, a law student from Slovakia was formally “the opposite world” from Ayane who was from Tokyo. But in reality, we had all common pools and very informal, easy-going, “MED land” active and challenging life. She was always ready to help and do things I wouldn’t even think of, from research to every task on the boat, transcribing, etc., and was always open to learning. “So young, so good “, could be the title of the song I would write about her!

bits from her fear-well letter;

Dear Bojandzi,

Thank you for this whole experience.

It has meant a lot to me. It has brought me to experiences and realizations that I didn’t expect at all … >>> MORE

ivana-petan-medland-team-may-september-2019Ivana Petan has been IN from the very beginning –from day one, when we sailed Nalu from Bari to Slovenia to restore the boat, back in 2010!

SINCE THEN, she has been continuously collaborating in every possible way, from doing repairs on Nalu, transcribing, supporting the financially and her unique ceramics, sailing on destinations. We also had 3 exhibitions together, related to the MEDLand project:

Dance with Mary – exhibition/installation

Water Dragon of Venice – Exhibition in Zadar

Exhibition “Barke” (Boats) by Ivana Petan – ceramics and BojanB – prints

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Ayane Tanaka from Tokyo has been engaged in international business with the focus on marketing and corporate strategy. She had worked for a fashion agency in Paris as a marketing assistant, and got involved with MEDland project as a PR and strategic marketer, as well as a sailing crew member. She is interested in culture, gastronomy and sustainability, which she cultivated by travelling around the world and through various art and sports activities. She joined us on Ikaria and we finished our common trip in the Adriatic – on Hvar island, which took us 13 days. “The sailing journey in the Mediterranean for 13 days was sometimes extremely tough and very much lovely at other times, which gave me an intensive experience of understanding Mother Nature.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ayane-tanaka-849a88150Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayanebby

 

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4 years ago

Upcoming stories from the Aegean and Marmara Sea,May–September 2019

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From Athens to Constantinople and back, through East Aegean sea and as south as Patmos island – here is the list of stories that are “in the fridge”, I hope not for long, since some of them are still waiting from last year:

christodoulos-ulysse-nalu-traveling-together-medland-projectThe first team of the 2019 MEDLand storytelling project was related to the last recorded story in 2018 – Christodoulos is actually the heart of the team now, and the focus of the story. How come? We were four plus one: Eleonora from Berlin – German. She connected to the project through Workaway platform. Her skills are radio/audio journalism, with a touch of video, too.

Bojan-Eleonora-Christodoulos-Makis (Christodoulos skipper) and Odyssey.

Christodoulos decided to do a pilgrimage-ritual trip through historical places in the North Aegean sea, from Athens to Istanbul via Limnos island, also passing  Marathon field, the temple above Chalcis where armies got together to attack Troy … then Limnos island, connected to Odyssey karma, where he betrayed his fellow men … and “it is time now to release this pain”. Rituals and conversations with Odyssey were Christodoulos’ occupation, while he was sailing on his own boat at the age of 83! BUT – newly born every day, with plenty of smiles, positive thoughts and joy for life, philosophy, cipora, vine, good food, poetry.  The final destination was his home island, Ikaria. Three films about the trip were published along the way on the WGO page.

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Nazif Aksehiri and Ozan Yılmaz were two more people we approached in Istanbul and there stories -of how Istanbul and especially Bosporus is inspiring them, are on the way.

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Anta was born in Athens, grew up on Crete, and currently lives on Limnos island, working as an alternative tour guide and activist for sustainable development on the island.
“… we live in another era now, I don’t think we should carry the past. Maybe some practices of producing products for our own consumption, it is something that can be done easily. And this also gives us the satisfaction to working with land, that land can provide for you. I think that this relation can bring us closer to nature. This, I would keep from the past – and nothing else. People make the difference. Cretans cooperate, they are more innovative, open-minded, they make collaborations, while people here – maybe because it is a distant island and they do not have many visitors – it is like they are afraid of one another.”               

