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Primeras palabras en Español, autoestop y Dori

Ena izmed nalog, ki so del mojega prostovoljnega dela tu v Cartageni, je tudi EVS dnevnik. Tega naj bi pisal približno enkrat mesečno. Prvih nekaj zapisov bo v angleščini, kasneje, ko se izboljšam v moji Španščini, pa upam, da bom lahko kaj napisal tudi v španskem jeziku.

Po mnenju moje mentorice je prišel čas za Španščino. Kvaliteto napisanega presodite sami :)

Vale, vamos!

Después de cuatro meses y poco puedo probar escribir mi primero blog en Español. Algunos de vosotros podría escuchar me hablar y tengo que agradecer por tu paciencia. :)

El mes pasado fue genial. En medio de mayo he ido a Irlanda para una semana. mi amigo y yo hemos viajado en mayoría del este de la isla. También he hecho muchos deportes. He aprendido a navegar en mar menor, he probado kayak en el mar, algunas veces he ido a escalar … En fin de mayo he ido a navegar por dos días. He ido con ANSE, asociación de naturalistas. Cuando hemos vuelto de Águilas en día segundo, hemos visto cuatro o cinco grupos del delfines.

Al principio de junio fuimos en Mollina, un pueblo cerca de Málaga. Teníamos un curso de evaluación para SVE. Allí he conocido mucho gente que trabaja en proyecto similar. He aprendido que mi proyecto es muy bueno o que soy un grande optimista. Trabajo cerca y en el mar es un trabajo muy chulo, de verdad.

Luego, en fin de semana he ido a  Andalucía un poco. Con una amiga hemos probado autoestop, pero la gente de Andalucia no están muy feliz de ayudar la gente en el borde de carretera. Si una vez ves un autoestopista, se mejor que Andaluces y por favor para el coche. Todo va estar bien, prometo. :)

En Cartagena he trabajado como antes. Trabajo en biblioteca de Santa Lucia, clases de Ingles para adultos y niños, trabajo en el puerto, … Antes fuimos a Málaga, hemos empezado reparar Joven Adoración – Dori, el barco de donde trabajamos durante de regata. Hemos lijando el pintura vieja y limpiar todo del barco. Luego hemos pintado todas del partes blancas. Partes rojos tenemos que reparar antes que vamos a pintar. En alunas semanas vamos a coger Dori y pintar también la parte de fuera.

Durante todas las regatas hay también por lo menos un voluntario que hace fotos. Estas fotos puedes ver en el perfil de asociación en Facebook.

Raising the mast

Ena izmed nalog, ki so del mojega prostovoljnega dela tu v Cartageni, je tudi EVS dnevnik. Tega naj bi pisal približno enkrat mesečno. Prvih nekaj zapisov bo v angleščini, kasneje, ko se izboljšam v moji Španščini, pa upam, da bom lahko kaj napisal tudi v španskem jeziku.

This year’s late spring is slowly getting in and with warm weather looming at the gate, the volunteers in this EVS project are getting new and different tasks.

As the sailing season is coming close, there are more and more tasks in the harbor, connected to the sea and boats. Some time ago, we took a boat called Cuncun out of the  watter to prepare it for the new season. We cleaned it’s underbelly scratch it well with sandpaper and re-painted it with a new coat of protective color. There was also some work on a boat called Colorines. An old motor boat, that was on dry land on my first visit to Los nietos is now in the watter looking as good as ever. There was a lot of work done by the volunteers from Cartagena, european volunteers helped just a couple of times. Some of the things that needed to be done were closing the propeller opening  (done on dry land as I mentioned on one of the previous posts), installing bowsprit (bauprés) in the front of the boat, preparing the mast with the pulley at the top, cleaning and painting the whole boat, adding anti-slippery sand  on the walking surfaces, making new tops for the hull openings and other things. Just yesterday we rose up the mast and fixed it firmly to the boat. With that the boat is sea-worthy and ready to go sailing what we plan to do today. I have to mention again, that most of the work here was too detailed, hard or complicated so unfortunaty we couldn’t help as much as I would like to.

We also started working in the social center. That work was mostly in the library and teaching English to children. We put our new designing skills to practice when we were asked to design posters. The first batch was for English classes and the second for the sailing course that will happen in the beginning of May.

We had another course in Spanish, these time the topic was photography. As documenting the summer boat races is be a part of our job, we need to know how to make good photos. The mentor in the class gave us some basic pointers about photography and how to be a bit better that average.

