Saturday, March 31, 2007
My body isn't also acting great the last couple of days. For the ones who want to know: My intestines are really bothering me. Pain at some places. So today I have bought many products which contain many vessels (like kiwi's, apples, rye bread, etc.). The most common bread they sell here is namely white bread. So I hope it will get better soon.
Furthermore, we have vacation already! After only 3 weeks of 'studying', we're coming closer to Eastern, which means two weeks off in Greece! One before, and one after, as Eastern is a very important celebration, more than Christmas.
It may sound weird to some people, but I am not ready to have another vacation already. We have just started, I'm building up a rhythm, etc. Also a lot of people leave Matsi, which is of course logical, but still. It's getting empty and quiet. I myself can't really go somewhere. One or 2 days would be fine, but I just can't take too many things. But, if everything's going fine with my intestines, I will go to Santorini the last 4 days! The other girls (Mieke, Marielle & Levinia) will go 'island hopping' these 2 weeks, and the last days they will spend at Santorini. I'm really looking forward to go there, together with a couple of other persons from Matsi.
It seems that the sun is trying to break through the clouds, so.... see you!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
On the empty Egnatia Road. Student strike again.... (2 weeks ago)
On the beach (with Levinia):
View from my new room:
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Last week (thursday) we (Mieke, Marielle, Marijn and me) wanted to have dinner at Leski, but when we walked onto Egnatia street, we walked in the middle of a cloud of tear gas!! That was really awful, all tears, and pain in our throat and noses.
Change of room
Last tuesday I heard about the opportunity of changing rooms. There were still 4 rooms empty. So I took my chance and decided that I wanted to have another room. Instead of being in 22 on the ground floor, I am no in room 4 on the second floor. This means that I have to walk 2 extra stairs, but I do not have the noise of the cleaning lady anymore, no noise of people going out and coming in quite late and noisy. I also do not walk into a cloud of smoke of the landlord and the cleaning lady anymore. And my balcony and bed are bigger... ;)
Last week (16-25 march) Thessaloniki had its Documentary Festival. Totally enthusiastic we got a book with all movies in it, including their time and place. After spending the whole afternoon reading and discussing, I had made a list of documentaries I wanted to see. Unfortunately, today is the last day and the only documentary I've seen was the one on tuesday, in which I also felt asleep. Too less time, too tired, etc...
There is more to tell. Last week, Marco (a Dutch guy, who also lived in Matsi) had to go back to Holland. He has chronic hyperventilation and ever since he got here in Greece he didn’t feel well. He spent a lot of time sleeping and being dizzy. So he finally decided to go back to Holland. Because we all felt really sad for him (still do), we bought a big Greek flag and the students that he spent time with, all wrote something on it. The next saturday morning all the Dutch people accompanied him to the airport where we had to say goodbye. Poor guy*
At the moment I follow all possible courses (which are 7, because for the 8th one, one has to be much more technical than I am). I really don't know which one to drop at the moment, so I will just follow all of them until I'm more sure.
Which means that:
Monday: I don't have school
Tuesday: Interview, Talk and Discussion from 12-3
Wednesday: Globalization and the Arts from 10-12
International Relations of the EU in the 21st Century from 12-2
Media Management from 6-9
Thursday: Interviewing from 9-12
Friday: The Language of Documentary from 6-9
So actually quite a busy schedule, but I don't mind. It's still less than in the Netherlands :)
Today (25th of March) it is Independence Day in Thessaloniki. On this day they celebrate the liberation of Greece from the Turks (some time ago, I don't know the exact story). So we have walked through the city to the seaside, where they had organised a huge parade. It took about 1,5 hours, but as I was a bit late, the only thing I have seen are large groups of boys and girls, all marching. Continuously. I have seen much better parades....
After that we decided to take a trip on a boot, so we could see Thessaloniki from the water. That was a very nice trip, and it included also a drink. And of course it was very good weather for it!
*This text was (again) borrowed from Marielle. Thank you :)
Some random pictures
Marijn and Flips birthdayparty:
In a bar at Kalamaria:
Eating in Leski (student restaurant):
Sunset behind the mountains:
St. Patricks Day: Going out with Mieke, Marie and Marijn (unfortunately, Levinia was ill) to a party of Ultan (who's Irish):
Friday, March 23, 2007
What have I done last week. Not much, except for the fact that I've gone out for the first time in Greece, and it was quite fun!! Also a very expensive experience though.... You pay about 5 euro's for a drink, and that night I lost ten euro's for 1 drink, I don't know why...