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Giorgos moved from Tesaloniki to Samothraki island with Jacqueline.”If we start a family, we need to do something else … We had enough, we want to change our lives, maybe live in a community or start a community, and we thought, ‘OK, why don’t we first go around and see for ourselves’. So we took our motorbike and traveled through France, Portugal and Spain for one year. We visited eco-communities and eco private projects with very different types or organizational management. And it was very interesting to see how things worked or didn’t work. We ended up on Samothraki.” … “Either you love it or you hate it, and you have to leave immediately”, was a sentence repeated by many, especially the ones that migrated and now live here for years … And their love affair goes on. They are the active population for the needed changes in a land of “no compromises”.

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On Samothraki island, I was occupied with trees most of the time. They let me know that through thousands of years on Samothraki, they are the biggest, free  open-air art galley, where living sculptures express creativity beyond imagination!

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Omar
In april 2017, Omar – 26-year-old Syrian refugee – founded organisation refugee4refugees on Lezbos and Samos island, two of the most immigrated islands in Greece. The organisation, that is, mostly Omar himself, runs programs to improve the lives of refugees on the island, like education, free shop, programs for kids, engaging volunteers from all over the world. He himself is also volunteer! The organisation is one of the most notable on the two islands.
“I can see the Mediterranean full of blood, since you can not escape people from the violence at home.reffugee4refugees

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Melissa,  a lawyer from Mexico, volunteering at the Legal centre Lesvos 
I was supposed to volunteer for two weeks and go back. And these two weeks turned into a month and a half, (…) and then i did get my Visa, but also Trump got elected and I was hesitant to go back.
But it was not the same after what I saw in the refugee camp, I did not feel comfortable going back to my crazy, creative comfortable life in new Orleans and not doing anything. So that is how I ended up here. Maybe many people want to help, but they cannot afford not working. Of course, it is a privilege, I tell you, everything is so unfair in life. I was very privileged, I was very fortunate with a loving family, with access to education to travelling, I learnt different languages and I studied many different things. And I think the least I can do is used these tools to do something nice and good, not only for myself. Myself and for others.” https://legalcentrelesvos.org/

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Fabian from Switzerland, came to Lesbos in March 2017 to start a project  – “One happy family” The core idea is to provide facilities for refugees. “We started without a fixed idea of what we wont to do. We talked to refugees, locals, politicians, journalists, to see what exactly is needed. Besides legal rights, housing and medical care needs, they have nothing to do! Which is also a big problem … We started to build a community center together with refugees, decide what and how we want to do it, and later to also run it by them … We fight for humanity – expect us to win! No risk, no fun. Everything seems impossible until it’s done.https://ohf-lesvos.org/en/welcome/

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Estelle, 27, from France is a co-director of Yoga and Sports for Refugees, which is now also part of One Happy family project.
She is organizing running trainings, swimming classes, boxing classes like taekwondo, kickboxing for women, self-defense classes for women, Yoga classes, fitness classes … ”We started this project because sports and yoga can really help mental health, for people staying in camps, to live in a peaceful environment. If we do not educate our children or the next generation about what is happening and why it is happening, it’s never going to change.” >https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=458563191343959

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Lena from Lesbos island: “They try to convince us that we are war-logs, and by nature selfish … Otherwise, we will die sooner or later, that this is nature of our race. No, no, this concept totally fucked up our planet, this is how ‘they’ want people to think, and a majority do not use much brain, that is true, but I believe many young people want something different …” Lena runs a very popular restaurant where refugees and locals cook and serve. Half a million crossed Mikilini – the capital, so Lesbos also was a start-up group for setting up Pikpa camp, where 50,000 people went through since 2012. You can change things by doing things, and this change will be multiplied by other people, and so on.”

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Lefteris from Ikaria
“I go to pick up plants usually in the morning, then I make a product. And in the afternoon, I have guided tours. I organize interpretive experiences, it’s about regenerative tourism, as I call it. So I’m trying to slow them down a little bit, and to get them in contact with the character of Ikaria, and if I manage to inspire some of them, I’m quite happy. So what I’m trying to do is to raise social and environmental awareness … Now we started a new project to renovate a refuge place on top of the mountain, as well as look after a hectare of land, since we want to prove that many different plants and endemic trees are growing up there. There are five times too many animals – goats and sheep – on the island, and shepherds are denying it … Not long ago, Ikaria was one of the most forested islands in the Aegean sea. Direct democracy, communalism and de-growths were the values of Ikarian people in the past, and we’re not even aware of it. One of the projects across the whole country is to develop society in line with these values…We (Lefteris and wife ) support other producers, our place is open for visitors, so we try to raise awareness about the idea of self-sufficiency.” Lefteris also spends time in his lab to implement old knowledge of using herbs. ” We know that natural substances when they are combined like it is done in nature, are completely different from doing concentrated substances synthetically or extracting substances and use them in high concentration.” As for many on the islands, specialization is actually having different types of knowledge which are related to the basic needs to live.” >>  Ikarian Footprints

