Kalamata is B-E-A-Utiful!

Sorry I’ve been absent for the last couple weeks, I’ve had a lot on my mind and not a lot of things to write about.

I found out that we will get our essay topics at the end of next week, and that Christmas break is a month long (so we can work on our essays… and not go travel around. Who would even consider that??????).

Needless to say I want to go somewhere, or see more of Greece for Christmas break, so you will hopefully get some pictures that aren’t of Kalamata in the near future.

But instead I went on a walk today so you get these. It’s this really cool park in the center strip of the town that has old trains. Which probably means this was the old train station. It stands to follow really.

I went to Jumbo (think Walmart) and tried to find some measuring spoons. I’m 95% convinced they don’t have them here. Also I can’t seem to find vanilla extract and all I want to do is bake some cookies…

After Jumbo I walked out onto the big pier and looked around, I found some pretty algae so I took a picture of it for my mom. It’s pink, and with the teal water it is a fun contrast with which I murdered the actual contrast because I’m still learning how to take pictures.

Basically I went on a 5 mile walk and found some really cool things to look at. These might not be mountains (my personal favorite) but they are still pretty good.

Anyways, if anyone has a great cookie recipe that calls for baking powder let me know!

Best,
Patrick

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Halloween

Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve when the witches, warlocks, and demons fly. Where we give candy out to children in the hopes that they aren’t demons sent to play a trick on us and steal our souls.

It is the one night a year that I should be afraid of the dark, where I should stay home and lock the doors and keep all evil away. Yet, as a culture we are drawn to that day. The parties, costumes, and ideas draw us out and allow us to walk a different path.

Halloween makes every dark uncertain path seem beautiful and mystical.

It makes abandoned buildings that are chained up more open than a Walmart.

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(This statue is behind locked doors in the city center.)

It makes hanging out with friends that much better.

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We decided that we needed to celebrate Halloween in Greece. They don’t normally celebrate it but Greeks do love to party. I joined two of my classmates (Michelle and Paige) at this store called Jumbo. Think of it as a Walmart and you won’t be far off, it is basically a wonderland for creativity. In Jumbo we bought the supplies to make Halloween a reality. Michelle made amazing gift bags for everyone, I took the easy way out and gave out mini candy bars.

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Costumes took a bit of work. But in the end, it was worth it.

After we finally got to (the bar). The only place that has a Halloween theme or event in all of Kalamata. The night seemed to take off! First off I got complimented by a ton of people (instead of just stares), then I knew 99% of the music that was played, and the owner came out and gave us all free shots! Naturally I didn’t drink mine, but I really appreciated the gesture. I also got invited behind the bar with my friend Michelle and took a picture with one of the bartenders.

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I stayed up way later than normal and will probably have a headache for a few days but it was definitely worth it!

Best wishes,
Patrick

Ohi Day

This last Sunday I got to go to a parade. It is called the Ohi Day parades.

Basically it was when Greece thumbed their nose at the Italians/Germans in World War 2.

It was pretty cool, but basically this post is just going to be pictures. I didn’t take pictures of the school children marching, but I did try to get a lot of pictures of the historic outfits.

Enjoy.

 

I wanted to take some video but apparently I can’t upload those here. Basically I’m just giving you a little something while I get more excited with my Halloween post.

Best wishes,
Patrick

The illustrious non-career in Film

As I try to convince every person I know… I HATE BEING IN FRONT OF CAMERAS, I hate pictures, I have a deep distrust of mirrors, and quite frankly I have issues jumping from rocks into water. Needless to say I’m essentially the reverse egotist.

But this hasn’t stopped me from appear in random newspaper clippings, new broadcasts, and films. As much as I hate seeing myself, I will always help a friend in need.

So let us begin this adventure together…

I was born in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. According to my family I have always been quiet and funny. I would disagree with the funny portion because I was there while they were laughing but have no idea what I was doing. This isn’t to say they are wrong, it is just to say that I can’t prove it. My mom also says I used to sneeze and cough like a cartoon character, so there is that. None of this is actually important to the story, I just had to start somewhere.