I also have had my classes last week. At the moment I follow all 7, as I really don't know which ones to drop. They're all quite boring, old stuff. I even felt asleep yesterday during Interviewing!! Which could also be the result of too little sleep.... I'm now doubting about taking 'International Relations of the EU in the 21st century" and quitting Globalization and the Arts, as the last one actually does not really add something to my knowledge... But first I will follow some more classes, before I make my final decision.
That makes my week also more busy, which is good. For next week I have to write an essay, so I will start that tomorrow after I have written it on paper, as I cannot make it all up behind the computer. That will take too much of my time. The essay should be about a reality show in the Netherlands. I have chosen 'De Gouden Kooi', so if anyone has nice anek
I also have some pictures which I still have to place on the computer. Hopefully I will be able to do so this weekend...
Yesterday we had organized a Dutch party. Marijn and Flip were both celebrating their birthday. We had Amstel Beer, cheese (in little cubes of course), saltines. Levinia and I had planned to make an apple pie, but we had too little time to do so, so in the end we only made a 'boterkoek' (I don't think there's a English word for it). Unfortunately it did not totally work out the way we wanted, the oven was left on 'grill', and we forgot the salt and the egg on top of it. However, the people still liked it. They even took more parts!!
See you on my next blog... Time's up...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Today we had 'Interviewing' and 'Interview, Talk and Discussion'. She started to explain the aims and exam of the first one (write a feature story) and she was so enthousiastic. I have actually never seen such an enthousiastic teacher in my life. She is also very nice, even though smokes ;). Fortunately, she doesn't smoke in class, but 'not for our sakes'. Well, that's good to know then...
Surprisingly, her English is also good. During her explanation of the course (and some things she told about herself), we understood that her English is that good, because she has lived in England and has an English husband. That explains...
After Interviewing, she started to explain Interview, Talk and Discussion. For this course we have to write a semi-script and execute it in front of the camera. We can choose between a talk show, interview show or a discussion programme. I think I'll do the interviewprogramme, as you need only one extra person for it.
I have decided to keep at least these two courses, as they seem both very interesting to me. Also the fact that the teacher is such an enthusiastic narrator, makes it easier to choose. But we'll see about the rest of the courses coming week. Maybe I'll be just as enthusiastic about those and keep them all six.
Only time will tell...
Monday, March 12, 2007
So.... at 7:30 pm we finally left the Matsi house. For once we didn't have to wait for some girls, but for 2 boys (John and Ultan).
First we went to Kozani. According to Frankie it was a nice place, where 4 persons could also sleep in an appartment of his friend. The other 5 have slept in a hotel, which was actually a very nice one. I was surprised!
However, because we could not find the way as someone did not guide very well, we ate dinner at 10:30, and I was in the hotel at 1:30. The rest of the group decided to have another drink, but I already almost fell asleep during dinner, so I decided to stay in the hotel.
The next day we did not leave earlier than 1:30 or 2, as the guys had gone to bed way too late...
First we went to Kastoria, which also seemed to be a nice city, but I couldn't actually see why. It was a Greek city like the others I've seen. Anyway, we have eaten lunch/dinner/breakfast, whatever you want to call it, in a restaurant, where we've also decided that we would go to the Prespa Lakes immediately, so we didn't have to drive the next day anymore.
So we went back in the car again at 6:30, leaving Kastoria and on our way to the Prespa Lakes. After (again) some bad guiding of our dear John (he is really the worst navigator ever), we arrived at the Lakes at (what would it be) I guess 11 o'clock. There we had reserved some rooms, where we could drop our stuff. No dinner this time, but a lot of cookies, chips and a lot of beer (for the others). I went to bed at 1:30 or 2, after I tried to learn some poker. Unfortunately, I still don't know how to play it as there was no clear explanation (in my opinion, of course).
The next day we had our breakfast in a taverna next to the hotel. Of course only the girls (and Alex) were awake at that time, it took another hour before the rest of the guys came in.
When the guys were done as well we went with two boats on the lake to see some rock paintings and churches. The guy of the boat I was in was going way too fast! We truly raced across the lake; it was a bumpy ride! And it was sooo cold. And the man didn't tell anything. I wish I had been in the other boat, because that man has told a lot (such as: the lakes are 35 km wide, and 85 km long. The midst of the lake is 50 m deep, etc.) Also Levinia was allowed to navigate the boat for a while.
The weather was still grey and cloudy (as it has been all weekend) and therefore we couldn’t look very far, which is really a shame, because then it would have been so much more beautiful. We visited a small church and after that we rushed back in the boat.