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Women coop on Ikaria island
Gabi came from Italy. “It was no coincidence that we founded the cooperative for women: Women on such small islands have very little opportunities to find a job, also because when the children are small, there is no kindergarten or other childcare, and the good thing about women cooperative is that you don’t have to work 8 hours a day, but everyone is able to contribute as much as she can, the salary depends on the working hours, not the month. So a housewife or a mother who raises her children can work on a flexible schedule. And women have more power, that is just the way it is.
What they do: it is a sweet shop, pie shop, food shop, with fruit products, coffee place … All done from local ingredients from neighboring farmers. 7 women, two of which foreigners, are running the coop. It started in November 2009
https://www.tasteikaria.com/?section=1923&language=en_US

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Dimitris from Ikaria ”I came back because I made a deal with my wife that if we have a child, the child must grow up in a safe and healthy environment, which is not Athens. I think for example my child here on Ikaria from six years on goes alone to the town to the Square because everybody is checking what’s going on and looking at my child, as  I am looking for the well-being of other children. We do not have policeman here, we are doing the job by ourselves, always checking if everything is OK so the thieves don’t steal anything, because if the owner catches you, they hit you and the only way to survive this is to run to the police station, but we don’t have it here…” Dimitris has three diplomas and does many jobs. His big concern and activity is to study, explore, preserve and educate others about the Ikaria natural environment. He is a speleologist and knows over 40 caves in Ikaria. He is also in a rescue team. ”I do many things, because I don’t like to be bored … I try to show the nature, the beauty of the pictures to the locals especially … That’s why I do photography.”

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Urania is a dedicated and native Ikarian. Her father opened the first tourist agency on the island, which upheld the values for sustainable tourism from the very beginning. “When we started the agency, I remember my mother saying we should do it in the way that will not spoil the island. I use my skills, art and knowledge in tourism …  All the aspects of our life come from aesthetics  Aesthetics has nothing to do with art only, it’s about how we choose the people around us, our environment, how we dress, what we eat. Aesthetics is also very much related to harmony, and harmony is based on the human proportions. The purpose is to be in balance, and in that case we never go against the natural flow of energies. Aesthetics will make us better, will make us happy, because according to our taste, we choose our partner or our lifestyle, a glass of wine we enjoy, and finally, this is the meaning of life. But we don’t pay much attention to aesthetics. We have to train children to watch, to observe, and make their own choices.  For me, this is the beginning of one’s personality. It all has to do with our lower instinct, but if we don’t use aesthetics, we cannot be the master of our instinct logic and soul. Brain and soul,  it is these two potentials that we have to balance. We must respect our contribution to, or our existence in the universe, and not try to force the change of the rules, because then it’s really toxic and catastrophic. Aesthetics is about the big chapter. It is a big part of philosophy. This canbe applied philosophy in life, this is the key to make us open windows, to see things differently , to re-estimate our position as humans, as individuals, smaller groups, as well as people as part of the universe. Dolihi Tours, Urania Mytika

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4 years ago

Workshop with Marko Pogačnik on the archipelago of Vis – September 2019

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Participants were from Croatia and Slovenija mostly scholars of the second year of school of Geomancy, assistants for the field exercises, some permanent collaborators as well as organisers of the event from the island..18 altogether! The focus of the workshop of intensive 2 nad half days connecting, understanding, communicating and acting in imagination for the wellbeing of island Vis and Biševo.

The main push to do the workshop on the archipelago of Vis was an invitation of LAG ŠKOI - Manuela Antičević, who was also the organiser of the event.