I attended a pre-school program at Hyde Creek Leisure Center, while my mom worked for a library. This might be why I like to repair books and why I studied Recreation Management, it also might not be a reason at all just an incredible coincidence. At this program I ran away from a girl who wanted to sit next to me, I played a lot, ate a lot of cheese sandwiches (with mayo), and participated in art programs.

The thing about Rec Programs in cities is that they are always inviting the local newspapers, film crews, EVERYONE to their programs and events. I don’t blame them, and if you haven’t gone to see Provo Rec’s offers go, you won’t be disappointed. Now on this particular day we were working with clay, we got free range to make anything we wanted and then we painted it with a glaze and they fired it and gave it to us the next week. I had my heart set on a cave due to an earlier incident with a bear (it’s my excuse right now, honestly I don’t remember so let’s go with it). While I was working on my cave (caves are hard, I was 4-ish) a photographer for the local paper came into OUR class. Naturally we had a guest so everyone got super annoying and wanted their picture taken. I… I really did not, and really just wanted him to go away so I did what I do best. I focused. I worked diligently on my cave making sure it was just the right earthy brown (lots of green, some black, and a healthy amount of brown) the photographer came over and took a picture of ME! OF ME! I really and truly just wanted him to go away, but nooooooooo… It had to be me. I think people were jealous but I didn’t care. I had a cave.

This was incident 1.

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I really need to do some work preserving this newspaper clipping…

Incident 2.

I used to volunteer a ton with Provo City Parks Department, and then some stuff happened and I stopped. It is a personal choice, I highly recommend volunteering with them and seeing all the joy people have. I also played the Easter Bunny one year and was in like a million photos… I smiled for every, single, one. Just because I hate photos doesn’t mean that each and every kid doesn’t deserve to have an Easter bunny photo where the body language is happy. I’m not THAT mean.

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(fun fact about this picture. A friend shared a picture of their friend’s kids on the Easter bunny… Turns out I was the bunny!)

Anyways, I used to be the sheriff for the Provo Pioneer day festivals, usually because I would go borrow clothes from my amazing friend Becky and I would look so much like a sheriff it was crazy! One year the news came around and interviewed me while doing coverage of that event. I don’t remember the year, I don’t have a clip… I’m not the one who wants to see me! But it was the local news and it would have been shown on Channel 7 or 11 if someone wants to try and track it down..

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Incident 3.

I went up to watch the AVP Sand Volleyball tournament up in Salt Lake City with my friend Cody and Isa. Isa talked Cody and me into doing a halftime game in the middle of the Kerri Walsh set. So we naturally agreed, though it did take some convincing… But there we were, in the middle of this court, dressed up as giant feet. I resoundingly lost. I’m not bitter. Not at all. Anyways we got interviewed there.

Incident 4.

Tuesday. 23 October 2018.

I’m in school in Kalamata, in Greece. There is no way any of my film connections are here. If they are and didn’t contact me to just meet up or something I’d be a little sad, but not offended, because I like seeing my friends. Anyways. I was in my class it was our 4th class of Archaeometry 2 and we were going over samples and studies actually done using XRF technologies specifically looking at the use of P-XRF which is really cool! And our director, Dr. Zacharias comes in and steals our teacher to go interview with the national news. No biggie we just got to have an extended 20 minute break to try and process the physics.

Next our director comes back in and steals one of my classmates to talk about herself and the program, this is a logical choice because she just did a wonderful paper on drinking vessels and presented the paper at the 5th ARCH_RNT Archaeological Research & New Technologies conference that was held in Kalamata on the 4-5 of October.

He came back again… a third time. A third choice… And he asked me if I was willing to interview with the NATIONAL NEWS. I said I would. I can understand the reasoning behind the choice (it shows off a female and male student, a native and that the school has an appeal to non native students) so I did say yes. It’s just kind of a thing… If you ask me to do something I will usually say yes unless it will cause me harm or I need to recharge.

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If you want to know what I asked it was pretty simple:

  1. Why did you come here? It looked like the most encompassing program
  2. Do you like Greece? YES!
  3. What do you think of the program? Love it
  4. What do you think of the facilities? Love them
  5. Would you stay here if you could? Yes! Though there are less opportunities for Paper conservators here.

