We are two playfellows situated in a flat near River Sava, Slavonski Brod, Croatia. This is a blog to show and tell the story of our journey and the people we will meet. It will be full of illustration, portraits, bio's and anything else we find interesting. Have a look, listen, and be inspired by our adventure.
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Tomorrow i have come to the decision not to talk for the whole day. After watching an episode of the most recent heroes, and how the deaf lady doesnt really talk, and i can assure you she can’t hear either, it got me thinking. Like, what would it be like not to be able to talk? I was thinking about getting some earplugs but then i would have just ended up shouting at everyone, which means flatmates getting angry. Here’s a simple equasion
Imo + Earplugs = shouting
bad communication = angry flatmates.
not a good combination i must say. I’m going to live the life of a person not being able to talk for a day, as talking is definitely one of things I surely do in the day, and doesn’t usually stop… it’s going to be difficult. But i’m going to give it a shot, and i have been told and fully aware that Hannah and Holly are going to make it uber difficult for me by tormenting me in some way.
I shall update tomorrow on the progress of my non talkingness and see what good may come out of it.
I’m hoping i shall have an epiphany or some sort of enlightenment…@3 years ago
So today is very sunny again, after a day of gloom and rain, which is good because it’s the Easter weekend!!
So sitting outside eating our breakfast and drinking our English tea, next door is doing something to their back garden. But with them doing that, he’s also blaring some classical tunes!! It’s all very relaxing, and I’m starting to enjoy this ‘new’ sort of music to my ears. Which worries me, I think I may be turning into my Granddad.@3 years ago
So we just had a good chat with Chez on skype so we could fill him in with whats happening here in Croatia and stuff, and with that he gave us some advice, ideas and inspiration into what we could get on and doing.
So were going to get on and do a few things, possibly set up a stall in the market, make some market friends and things with Youth space!
but for a quick and general update of whats gwaning here… here are a few bulletpoints:
- Decoration of Youthspace (need to double check with Darko for the go ahead)
- Childrens home is still going really well, and were their best friends so everythings cool
- gotten into the Tech school which is next to the Childrens home, which we will be helping/doing english classes, and them putting our faces in the newspaper and website and stuff. ha
- Hannahs mum is coming out in a few days.. well next week for a few days, so it will be lovely to have a mum about
- Hannahs French lessons will be starting next monday
- I sent off around 100 emails to try and get baseball shirts, and i think ive probably have had the same amount of emails back saying no!
- GIANT boxes of chocolate
- The river is finally going down, so we can walk along it a little better, and the weather seems to be getting nicer apart from when it feels like it’s having a hissy fit and decides to rain.
So yes. Things are pretty dandy, sorry about the no posts for a while, were going to get better, it’s all good!@3 years ago with 1 note
So, ha. Yesterday i made the decision in spending today in stillness.. or basically me just shutting my mouth for 24 hours.
I was good, like, i woke up and remembered not to talk which is a good sign! It ment my head was in the right place first thing in the morning. Brilliant. So everything was going really well, well, i wasent really being sociable, i kinda just sat in my room for the first 4/5 hours to like wake up and make sure i don’t fall back. Within this, i had my first slip up… I was watching Heroes with Holly on my laptop, and one of the guys said ‘He’s a genie in a bottle’ and out of my mouth i start singing, ‘i’m a genie in a bottle baby…’ realising what i just did i clasped my mouth and Holly just laughed and was like ‘i knew you wouldnt last long’. I was annoyed at myself, that one man inside the screen i was watching made me talk, like, a human being was sat next to me and i didn’t talk. But then i reminded myself, that i could carry on with it and it’ll be okay. It’s the first time ever that i have done this, and i will always slip up DEFINATLEY the first time, and probably the second or third time to.
But things were good all day, we went for a walk and saw a bird kill a fish… so i took a few photos. ha. It was when his guts was falling out that i was a bit grosed out. So we came back and did Holly’s hair for like 2 hours, and by the end of that and the lack of communication i decided to give up, but i had to wait for Garret to come round, and my first words could only be ‘Hello Garret!!’
