« Mais dans quel état j'erre ? » *
First step : build a shelf.
Second step : clean your room thanks to this new shelf.
(Third step : realize you need an other shelf. Fourth step : build a new shelf ?)
If my room is not cleaned, of course it's not my fault, I just need one more shelf ! Soooooo... I built it ! Not even big, just one for the desk, but it changes all, yes yes !
To explain better: during our european volunteeering, we have to develop a personal project. I decided to build useful things with reused wood ! I would like to find places close to the farm where we could find some reusable wood, but already in our place, we have quite a lot : palets or woodplanks used to receive machins, tools, material, needed in the farm !
Thus, after some time, I finished my shelf, first step of my personal project ! Slowly but surely ! I sawed the woodplanks, sanded them, and screwed together ! And then I cleaned my room. What is maybe a personal project for my whole life - with or without shelf ! No, I'm convinced that it will help me to keep my room cleaned : see you in some weeks (or days) to check !
Actually, the next step of my personal project is (not yet a second shelf, but) to renovate a « bridge » (made of a metal structure on which I will put wood planks), to cross a little river bed in the orchard, often muddy or slippery ! I have to clean, send and paint the metal structure ; and to send and screw the wood planks ! Then, we will probably burn the outside of the planks to protect the wood from bad weather, time passing, mouldiness and others enemies !
I learn at different levels doing my personal project : using different kind of tools – electric or not - indepedently ; learning to be more regular for more efficiency ; to understand what are my difficulties when I want to do something alone, and to try to go over them !
I am aware of doing little for the moment, but I hope I will improve and that what I do will grow gradually ! Zakaj ne ?
« A tree as great as a man's embrace springs from a small shoot;
A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet. » *
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 64
Nota bene about cleaning : Marie Kondo, in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, gives a lot of advices and ideas to improve cleaning in a meaningful way of life !
* Lame french word
Advice: reading listening "Gremo se kopat", just above ;)
After the online arrival training because of quaranteen, we finally met with volunteers of Slovenia and trainers, in Ankaran for two days of « real » arrival training ! With activities, beach, food, music, international friendly sharing on the program!
Then, we decided with Arnaud to discover the sloven coast walking. We starting the way on Friday evening with Simon and Lua, other volunteers met the day before, until Koper ! Nice weather, nice sea, nice environment. We had a picnic at the water's edge in Koper, where Lua and Simon had planned to sleep. We continued by night until Isola with Arnaud, to find a camping for the night ! Hopefully it's not so long !
After a good night, we walked again along the coast, sometimes up, sometimes down on the beach, with some breaks to enjoy the sun and the sea. We went until « Moonbay », where Lea (ESC trainer) and Freja (ESC volunteer) spent the day, and stayed with them until the end of the afternoon ! Then we continued our way until Strunjan (where we found fruits and vegetables on a farmer's stand next to the road), and Portorož, through the surprising pedestrian « Valeta tunnel » ! Like an highway for walkers and cyclists ! In Portorož by night, the atmosphere changed a bit for club music, fancy dresses, and almost private beaches ! We ate our « roadmade » salad front of the beautiful moony sea. Next step : the closer camping - so the one of Lucija.
Thus finished our first walking trip along the seaside.
On sunday morning, we discovered an other aspect of Portorož, more relax and family ambience. Then, we took a bus back, from Portoro to Koper, to meet Mateja and Žiga, who took us until the castle of Triesta !
Slovenija has a little but nice and diverse coast, and I can't wait to go next time until « Sečoveljske soline ». But this time, we had to travel until Portorož to understand a part of the soul of the sloven seaside <3
Photo montage and music by Louise