Back in the village, we made a little walk through it and saw a goat farm. Those little goats were so cute!! They were running like crazy, jumping up and down and the farmer allowed us to come in; that was really nice. Some goats were so brutal that they tried to eat you(r scarf, jacket...) It kinda looked as if we were in the Alps with all the goats, cows and dogs.
When we were back at the taverna, where our cars were, we saw a puppy and we played with him for a while and the others made some pictures. The children of the taverna were watching us. When we got up to leave, one little boy came to us with a paper on which was written: "Do you want the buy the dog? It costs 20 euro." They wanted to sell the dog!
Finally, at 16.30 we left again because the cars had to be back at the rental service at 20.00. It wouldn’t be a problem to arrive there in time, according to the guys (again...). However, again reality turned out to be different; bad road signs, bad navigation, no listening to the girls. The car I was in had also to drop off John in some village in the middle of nowhere. And of course, John did not know where to go, so it took us an extra 30 minutes (of even longer). So we did not arrive in time.
It was an unforgettable trip ...
The churches we were allowed to visit on the boat trip
That's all the pictures for now, I have to put my own on the computer
(Thanks to Marie, I took some of here story ;-) )
Friday, March 09, 2007
And this is the list that I have chosen:
- "The Language of Documentary" from prof. Paschalidis
- "Interviewing" from prof. Valiouli
- "Talk, Interview and Discussion Programmes" from prof. Valiouli
- "Media Management" from prof. Tsourvakas (our coordinator as well)
- "Television and Entertainment" from prof. Banou
- "Globalization and the Arts" from prof. Baltzis
I know it is a lot, but I have decided to take 6 course, instead of 5, as I don't know which one I should leave out. If I take a couple of lessons, I have more insight in the courses and will make a better decision. And maybe I will keep all 6 of them, you'll never know...
As we could only choose out of 8 courses. The two courses that I did not take are "Electronic Mass Media Technology" as it is way too technical (I've heard). The other one is International Relations in the 21st Century. It seemed too political for me, and not attractive at all, so it was easy to leave that one out as well.
It's getting busy in this computer room, and warm, andpeople are smoking. I'm also done with what I wanted to do on the internet.
So I'm leaving this computer and will try the lunch at the University Resturant (I haven't tried that one yet, only dinner).
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
So we got a list with 8 courses from which we can choose. Not much, especially if you know that we have to do at least 5 courses, because the number of credits per course has changed. First it would be 6 credits per course, but now it is only 5 credits.
This week we have to send an e-mail to all the teachers who will give us these courses, and next week our school will finally start. If it is not possible to give lessons in 'our' building, they will look for an other place.
"We will, and have to find, a solution for everything"
Which is great, isn't it?
Last saturday we have seen the house of Ataturk, here in Thessaloniki. He was born here, so that's why his house is here. They made a museum of the house, but before we could enter it, we had to go by the Turkish embassy (I don't know how to write that). They were really nice, and one of them asked us where we came from. So we told them that we were from the Netherlands and our friends from France.
"Oh the Netherlands, yeah I've been there. In Deventer and Amsterdam"
Deventer? What would you do in Deventer when you go to the Netherlands?
So I've told him that I'm from Deventer too.
The museum itself was quite boring, there were a lot of pictures from Ataturk himself: With the prince of Sweden, with the king of Yugoslavia, etc. When we left the building, we received some books and a map op Istanbul. That was very nice, because it can be very useful when we are going to Istanbul. Which we will do, of course.
Yesterday we went to the beach (Chalkidiki/es, Kallithea), and it was really nice weather. I've been in the sun for a long time, in my bikini, so it was even hot enough for that. And I'm not burned! Which always happen the first couple of times when I go into the sun.
We have decided to go to the Prespa Lakes tomorrow, or in the weekend, as Marijn (a Dutch girl, who lives in Matsi as well) will have to start her classes tomorrow. Otherwise, we will go this weekend. We are going with 8 of 9 people, and we rent 2 cars, which is cheaper than buy a ticket for the bus.
The next time, I will put some pictures on the site again!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I woke up, looked outside, and this is what I saw: a beautiful blue sky.
Such a green view, and we were getting high so fast!
Having a drink in a cafe, with this view
MMhhhhh..... soo good
Walking up the long, long stairs.... But I made it! And I wasn't even out of breath
Little ruines on our way
Beautiful view, again. We had actually beautiful views all the time, climbing higher and higher, the view got better and better
Enjoying the sunset... at the end of an enervating day
AΛEΞANΔROS O MEΓAS: Alexander the Great. A statue of him on the boulevard of Thessaloniki
A piece of the boulevard of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki has such a long coastline, but the only thing you can see is boulevard. No beaches anywhere.