At the beginning of this week we went a bit out of town, where we stayed for most of the day. The purpose of the trip was to prepare the program and games for the summer school for kids that live in Santa Lucia and Cartagena. There will be two summer schools, each lasting a week. Together with the kids we will learn about the sea and the effects that humans have on it.

We spend a lot of our time also on Spanish classes that have been delivered by our mentor Carmen since our stay here began. We are slowly building up our Spanish vocabulary and slowly starting to communicate a couple of sentences in Spanish.

Six weeks: The taste of sea and fire

I’m now in Cartagena for 6 weeks and slowly I’m getting to know the city, the organization and the people here. The last few week are getting busier and busier and I am getting the basic idea of how will the work in summer look like.

During these weeks I’ve been embarking on several missions. In the port I’ve been helping Viktor to repair and renew his love – Annamarie. I was filling the cracks in the wood with the putty (masilla) around the boat and Viktor was polishing the old paint of, so the boat can be fixed with the new protective coating. After the working sessions we usually went out for a beer. On one of these occasions I met mister Agustin that is currently in Cartagena, but lives in Lanzarote, Canary islands. He expressed a wish to have a volunteer also in his organization. Before I got this EVS confirmed, I was planning to go to Canaries with the help of a website that connects volunteers and organizations that need them – So I was happy to send him a link to the page. Through it he’ll hopefully find some people that might be able to help him. If not I just might go there for a month or so after my work here is done.We also started the work in the library in the social center of Santa Lucia. Our first task were to start cataloging the donated books to the database so we’ll later be able to lend them out to people. We also started with the scheduled opening hours for the library. The library will be opened every weekday except Monday day after 4pm.
We also had two courses. The first one was held by Gines and the topic was graphical design and the tools for it. We learned about Indesign and Photoshop, about some basic design ideas and other thinks one should be careful about when designing a poster or a similar material. The other course was about sailing and lateen sail boats. I’ve already written about this course, so I won’t go into details here.  Even though both courses were in Spanish, I managed to pick up some new information and I’m happy that I participated on them.In the last weekend I did my first escape from Cartagena. I aimed for Valencia, where I wanted to check out the festival Las Fallas. Valencia is a nice city and I’m happy that I saw the hassle of the festival like Fallas. However I might want to go back there when the cruds of crazy people go somewhere else.The day after I came back, we went for a sailing trip with schooner type boat (golleta). The wind was low and the sea was just a bit wavy, but it was smooth sail. Unfortunatly we weren’t able to turn the engine of, because it can be moody and not start again. We didn’t want to stay out of the port, so we didn’t risk it. I hear that there will be plenty of more opportunities  to sail in silence.

Lateen sail sailing course

Ena izmed nalog, ki so del mojega prostovoljnega dela tu v Cartageni, je tudi EVS dnevnik. Tega naj bi pisal približno enkrat mesečno. Prvih nekaj zapisov bo v angleščini, kasneje, ko se izboljšam v moji Španščini, pa upam, da bom lahko kaj napisal tudi v španskem jeziku.

This weekend Association de amigos de vela latina organized a introductory sailing course for the interested public and us, the volunteers working in the organization.

The course started on Friday evening. We were first introduced with the presentation about what the lateen sail is, where it originates from and how it developed. We briefly skimped across the history of lateen sails and their importantce in Catragena. After the introductory presentation, we took a walk into the haurbour where the association has their sailing boats stored or moored. We took a look at the different boats, the 21 palm sized, that are used for the summer regattas, and the bigger, 42 pals long sailing boats. We also mentioned that the organization is hard at work renewing some of the boats that used to be lateen sail boats before they were changed into the motor boats. After many years of using the boat as a motor boat, the owners decided to change it back to the sailing-type boat. The association is a great help with organizing and helping out with the the renewal. After the visit to the marina, we went back to the community center in Santa Lucia, where we continued our theory part of the course. We had the introduction to the techniques of sailing, the parts of the boat and the expressions used in sailing. We were also shown a couple of the basic knots that are useful for mooring the boat or other occasions.

