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…

Day 4

long day.   Lots of meetings, sorting, & jet lag. (oops, forgot about that one). What do you get when you put UNHCR, ERCI (Emergency Response Centre International), Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Caritas, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, MercyCorps, Oxfam, Euro Relief, & United Rescue Aid together? An Inter-Agency Consultation Forum (ooo fancy). Yup. We…

Day 3

12 hours later & we’ve made it to Mytilini, Lesvos. No amount of Google research could have prepared for us today. It was undoubtedly the most overwhelming day of our lives. The refugee crisis became a lot more real when we met the refugees themselves. After settling into our cozy stone abode overlooking the Aegean Sea,…

Day 2

Γειά σου (hi in Greek) Here’s our step-by-step guide to kill 10 hours in Athens Don’t leave your backpack in an Athenian metro station luggage locker. They’re all out of order. All of them. Go all the way back to your hotel to leave your luggage with the sketchy bellhop. Does Aggie Honor Code work in…