So today had been eventful, i succeeded pretty much in not talking all day, but me thinking that i would have some sort of epiphany or some sort of discovery… well i didn’t. I think maybe the biggest thought that i had all day is that i actually talk loads. i talk to fill the silence, I talk to make conversation, to ask for a cuppa tea/coffee, I talk to ask for advice and to see if people would want something, need something or asking for directions. I actually have realised literately everything we need, want, or want to do, we need to communicate. And our only way of communication is talking, and pointing. Ha. Today was a pointing and miming day. When i told myself not to talk, i forgot to myself that i could actually laugh, mumble, point, mime and the rest of it. And when i would do it, it just made things more complicated and harder to get points across compared to if i actually shrugged or nodded my head. Like, it just seems that the simplest of things can almost be the hardest to communicate. So when later, when Garret came round, usually i’m full of conversation and like will talk about anything and everything and i wouldn’t really think about what was coming out of my mouth. But instead, like, i didn’t see the point in talking, i spoke less and it was totally weird, bazaar and i was shocked with myself. I actually can talk too much rubbish. Even when someone would be like ‘where did you get that from’, i would have to start by talking about the beginning of my day and then eventually i would get to the point. I have noticed this, and I do think to myself that this is pretty much rubbish, the amount of trash that comes out of my mouth like all the time is immense. But then at the same time, noticing all of my talking habits and how irritating and annoying i could actually be to myself and to others. That’s me. Tough luck. The person who you see and listen to is actually me,a nd yes I can be irritating with how much i talk, but you can just tell me to shut up and I will. Like the next few days i think i will be a little bit quieter and a little more careful with what comes out of my mouth, but then after that i’ll probably go back to the way I was a little.
I thought through my time of ‘stillness’, that i would spend some more time like thinking about God and who i am and doing the whole ‘figure yourself out in a day’ sort of thing, but that didn’t happen. I think O was just too distracted with day to day life around here. Maybe next time when i try out i’ll get some more inspirational somethingness, as today i did only last like 10hours awake and like 21hours asleep in stillness.
The flate mates said….
Hannah ‘It was nice to spend my study day in quietness for once hahahahha’
Holly ‘It was awkward walking round town talking to myself, um, and i did alot of contemplating today.’
Looks like my talking can actually distract people a little too much. But it was a learning experience that I’ll probably try again and again. It will get better and I will grow stronger in not talking for a day :)@3 years ago with 1 note
People, you have no idea what has just happened to us.
So it’s Tuesday and we started on our normal Tuesday rounds of going to Croatian in the morning then going to the childrens home to help them with english, doing all of this before lunch.
Darko, our pastor, said that he was going to take us to a disabled home where some of the adult disabled people go. So we were like YES! STUFF TO DO! So we went along thinking that we would have loads to do and help with, and when we arrived no one spoke English, and Darko was busy talking away saying our names, where were from and how old we were. He then said to us ‘Okay girls, she will take you home at half 4. Use your initative’ then he left. we were like, umm, HI! WHAT DO WE DO! totally lost and abanonded with no one speaking a word of english we decided to sit there and try and make conversation with the little croatian that we know. The whole time, all 3 of us were praying thinking that God must have something better in store for us, we felt totally and utterly useless there. So we were happy when half 4 reached us, and we got into the ladys car. She then said ‘cava’ a few times (Coffee!!) and we were like… umm okay then?! So we went to her house and sat in her back garden and started drinking coffee. She kept on talking to us in croatian saying that her son spoke a little bit of English. When he came down, he was helpful but still not much conversation was brewing. Soon after she rang another lady who was an Enghlish teacher at one of the schools. She was really cool, and started some good conversation… THEN her son came along and he was absolutly mental at Engilsh, he knew everything where most places were in England, and he was realllly nice. We decided that he’s going to take us to go visit a zoo… which basically means a man has a house and has a tiger in his back garden!! He’s also going to give us a tour of Brod a little more.
Then his dad came along and said to us ‘Are all English girls so pretty?’ bless him. ANYWHO soon after a few cups of coffee later another english teaching lady came along and she was amazing. We explained who we were and why we were here, and then we said, if you can use us in any way within your classrooms that would be brilliant. She turned around and then said ‘girls, I’m going to make you busy, you girls are the cherry on top of a cake’. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! So she said that we will go in and have a look around the school that she works in and meet the principle, then we may be able to even do our own English lessons in school! This is mental. Like actually amazing. Through one person who doesn’t speak any English and we all thought that we were going to fail at the disabled place, we have made many more contacts, and soooo many more opportunities through a few people. We have also been invtied to their place for a BBQ on saturday!
Were totally dead excited about what has just happened. Like, everything God has been building us up to do, has started to brew into something more exciting and more brilliant. Out of probably one of our worst moments here, has brewed the best thing that could have possibly happened to us. It’s nuts. Absolutely and utterly mad, but so flippin incredible to!@3 years ago with 6 notes