Among the visited places were: church of Marija Gusarica-Komiža, the chapel of SV. Mikula above Komiža, the monastery of SV. Jeronimo-town of Vis, Duhova cave also known as TITO headquarters during II WW, Stiniva beach, the monastery of SV.Nikola above Komiža,  Biševo island -Blue cave, The sea bear cave and Odyssey library, Sv Ante Padovanski on Plisko plain...

 The workshop was held on Vis and Biševo island- in Adriatic.     

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4 years ago

Exhibition “Barke” (Boats) by Ivana Petan-ceramics and BojanB-prints

The opening took place in the courtyard of the Bianchini palace, now Museum of Stari Grad, Hvar island on 11th September at 11 am!

The multimedia exhibitionBarke” (Boats) is built by three elements. The first is Bojan Brecelj’s photographs, focusing on the construction of wooden boats on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, which is one of the few places in the Mediterranean where wooden boats are sought and masters still have a lot to do! (collection of 7 prints-limited edition 100 x 70cm and 110x 30cm )

Looking at the strong structures of the boats made of wood growing here, on the hill above the sea… the questions appeared: Is this the past? What is really the future of sea travel? Having in mind these questions, these photographs were created.

The second element of the exhibition is ceramic sculptural works of Ivana Petan – abstract forms of boats, made in the technique of paper-porcelain, chamotte clay and glazes.

In the hours when the sea and sky are painted in the same colour, they look like one big blue. Through it, beings of different worlds draw traces of innumerable shapes, creating a unique mandala of destinies. Each trace tells its story – its creation, its path and its mission that it yearns for. To imprint the traces of sea, to take its form, it happens through the respect, hearing and participation of all visible and invisible phenomena that create the whole of the open and every moment of the new water-air space of life.

The third element of the exhibition is image&sound track TRACES OF MED LAND PROJECT 2019/1 a project on which the creation of this entire exhibition is built on. The soundscape was created by Eleonora Pauli.

more images and the opening:

collection of 7 prints-limited edition 100 x 70cm and 110x 30cm are available as special offer at:

MED Land get involved –PATRON page 

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4 years ago

Meeting a Japanese sailor, Wakao Yoshikatu

It was such a precious coincidence meeting a Japanese sailor, Wakao Yoshikatu on the island of Ikaria, Greece. /interview, transcription and photos by Ayane Tanaka./

We were curious to know about the philosophy and the vision of his life because it’s very rare to see Japanese sailors around the world. Here we share his story of the experience in both Japanese and Western culture, which makes him always like to start new things.

“I decide my way of living by myself, not by society. One reason for the decision is rooted in my experience in the exchange study in America 40 years ago. I was shocked by cultural differences, such as individualism and proactiveness. These new values have influenced my current way of living. Another reason is based on my focus on the value of free time, which I cultivated through sailing. In Japan, the priority tends to be working and commercial affairs, not leisure like sailing. In order to have my free time in Japanese society, I have to find out my own way to make a living.”

“The motivation for working is to make customers happy. I have work experiences in different fields such as a buyer of jewellery, a builder, and a hair artist etc. However, my belief in working is one: to make customers happy. I believe a person who is happy to please others can be the happiest person.”

You can track Wakao’s Sailing Vessel “Crow’s Nest 7” from here. We hope more Japanese sailors can be seen all over the world near future.

Full version in Japanese is below:

ギリシャのイカリア島にて、日本人セーラーの宜克 若尾(よしかつ わかお)さんにお話を伺うことが出来た。彼は世界各地をボートで妻と訪れており、今回はヨーロッパから日本に帰る途中とのこと。日本人としては非常に珍しいセーリングを趣味としている彼。一体どんな人なのだろうか?「周りから次は何始めるの?と聞かれるくらい彼は新しいことを始めるのが好き。」と妻は言う。何が彼をそうさせるのか。日本と西洋の文化をこれまで経験してきた彼のストーリーをここにシェアしたい。

自分で自分の道を決めた人生を歩んでいる。そのルーツは学生時代のアメリカ留学にある。

留学という決断

「日本には、社会に決められた「レール」が存在する。大学を卒業し、大手企業に就職するというもの。僕もそうするのだと思っていたが、まだ海外留学が珍しかった40年前、アメリカに行く決断をした。なぜなら、自分とは何か、何のために生きていくのかと疑問に思ったから。そして自分自身を見つめるためには日本の文化が分からないといけない。日本の文化を理解するためには、違う文化を見て比較しないといけないと思ったから。そうして大学3年生の時に、一番身近だったアメリカに半年間留学することにした。」

