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Making Of: Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis

Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis

We had a chance to meet the fabulous neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis, who was born in 1936 in Ikaria - times in history in which Ikaria was an occupied island. Thus he went through times being a refugee in Cairo those days, he finished his medicine degree in Germany.
Nowadays he lives most of the year on Ikaria where he started the Association of Ikarian Studies. It is a cultural organization publishing books and open to manage any projects "to improve life on Ikaria”. 
He is helping people around Mediterranean with his medical knowledge, which is also about the herbs that he studies lately. Christodoulos is a sailor and his latest passion is also organising Senior Regatta’s on Ikaria.

To learn more about his unique life story and the way of living with 81 years - story coming soon...

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Making Of: Mediterranean wooden boatbuilder

>01.10.2018> Giorgos and Stella are a married couple living on Samos island in Greece. Together they build wooden boats in an atmosphere that mixes both passion and hard work. Learn more about the uniqueness life being a boatbuilder in Mediterranean with the coming story...

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Meeting Eileen Botsford

Two times I had the chance to meet Eileen Botsford. She was born in Athens but brought up on Syros island. Her master was in Fine Arts at Slade School of Fine Arts in London and she didn’t come straight back…
She names her activity as land art and community art. 
The first time we meet she showed me an exhibition of the project that she initiated. ”Cruises" is about Boat Trips: A Visual Exhibition from the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. The purpose of this action taken by Primary and Secondary Schools of Leros, Lipsi, Kos, Syros, Naxos, Milos and Thira was the journey of imagination through artistic creation, the cultivation of artistic expression with emphasis on insularity and the common insular origin of students. Moreover, she wants to eliminate the distances between the greek islands through artistic expression and exchange of ideas, experiences and information among students.
The second time she took me to see some cracks that were (still) filled with golden mud. Filling the gaps was part of the project that she had with underprivileged children. Usually these kind of children knows their lives as being cared and worried about. Her project was to give them the opposite experience since they were filling up the cracks in the weals in the town with “gold”. This act was also having a memory when Chinese were glowing broken ceramics with gold.

More about her on:
Website - Eileen Botsford

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Making Of: Mimis and Dimitris

“If you dont see where you are going, you go where you see”
Mimi - Martoulas Dimitris was born and lives on Chios island which is only 2 miles away from Turkey. Already as a child he wished to have a farm and be independent. "I love challenges AND if I fell like doing it, I DO IT. Living sustainable in peace with yourself in harmony and with nature is philosophy he is practicing every day...

Mimis brought us to his “soul brother” Dimitris on island Samos. “The place leads your mind and after you can do a lot“. Dimitris lives creative and independent life, routed in nature, which is the land of Samos and also seas of Mediterranean. Dimitri will tell us about his universe in his coming story...

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Charlotte Ballet-Baz

Charlotte crossed MED Land project on « Workaway » page. I responded immediately even she is only 23 years old, without any experience staying on the boat!

It was snowing when we meet the first time, and in less than in an hour, we agreed on “What Where and How” she should focus within the project. The next two months she was living on the boat Nalu and working in the MED Land’s office in Stari Grad (Faros-Hvar Island), in the museum, since I was also working there. Her task was to do the research for the future destinations -Aegean islands, with the “concrete results “ which is getting in touch with the potential MED Land story tellers !! It is not an easy task and she did it very well! Already on Hvar Charlotte stepped in her second rule for the project : producing and publishing short films on our activities before we started 2018 voyage.

Finally, she also sailed off with us, for the first leg crow from Hvar island (Adriatic) until Syros island (Aegean sea)! It was great to be with her on the boat, with sails up and good winds. Charlotte learned sailing skills fast and could even take over the ruder on our long stretches. She also continues to video document our adventure crossing the seas, islands and people there.

We could live and work in a very easy, spontaneous and open mode, discuss about theory and practice around the passion we share, photography and film, as well as any other topic. I could easily say that she is much older regarding the way she lives and does whatever she does! We shared a great time and a great experience.

Now since she finished her first studies in Politics, she will start a new Master degree in documentary filming, back in France, in Paris.

We became a close friend and doors for here on MED Land project are staying wide-opened

ps : some cuts from the days we spent together >>

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago


>12. 6. 2018<

Nicholas is a manager of 6 five star hotels in Greece. As an investment and on the basis of his own ideas, he is the first in Greece to have developed and produced a new type of electric cars that cost only 5,000 EUR! First, read his interview!

 full story

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Making Of – Lively island of Paros

>10.06.2018< We have spent the past few days exploring the beautiful and lively island of Paros, where we have met many different people, each with their own unique story and relationship with this piece of land…

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Making Of: Creative hearts of Syros

>08.06.2018< The island of Syros is a very interesting place, with a serene atmosphere and an array of creative, open-minded people that make the land’s energy pulse even more.

MED Land Project caught up with a few of them and here is a short introductory video to their stories.



Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

Syros “the centre of the world”

A few days ago we landed on Syros, the capital island of the Cyclades group in the Aegean sea.
It is not biggest of them all. 
It is not situated in the centre.
It is neither greener nor does it have more diverse resources than the other islands.
It has a very particular history that dates back centuries and when the Turks took over many of the neighbouring islands. Syros was wealthy enough to pay the Turks to let them free.
Hermopolis, the capital of Syros, was for a short time the capital of Greece, as well as the country’s most important port. The island even features an university department and the first high school in Greece was founded in Ermopolis.
There are around 25.000 people living in Syros all year round. 
Just like every island has its own mineral formation that creates the pulse of life, Syros is one of a kind. For islanders, this still feels like the “centre of the world”.

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Posted by bojanb
3 years ago

UPDATE of the story of Yiannis Katehis

MAY 2018: After one year, Nalu landed on this divine island once again. The first person we came across that morning was Yiannis. We embraced like we really fell, like old friends … I asked him about the news since we last saw each other, and in the next 10 minutes, I was already recording his great achievements in challenging his biggest fear, oil. See the end of the Yiannis story: MAKE IT LIVABLE!

Posted by bojanb
3 years ago