#37 Reminiscing PB88: Piraeus (Port 8)

What is Peace Boat?

(Oh gosh I have more or less 3 weeks to finish the rest of the ports before I embark on my second voyage, the 93rd! This time I’ll be doing mostly Chinese-Japanese interpreting)

Yassou! (Hello in Greek)

  • Date: 2015/9/28
  • Port Name: Piraeus
  • Country: Greece
  • First time there?: Yes!
  • What did I do?: Interpreted for a tour to sanctuary for alternative, communal living with practices like cooking and eating natural foods, thai massage, yoga, and meditation. I CHOSE IT AS MY FIRST PREFERENCE for this port and my boss gave it to me as a ‘belated birthday present’ :DDDD Love you Matt ❤

The place we went to is called Sunshine House and it was about 1 hour away by bus from the port, so on the way to the house our guide for the day shared her life story and how she ended up working in this retreat house that promotes an alternative lifestyle centred around yoga, thai massage, local food, holistic well being, etc. You can pay for courses but I also remember meeting some international volunteers who were there for different periods of time, probably working in exchange for accommodation.

I had to interpret for a cooking session, then later a session making infusion oil. We had this feast of wholesome Greek food↓. Too bad we didn’t get the written recipes but I remember everything was doused with olive oil then put in the oven. I had to repeat that over and over for almost all the savoury dishes haha.

Greek salad!!

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Greek dip

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Greek yogurt for dessert!

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This was what it looked like after everything came out from the oven.

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This was what I had. Roasted pumpkin, roasted brinjal, some rice, roasted fish, Greek salad, Greek dip. OMG YUM. I miss it. And we even got to bring the clay bowl home.

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This is what the compound looked like. My photography skills suck but you can see hammocks and a huge trampoline on the right. There was also an area for growing herbs, lemon trees and orange trees. In another building, they were having a yoga session and I was supposed to switch with my colleague after interpreting for one cooking session but as my Japanese was better I was told to literally “stay in the kitchen” to continue interpreting lol. Argh.

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Postcard back home:
I chose these because although I was near Athens, I couldn’t go see the Acropolis so I thought I didn’t deserve to send a more typical postcard with pictures of the Parthenon.

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Postcard for le bf:

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Next port: Venice!

#36 UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 5 languages just for fun

Adopted on September 25, 2015
Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Matlamat Pembangunan Lestari Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu
聯合國永續發展目標
国連の持続可能な開発目標

1.
Pas de pauvreté
No poverty
Tanpa Kemiskinan
消除貧窮
貧困を無くそう

2.
Faim <zero>
Zero hunger
Tanpa kelaparan
消除飢餓
飢餓をゼロに

3.
Bonne santé et bien-être 
Good health and well-being
Kesihatan yang baik dan kesejahteraan
健康與福祉
すべての人の健康と福祉を

4.
Education de qualité
Quality education
Pendidikan berkualiti
教育品質
質の高い教育をみんなに

5.
Egalité entre les sexes
Gender equality
Kesaksamaan gender
性別平等
ジェンダー平等を実現しよう

6.
Eau propre et assainissement

Clean water and sanitation
Air bersih dan sanitasi
淨水與衛生
安全な水とトイレをみんなに

7.
Energie propre et d’un cout abordable

Affordable and clean energy
Energi bersih dan mampu dimiliki
可負擔能源
エネルギーをみんなにそしてクリーンに

8.
Travail decent et croissance économique

Decent work and economic growth
Pertumbuhan ekonomi dan pekerjaan yang layak
就業與經濟成長
働きがいも経済成長も

9.
Industrie, innovation, et infrastructure

Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
Industri, Inovasi dan Infrastruktur
工業,創新,基礎建設
産業と革新の基盤をつくろう

10.
Inégalités réduites 

Reduced inequalities
Mengurangi ketidaksamaan
減少不平等
人や国の不平等をなくそう

11.
Villes et communautés durables

Sustainable cities and communities
Bandar-bandar dan masyarakat yang mampan
永續的城市
住み続けられるまちづくりを

12.
Consommation et production responsables

Responsible consumption and production
Penggunaan dan pengeluaran bertanggungjawab
責任消費與生產
つくる責任つかう責任

13.
Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques

Climate action
Tindakan iklim
氣候行動
気候変動に具体的な対策を

14.
Vie aquatique

Life below water
Kehidupan bawah laut
海洋生態
海の豊かさを守ろう

15.
Vie terrestre

Life on land
Kehidupan darat
陸地生態
陸の豊かさも守ろう

16.
Paix, justice, et institutions efficaces

Peace, justice, and strong institutions
Institusi Peradilan yang Kuat dan Kedamaian
和平與正義制度
平和と公正をすべての人に

17.
Partenariats pour la realisation des objectifs 

Partnerships for the goals
Perkongsian untuk mencapai matlamat
全球夥伴
パートナーシップで目標を達成しよう

#35 Reminiscing PB88: Birthday in Kusadasi (Port 7)

What is Peace Boat?

Merhaba! (Hello in Turkish)

  • Date: 2015/9/27
  • Port Name: Kusadasi
  • Country: Turkey
  • First time there?: Yes!
  • What did I do?: Free day! But both roomie and I were sick so we decided to just take a leisurely stroll around the port, including an impromptu visit to the hair salon for a cheap haircut. I can’t remember how much it cost (maybe 5€?) but it was definitely a fraction of the price for a haircut on the boat.

So all of us CCs (interpreters) got a day off and while most of my colleagues took the opportunity to head to Ephesus by bus to see the ancient ruins, I didn’t have the energy to do that because I got sick from the tomato balls I had the day before at the previous port, Santorini. As Lucia was sick, too, we decided to just have a chill day near the port.

Upon getting off the boat, we were greeted by a massive luxury cruise ship. It’s like three times larger than the Peace Boat, dwarfing it in terms of size and opulence. But I bet it can’t go through the canals!!

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Here’s us at a cafe beside the port (pre-haircut). When the waiter heard that it was my birthday, he gave us a free slice of cake! 🙂 I remember I enjoyed it despite the risk of it further deteriorating my already sensitive digestive system lol.

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And across the bay (Aegean Sea) we could see the Güvercinada Castle. According to Wikipedia, it dates back to 1242, but the castle was built in the 16th century. You can’t see it from this picture, but it’s actually an island with the fortifications following the perimeter of the island and connected to the mainland by a causeway. It was supposedly built to defend against attacks from the Greeks.

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It was so close but we didn’t visit it lol. Weak stomachs… no energy to walk…  Can’t get too far from a toilet… This is one of the stressful aspects of working on Peace Boat, out of the 3.5 months, you can count on getting sick at least once. I think none of my team members were healthy the whole voyage, each of us would’ve gotten sick at least once.

At the town center (post-haircut). Quite touristy and I remember seeing some people selling those sticky Turkish ice creams… and not much other memories, to be honest. It was just a nice day hanging out with L and bumping in to colleagues and other participants.

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Postcard back home & for le bf (here you can see the Güvercinada Castle island more properly):

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Next port: Piraeus, Greece!