Day 25

Woah! Last blog post! Getting proposed to, yet again, was the perfect way to end our last day in the Jungle. Too bad he just wanted a green card. haha. To keep it short and keep you amused, our big takeaway was that the refugee crisis is just sucky. yup. there’s no other way to…

Day 24

Fifth day in the Jungle. So what’s life really like in the camp? rats separation of men and women&children prostitution heroin addiction smugglers more rats fires violence and more rats There are amazing people in the camp, and we’ve heard through them about the problems they’ve seen and things they’ve heard. It’s not something most…

Day 23

Patiently waited for our clothes to dry this morning. Even tried using hair dryers and radiators. Definitely took longer than expected. Slightly damp, we headed to the Jungle knowing we’d only have a couple hours before having to come home for a conference call. Little did we know those two hours would be so powerful….

Day 22

“As-salamu ʿalaykum” Muslim greeting in Arabic that means “Peace be upon you” Happy first day of Ramadan! The lively Jungle we’ve come to know in the last two days was quiet this morning as most of the residents spent the day sleeping and praying. The majority of the residents are Muslim and celebrating Ramadan, abstaining…

Day 21

Mass, Jungle, beach oh my! Glad we found a church to go to to keep us grounded. Post-church, em made us some sandwiches and even cut us an apple. thxs ma. We made it to the Jungle around 2:30 P.M. today and thought we’d only stay for a little while. Didn’t make it home until…

Day 20

“Welcome to the Jungle.” Today was our first day in the biggest refugee slum in Europe: the Jungle. Thousands of residents muddled together from all over the world. Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Eritrea, just to name a few. Imagine living in a muddy tent under cold rain, next to porta-potties. It’s amazing how people with…

Day 19

Bonjour from Calais! It’s cold. It’s wet. And it’s definitely not Greece, but we love it! We spent the day getting to know our new little town full of bakeries and cafes. So french! Post-chocolate croissants, eclairs, & macaroons, we bought our groceries for the week in preparation for our exciting new project in the…

Day 18

Travel day. A ferry. A bus. A plane. An uber. Another bus. And a ride from Antoine. 30 hours later, Mama, we made it to Calais, France. Shoutout to the rail-strikes and the flooding in Paris for making travel nearly impossible. Note: travel stress really brings out the best in people Emily gets really hangry…

Day 17

Leaving Lesvos… bittersweet. Today was the perfect day. This morning we felt ready to leave for a new adventure, excited for the Jungle (the largest refugee slum in the E.U.)  Now we’re on our overnight ferry to Athens staring back at our lovely Lesvos, kinda wishing we could stay a little longer post our afternoon….

Day 16

Note: ask for portion sizes. you might end up getting 6 servings worth per person. oops. mmm pasta. Got our bags!!! Our boy Shaheb (19 year old Pakistani refugee who makes bags out of used refugee life jackets) came in clutch. Super excited to be sporting our new gear & supporting our friend. Post our…

Day 15

Blister bliss. Fun day trying to pick out some music for our documentary. Forgot copyrights was a thing. Darn it, Adele. “How much o’clock is it?” – anonymous habibti Today we met two mothers with each of their two kids. One of the little girls asked us what time it was and started up a sweet…

Day 14

Two weeks today since we’ve embarked on our journey to document the European Refugee Crisis. A few things we’ve learned so far: knowing Arabic or Kurdish or Turkish or any Middle Eastern dialect would have been pretty beneficial broken politics, broken world no one really knows everything that’s going on some days you feel helpless … others…