アメリカでのカルチャーショック

「日本との大きな違いが2つあった。まず、考え方が違うということ。日本のような全体主義ではない、お互いを認め合う文化と個人主義がすごくいいなと思った。2つ目は、自分から何かを起こさないと事が始まらないということ。知り合いが全くいない環境のおかげで、なんでも自分からする力を身につけられた。こういった新しい価値観に触れた経験から、大手企業に入るよりも自分で何かできることがあるんじゃないか、自分の好きなことをする方がいいんじゃないかと思うようになったことが、今のキャリアパスに繋がっている。」

こうして留学後、大手企業ではなく小さな魚屋で修行を積む決断をし、その後「自分でビジネスをする」という夢を叶えた。メンズアクセサリーショップcreamを立ち上げて、バイヤーとして世界中を飛び回る生活を送っていたそうだ。

日本社会で「自分のための時間」を持つには、自分のやり方でやっていかないといけない。

セーリングに気付かされた余暇の価値

「自分でビジネスを始めた頃から、仕事以外の時間を作れるようになりセーリングを再び始めることができた。2012年に今の船を購入し、世界中を航海して沢山の国の文化を見てきた。そこで日本と西洋との「余暇」に対する価値観の違いを肌で感じた。まず、西洋の人は「余暇のために働いている」。例えば、地中海の街は港を中心に街が発展していて、バカンス用のボートがたくさん来ている。遊ぶために働くというライフスタイルが浸透していることの現れだ。一方、日本文化は「生活=仕事」。日本の港は商業用優先であるため、バカンス用のボートの代わりにフェリーといったビジネス向けが多くを占める。このことからも仕事が優先される社会だと分かる。日本では、働くこと=良いことという考えが一般化してしまっているが、たとえ失業率が低くても、実際に幸せな人は少ないように強く感じる。時間的な余裕がないのがこの問題の連鎖を生んでいる。それを見て、自分は自分のやり方でやっていかないといけないなと思った。」

興味深いことに、彼はバイヤーの他に、建築や美容師といった様々な経験を持っている。彼のこれらの仕事に対するモチベーションはどこから来るのか。

仕事のやりがいは、人に喜びを与えられること

自分にとって仕事とは

「仕事で大事なのは、人に喜んでもらえること。だから、仕事の精神「お客さんの喜びのため」を知ることがまず大事。例えば政治も、憲法という精神に基づいて法律というマニュアルが成り立っている。仕事も同じで、「精神」なしに「マニュアル」だけでは仕事の意味を理解しないままタスク処理することになる。だから、仕事の根本である精神さえ分かれば、マニュアルなんかがなくてもお客さんの望んでいることは何なのか自分で考えて仕事をこなすことができる。」

なぜ仕事としてビジネスを選んだのか

「ビジネスは幸せを作ることができると信じている。例えば、政治の世界はみんなが100%賛成する状態は不可能であり、必ず敵を作る。つまり、誰かを苦しめないと誰かの幸福はない。そのバランスを取らないといけないそんな大変な仕事はないと思う。」

人に喜びを与える人こそが幸せになれる

「人の喜びを自分の喜びだと思える人が、幸せになれる人。人の喜びを妬む人や損得を考える人、人に喜びを与えるのではなく自分だけが喜んでいたらいいという人は、幸せになれない。」

彼がこれまでやってきた仕事は一見すると様々だが、根本の考えは共通している  「人に喜んでもらうこと」が目的だったのだ。

宜克さんのセーリングボート「Crow’s Nest 7」はここから現在位置や過去のセーリングトラベルを追跡できる。日本人セイラーがもっと世界の海で見られる日が来ることを願う。

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4 years ago

Meeting Antoni Font Gelabert

While staying in the port town of Agios Kirykos in Ikaria island, we met with Antoni Font Gelabert. Antoni has been involved in environmental protection and sustainability for over 30 years, including seven years of being a board member of Greenpeace International. He is currently working on two projects. The first, Pandion, is an environmental consultancy firm. As he explains, Pandion is the Latin name of the fishing eagle, since they mostly work in marine conservation. The second is Ocean Observer, a project that aims to introduce electric boats into operation, from installing electric engines to borrowing electric boats to non-governmental organisations.

