As my time in Greece is ending (for now) I realize that since November I keep promising people that I will write about how I have been feeling the last couple of months but I never actually did it. I have often tried to share some thoughts but I couldn’t express my feelings. I remember… Continue reading Working with refugees in Greece
Two days after I arrived in Greece, Chios to be exact, there was a black and white flyer under my door. It was written in Greek and I had a feeling it was from the ‘Golden Dawn’, the far-right fascist political party here. The flyer was about a gathering they had nearby, I kind of… Continue reading Take the far-right movements seriously but don’t normalize their ideology
If you go on Wikipedia’s ‘List of mountains and hills in The Netherlands‘ it becomes evident how flat this country is. There are three mountains/hills listed on it and two of those are in the Carribean Netherlands! Which is not really around the corner for me. For this reason, I always go completely crazy when I see mountains. I… Continue reading Tajikistan part 3: The marvelous mountains from Dushanbe to Panjakent
One lovely day we were driving through the streets of Dushanbe (this rhymes!) and I saw a sign promoting a concert of Sadriddin & Ghazaal Enayat. I was mostly interested in Sadriddin, because this was a concert in his own country. I wanted to see how he will perform, how the audience will react to him and the… Continue reading Tajikistan part 2: Sadriddin live in Dushanbe!
When your mother tells you that she is invited to attend a conference in Tajikistan during Nowruz you don’t care about your savings and spend them on a ticket so you can join her. At least that’s how my brain works and what I did last week. I haven’t regretted it at all! I will… Continue reading Tajikistan part 1: Nowruz/Navruz festivities
I can’t stop listening to this lovely medly by ‘Strings for Humanity’. It’s so soothing for the soul. Christmas carols like you haven’t heard them before! Played on the mandolin, esraj and rabaab by a sufi group. The video is part of an advertisement by the Indian broadcasting company ‘Tata Sky’ to spread a positive message… Continue reading Christmas carols played on the mandolin, esraj and rabaab by the sufi group ‘Strings for Humanity’
Yesterday my heart was filled with warmth and positivity after watching the video of a father comforting his son after the Paris attacks and making him feel safe again when he expressed his fear of the bad guys with guns. His father responded that they might have guns but we have flowers and was able… Continue reading From the fear of one child to the reality of another