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…

Day 13

Met some new guys today from Senegal & Guinea today. Yay for the opportunity to practice our français before Calais. Our two friends from Senegal were economic migrants. Does starvation get you asylum? Doesn’t seem so in Greece. We asked our boy from Guinea why he came. “Ebola.” ISIS or Ebola? What’s worse? How do you rank cases?…

Day 12

rough stuff, tough stuff kinda day. lots of logistics. Thank God for cannolis & Aziz Ansari to lift our spirits. Lots of personal growth going on here. Hopefully not too much growth around our waistlines.   pray for us. pls.   em&and, over&out

Day 11

Fun fact of the day: octopus are tender because they’re repeatedly slapped against a rock. fun to watch not as fun to eat anymore If you get sunburned in the same area, three times, is it a third degree burn? oops. that sun though. Today we walked. and we walked. and we walked. We walked…

Day 10

Protest Day. Tea in hand at our favorite cafe, we heard the protest before we saw it. In the midst of recent internal incidents, Moria camp residents took to the streets of Mytilini. Marching down the main road by the port, refugees held up signs that read: “freedom,” “media plz help us,” “Moria is jail”…

Day 9

When push comes to shove, shove Emily in front of the angry, growling dog. andrea learned today that when vicious animals attack, her instinct is self-defense. A.K.A. push emily towards the snarling animal. don’t worry. em’s fine. Today we filmed an organization for their new promo. Their ability to help thousands is an inspiration, and we…

Day 8

Another day, another bus ride. We have got to learn some Greek. Glad we could figure out Aerodromio means airport, which is close to our stop. It was such a great day collecting stories & memories from three of the residents at Pikpa Camp: a father, a teacher, and a teen. #yaytranslators. Although all three…

Day 7

When in Greece do as the Grecians do. This does not include: running full force, gelato in hand, to what seems to be a parade. Note: funeral processions in Greece have peppy music. oops. Another rainy day in Lesvos. So, we decided to take refuge at our local fav, Damas. Two coffees to wait the…

Day 6

Our first rainy day on the island. But we figured out which bus to take to Kara Tepe Camp! Although we have no access into the camp, many refugees come & go regularly. So many “hellos” & “how are yous?” were exchanged today as we trucked on a rainy highway outside of the camp. We couldn’t…

Day 5

“Kalamari!” “It’s Kalimera” “oh.” Lessons learned on the trip: Andrea can’t speak Greek. Emily is the only one who can read a map. Burgers are better in Lesvos. Sorry Texas.   Today was a great day. Yay for positive reinforcement. Encouragement is always needed, even when you’re in your twenties and think you have it…