Coming from Mallorca and having expertise in the Balearic Islands, Antoni visits Greek islands every year for the past 12 years. Connected to both these places, he transfers his experiences from home to the processes that the Greek islands are undergoing now. As he says, he is interested in seeing and understanding how the same processes that have destroyed Mallorca are acting in different places.

“I come from a place that is strongly saturated by human pressure. Mallorca is growing at the rate of the full population of Samos each year. In the coming years, Mallorca will grow by 300 000 people, ten times the population of Samos. So mainly the challenges and the problems we detect have to do with this overcrowding and the pressure of tourism. But not only tourism: there are people who want to come to Mallorca because Mallorca has very good infrastructure, very good transport and all these things that are fantastic for any project or business. In fact, of the 80 000 people who come to live there each year, 50 000 go away because they don’t find their real dream. So Mallorca is what I call a dream shredder: a shredder that destroys the dreams of 50 000 people whose dreams don’t come true. Because the pressures and the competition are really hard. But the rules of neoliberalism say that everything must go in the direction of growth.”

On our islands we have released the ropes and we are drifting in terms of the relation of people with nature. And here, of course, this is starting to happen. But when we come here, we feel like in the Baleares 50 years ago. There is internet, there is everything that is in our islands, but many ways of doing are still old fashioned. And that has a lot of value: I love the old fashioned way of relating to nature. In the basic sense, I feel at home.”

He talked about where he sees the current problems of the Mediterranean – and the ways to solve them. 

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4 years ago

Three faces of Lesbos

Lesbos lately became famous for the „most unbearable refugee camp in the world“ as they call it here. Now, we might already have forgotten about it, but the hard reality in the packed camp of Moria and people waiting for years to get asylum rights, is a part of daily life on the island. And: People are still coming and drowning on their way to Europe.

At the harbour, visitors of fancy coffee bars and refugee families fishing coexist quite separately. ut there is a minority of locals and mostly foreigners who run projects & activities that are extremely valuable for the many lost on Lesbos…depressed, with no future and especially with nothing to do.

Europe turns a blind eye and the Greek government obeys Europe by ignoring 
refugees needs, especially in legal processes. This should convince Afghans, Syrians, and many Africans NOT to cross over at all!  

I can see - in the future - the Mediterranean Sea full of blood since you cannot stop people from escaping violence at home“ 26-year-old Omar from Syria stated. In April 2017 he started refuge4refugees-  an NGOo working on Lesbos and Samos. 

We stayed much longer than we thought and got closer to many more heroes…VIDEO

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4 years ago

Embraced by Samothraki: The mountain in the Sea

“Either you love it - or you hate it and you have to leave immediately” was a sentence repeated by many. Especially the ones that migrated and live here now for years…and their love affair goes on. They are the active population for the needed changes in a land of “no compromises”
voice: Giorgos Maskalidis >>> video


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4 years ago

Making a “story” Bojan explains

"To do the story it is to connect to a person because this stories are personal stories. A person that jumped over the fence. This means that it is someone who fells connected to the place, developing his/her own ways of sustainable living and who is also acting  for the community well-being. It is not so important what she, he is doing, but HOW and WHY.“ >> video


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4 years ago

Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together: over the Marmara Sea to the Bosporus / Troy and Constantinople

Here are our news from Turkey: Christos - doctor and psychiatrist - sailed through the Dardanelles, the Marmara Sea and the Bosporus to two metropolis: Troy and Istanbul. For the Turkish part of the  trip, Bojan and Eleonora joined Christos on his boat. >> video


PS : The fist team of 2019 MEDLand storytellig-project is related to the last recorded story in 2018: Christodoulos is the heart of the team now - and the focus of the story. How comes? We are four now, plus one.. Eleonora from Berlin, Germany, connected to the project through Workaway-platform. Her skills are journalism - audio, with a finger in video also.

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4 years ago
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