The Green light team was able to manage a trip to the lagoon of Venice. We were supposed to be 20 people. In the end 9 have shown up.. of course at first I thought to myself, what a pity.. but when I saw the boat, it seemed so small to me, that I thanked god, that we were not many people.
Obviously it was for none of us the first time on a boat, but it was definitely the first time for everyone, who was from Green light, to get to know the Venetian lagoon like this.
It is not only important to understand, where the participants come from. It is also important for the participants to understand, where they are now.
If you are not in Venice, because you are a tourist travelling to this extraordinary place to explore this city built on water, then you would not necessarily understand how significant the city you live in is. Additionally resources must exist that you can go out and see the famous places.
Therfore the boat-trip through the lagoon was a great opportunity to get to know historical sites of Venice.
Our first stop led us to the island of Sant' Andrea, where the so-called Lazzaretto Nuovo is situated. The island of Sant' Andrea was used as a quarantene station during the Plague, that killed millions of people throughout Europe.
When a ship was suspected to have sick people on board it was led to Sant' Andrea, where they had to live for one month. If they would survive, they would be allowed to leave the island. Today the quarantine station is both museum and exhibition space.
Also a video was shown, which summarized the background of the plague in a format of digestable 20 minutes.
Odile and Adams could not understand anything, because they only understand French. Diana and me, we speak basic French. None of us good enough to be able to translate complex contents. Still I hope they could take some knowledge along...
I remember Zubaida saying, that she just realized, how little she knows about (European) history, while I was thinking to myself, how little I know about infectious diseases...
Our second stop led us to our lunch in the island of Sant"Erasmo. Maravegio to be more specific.
Maravegio was full of suprises. We were welcomed by two young men, who obviously work on the very island, that is an agricultural center point. Sant"Erasmo and the arable land of the island provide Venice with vegetables. Tibero, environmental engineer and basically a co-architect of the Venetian lagoon tries to maintain the nature of the lagoon. Therefore he works as a consultant and delivers ideas on how to avoid industrial or chemical additives on land and in water.
In fact he connected relatively fast with Iyoreh, Zubaida, Philipp and Lucky. Each of them were in the past somehow associated with agriculture.
Since I am surrounded by so many people from Non-European countries it attracted my attention, how they approach food differently and with more intution than I am used to see it here in Europe. Whether they spent most of their lifetime in Afghanistan or in any other African country, people who are not used to industrialzed food realize high-qualitative, natural food at a glimpse.
It is as if their natural intuition to the food they eat works better. Anytime I hear somebody saying refugees take our jobs away, or that they wouldn't be qualified enough, I just imagine how many jobs could be created with this intuitive knowledge about food and nature brought to Europe from people, whose country of origin are not that industrialized yet.
Our two last stops were the islands of Barena and Mazzorbo. After the initial excitement the fatogue set in. It was unbelievable hot, and due to Ramadan most of people of the group were tremendously exhausted. So I spare you the pictures of the tormented faces, while sharing with you the most joyful one....
by Anahita Tabrizi I © images by Matteo Stocco