under the SOUTHERN SUN

Northern girl meets Macedonia, Greece and Spain

Revival of the south

It’s  been more than a year and I haven’t finished my story of the Greece trip. I’ve just finished the 100 Happy Days challenge on my other blog, http://agframe.tumblr.com/

So now is the time for a new (old and unfinished) challenge: to finish my story of Greece once and for all! It must be done until september 10th. It’s a bit more than two months - totally doable.  Why the september 10th exactly?

Funny how things sometimes happen in unexpected ways. All this time back home, I was reaching back to Ohrid, to the south. I was dreaming, seeing, thinking, gathering the information from the internet…all because of some magnetic force virtually pulling me there. 

Being aware of how things work in life when you have no money and no cheap direct flights to your dream destination, in the reality I was looking North even though the dreams were in the South. So I applied for Erasmus exchange in Finland. 

Now I’ve ended up with a flight ticket to Spain. Finns did not take me. At least for the first study semester. So I got an opportunity to apply for those universities having the latest application deadlines. South of Europe, of course. Barcelona! 

I had never had intention to visit Spain. It’s considered to be one of the worst European countries for hitchhiking, so it was off my plate by default :D  Portugal - yes, because it’s the furthest place to go in Europe; Italy - of course (the art, the food, the architecture), Balkans & Greece - checked; Croatia has been on my waiting list for a looong time…

And now I’m learning Spanish, knowing nothing about the place except the common stereotype-rubbish and a bit of Spanish art & architecture. I don’t like the most of the Spanish films I’ve watched, though. I don’t even know any Spanish people personally (and that’s truly weird)! 

So It’s going to be an absolutely new reality for me. New people, new places, new thoughts hopefully… Exactly what I’m always looking for! 

And most importantly - this blog will not die, it has turned out to be sustainable! When creating agnese in the south (and not agneseinmacedonia or agneseinohrid or agneseinbalkans),some part of me probably knew I’ll be attached to the south more than I could ever expect. 

Looking forward for it!
I’ll keep you updated again! Cheers! ^_^

berlinfarmlab:

Holiday House Settlement in Lesbos island, GreeceGreeceCALL FOR APPLICATIONThe cool wind takes the heat. The sun hits the still green fields. The house martins are twittering. The water in the bay shimmers a light turquoise and fades into a dark blue at the horizon, where a cargo ship passes slowly. The olive trees lay bushy in the fields and climb up the slopes where they stretch from mountain top to mountain top. Nikos planted my potatoes in the field behind our garden. He brings us eggs. When he leads his herd of sheep along the beach in front of our house to their grazing field, he stops briefly to ask for an orange.In this bay there are about 20 holiday houses, one of which I was lent for use. It is slowly falling apart and cannot be sold. A renovation is senseless. Therefore I try to maintain the house in its current state with little expense. There´s no electricity or running water. These days there are two friends with me. We wash the dishes in the sea and take drinking water from the next village. In the evenings we use lanterns and candles for light.The house´s fall into disrepair shall be postponed for some time as makeshift repairs are carried out. I would like to invite two people, twice a year, to stay here. Not simply for labour, but to experience creating something out of nothing, using the materials found here. By spending time in this house creativity develops and encourages practical solutions to the limitations that exist here.This project does not aim to create a standard living situation, but a stable alternative, using improvised maintenance to stop it declining any further.If you are interested in these goals and would like to come and stay here, please get in touch for further details.



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berlinfarmlab:

Holiday House Settlement in Lesbos island, Greece
Greece

CALL FOR APPLICATION

The cool wind takes the heat. The sun hits the still green fields. The house martins are twittering. The water in the bay shimmers a light turquoise and fades into a dark blue at the horizon, where a cargo ship passes slowly. The olive trees lay bushy in the fields and climb up the slopes where they stretch from mountain top to mountain top. Nikos planted my potatoes in the field behind our garden. He brings us eggs. When he leads his herd of sheep along the beach in front of our house to their grazing field, he stops briefly to ask for an orange.

In this bay there are about 20 holiday houses, one of which I was lent for use. It is slowly falling apart and cannot be sold. A renovation is senseless. Therefore I try to maintain the house in its current state with little expense. There´s no electricity or running water. These days there are two friends with me. We wash the dishes in the sea and take drinking water from the next village. In the evenings we use lanterns and candles for light.

The house´s fall into disrepair shall be postponed for some time as makeshift repairs are carried out. I would like to invite two people, twice a year, to stay here. Not simply for labour, but to experience creating something out of nothing, using the materials found here. By spending time in this house creativity develops and encourages practical solutions to the limitations that exist here.

This project does not aim to create a standard living situation, but a stable alternative, using improvised maintenance to stop it declining any further.

If you are interested in these goals and would like to come and stay here, please get in touch for further details.

The people on the street recognize you right away. If you have negative thoughts in your mind, people get this right away. If you really want to do something good, they understand and feel this too. They can sense what your intentions are—that you have not come not to steal anything, or do anything bad—and then they try to help you. People help you when you have showed up just because you are curious about the lives others lead. The entire essential deal with photography is that you have to be honest. If you don’t really like people, or look down from above on them, they will react similarly to you. If you go somewhere where you don’t actually like the local people, there is no way you can do good work there. Communications with the people whose photos you are taking is vital. And you do not absolutely have to have words or phrases at the ready to strike up communications. What is really important actually is emotional communication. Actually, the thing that gives me the most pleasure when it comes to taking photos is that feeling of having “been accepted.” I mean, I go to a completely foreign place, and I start dialogues with the people there. When these people who I never knew before accept me, and take me into their lives, it is an incredible feeling.

Nikos Economopoulos (via fotojournalismus)
this applies as a principle for an ideal roadtrip of mine :}

(via fotojournalismus)

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08.06.2012.

Kad saules stari sasnieguši telti un sāk mani karsēt, es ceļos. 8:30 – labs rezultāts! Lai gan miegs bijis ievērojami labāks kā iepriekšējā naktī, gurni smeldz – cietzeme vēl joprojām nav iecienītākā gulēšanas virsma. Izmantoju pēdējo dušošanās iespēju, uzgraužu mandeles brokastīs. Saule dara mani lēnu – dodos tālāk vien ap 11:30. Un paņemu vienu gaļīgu pūkainu aprikozi no pagalma koka – nospriežu, ka esmu to pelnījusi par tiem 9,50 €.

Sasniegusi lielāko ceļu, kas ved ārā no šī miesta vārdā Roda, es sāku stopēt, lēnām dodoties uz priekšu tieši svelmainajai saulei zobos.

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