On Saturday morning we drove to Mar menor, where the association has some more boats moored. The idea was to have the first day of sailing and then to repeat the sailing a day after. when we came there, however, it became obvious, that the weather will not be good enough to go to the sea. The wind was too strong at about 10 knots and there was  a high chance of rain. However, all the members of the course came and we did have a session with all of them. We went to the boat with which we were supposed to sail, and prepared it as if we would go for a real sail. The lateen boat requires even more preparation than a traditional sailing boat and the setup at the beginning is just as important as the knowledge about how to act in the sea. We were shown how to properly set up the sail, how, where and why to tie the ropes, how to raise up the sail and how to maneuver the boat. The whole operation actually lasts longer that I imagined and the additional explanation made it even longer. We did some dry runs and at the end we tidied the boat and put everything back to its place.

On Sunday, the third day of the course, we finally made it to the sea. The weather was looking promising, the wind was good for a beginner’s course and there was even a bit of sunshine. We have setup the boat as we learned the day before, put on the life jackets and were dragged out of marina by one of the marina staff and her orange motor boat. The wind was blowing from north-east and since we had the lateen sail on the starboard side of the boat (es.: estribor), we first sailed in a non-optimal way. One of the drawbacks of the lateen sail is that it’s not equally efficient if the wind is blowing from the port as opposed to starboard side. Depending on how you setup the sail in the beginning one of this sides will be the “bad sailing” (es.: navegar a la mala). with this technique, we sailed about half way to the biggest island in Mar menor, called Barón. Then it was time to turn. Because of the low wind, we had some troubles. The mood in the boat got a little bit tense, when it started lightly raining. But after about 10 minutes and two or three failed attempts, we finally managed. On the way back, we were using the whole potential of the sail, so we theoretically cached more wind power. After some smooth sailing, we came close to the marina. We called the lady that took us out of the marina, to come get us again, but she wasn’t answering the phone. As the rain stopped and we had time, we decided to do another zig-zag to come closer to the marina. The two turns that we had to do, went much smoother than the first one. In a coupe of minutes we were close to the gate. Now also our tow-boat-lady answered her phone and came to get us. We were on solid land in a matter of minutes. After disassembling the boat, we went for a beer and finished up the nice day.

The sailing course was nice despite a few nervous moments. The fact that it was solely in Spanish was a bit of an annoyance for me, because I picked-up less that I’d be able to if it’d be in English. However, I can understand that the paying participants have priority. Anyway, it was nice and I did learn some basics. Hopefully, during my stay here, I’ll have many more opportunities to learn about sailing (and other activities for that matter).

I was advised not to take the camera on board, so sadly, I don’t have the photos of the sailing itself.

Settling in, going to school and painting a boat

Ena izmed nalog, ki so del mojega prostovoljnega dela tu v Cartageni, je tudi EVS dnevnik. Tega naj bi pisal približno enkrat mesečno. Prvih nekaj zapisov bo v angleščini, kasneje, ko se izboljšam v moji Španščini, pa upam, da bom lahko kaj napisal tudi v španskem jeziku.

Tu je torej prvi od teh zapisov:

First week on my EVS was comfortably slow. I arrived to Cartagena on Sunday, 8th of February, late in the evening. I met one of my co-volunteers, as the second was not yet in the city. I settled into my new room and than we went out to see the city and have our first caña y tapas.

The day after my second coworker arrived. During the week we got familiar with the neighborhood that we live in, learned a little bit about Amigos de la Vela Latina, the organization that we’ll be working for and had a tour of the city.

We also had our first working experiences within the project. On Wednesday afternoon we drove to Los nientos, where our organization has some of it’s boats moored. One of them is an old fishing boat that was donated to the organization. It used to be a motor boat, but now it’s being renovated and turned into a lateen sail boat by the members of the organization. The plan is to go north with it sometime in the early spring, so it has to be ready by then. This requires some basic maintenance, like painting all parts of the boat, but also some more serious modifications. The opening where the propeller used to be has to be closed, the keel has to be lowered and strengthened, the motor and the opening that it sat in has to be closed, the mast has to be prepared and set in place … The volunteers were working on the simpler part of the operation. We had to paint the mast, the boom, the rudder and some other parts. As the whole boat is made from wood, protection against strong sun and salty watter is crucial.

On Friday, we got the second taste of our work here. We went to a local school, where we had presentations of our home countries to the kids studying there. The school is in poorer part of the city, so some of the kids there don’t have as many opportunities as the rest of us. They might not be able to afford to travel around and meet people from other nations, so this was one of the rare opportunities for them to hear about our countries directly from their citizens. It was very lovely when one of the girls came to us after presentation. She told us that she moved here from Ukraine and was thrilled about listening about our countries. This kind of feedback was a great reward for the hours spend preparing the talk.