So there. I have been in the news a lot… Sometime I might try and remember all the times I’ve been an extra, but I just do the extra work because I will always help out a friend in need.

Anyways I hope you have a great day!
Patrick

What am I doing in Greece?

So everyone seems to know what I am doing in Greece, but you might be wondering why I am not taking pictures of fun adventures and things of that nature.

I’m not here for vacation, play, or anything like that. I am here for school.

I am attending the University of Peloponnese in Kalamata studying Cultural Heritage Materials and Technologies. In short I am furthering my education in Conservation though I am increasing the science/technical base instead of the physical aspect of doing the repair treatments.

This semester is quite difficult and right now I am learning about different techniques to determine the provenance of an object (basically where it comes from, and looking at how the materials are moving around the world before they become a finished object). So in the last few days I’ve learned a bit about XRD, LIBS, Raman and SEM. We use these tools (X-ray machines, Electron Scanning Microscopes, Lasers) to look at the chemical structures of the objects we are trying to conserve so we can better know what treatments will be most effective for the object, and to know the absolute age of the object and its history.

I absolutely love what we are learning even though a lot of it is going over my head. I am getting better at looking at graphs and being able to make conclusions from them. Not only that but also using the correct words to describe what I am seeing because they matter.

Soon I’ll get to go to some cool places, but for now I’m a homebody… Studying and truly exploring Kalamata, my home away from home.

If it helps I’m also trying to get good at conversational Greek so life gets hectic.

Best wishes for your day and your upcoming weekend.
Patrick

Two weeks

You give two weeks notice before you quit a job as a courtesy to your employer so that they can get you to hand off your projects and other tasks to someone else.

Well everyone I’ve been in Greece for two weeks and a few things have happened.
1. I moved into my apartment
2. I started school

So I guess it is real now. America had my two weeks, now I live in Greece.

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As I sit at this desk I wanted to show you around the new apartment. I needed two bedrooms to be able to have friends and family to come visit me. So if you needed an invitation here it is: Come visit!

From here we move into the entry way:

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From here we move into the living room

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Plenty of room to relax and talk while enjoying the breeze!
From here we’ll move onto the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

I absolutely love this kitchen and love that I still have the chance to cook and explore recipes. Hopefully soon I’ll start learning some Greek recipes so that when I come home people will get to taste Greek.

I have started to study and absolutely love learning about clay’s, metals, glass, paper, and history. I am still worried about using the instruments to get data that I then have to interrupt but they will teach me and I will succeed!

The most important thing I have learned so far is that Greek people are so friendly, nice, and loud. Everyone should become more Greek, I have met a lot of people around the world and out of all the European’s I have met I have found the Greek people to be the most open, friendly, caring, cool, beautiful, wonderful people. They readily switch to English for me and I just hope I’ll be able to hold conversations in Greek soon (maybe in 3-4 months)! If I could stay in Greece forever I would very much consider it, who knows what this year will bring but I know that I’ll have friends for life.

I’m not sure what my next adventure here will be, but if you’d like to be a part of it I will always have a room for you.

-Patrick

In which I explored a Castle

On Thursday 4 October 2018 I was invited to attend the 5th ARCH_RNT Archaeological Research and New Technologies but that didn’t start until 5 p.m.

I’m really not good at waiting I get too much nervous energy and it makes me need to move and do something. Anything. Literally why I don’t date much I just don’t like the buzz of energy I get hours before the date. This is neither here nor there, just a side note…

Anyways, I decided I’d walk up to the Castle of Kalmata because I could see it from my AirBnB and thought “Hey cool! Old. Castle. Walking!” So I went. Walking there got kind of crazy as I just picked roads at relative randomness until i could reach the Castle. One of the roads had some dogs guarding their home and well they were sitting at head level on the wall next to the road. I didn’t notice them, they noticed me, I admittedly jumped. Fun times were had.

After I explored the Castle I walked back down to the beach and just stared at the water for a good 30 minutes, hopefully this week I’ll actually get into it while the sun is still warm.

The conference was really good though way above my head because I’ve never dealt with ESM or Electronic Scanning Microscopy

I promise I’m having fun and that I am alive! If you want to come visit please do, I really like this place.
-Patrick