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Welcome to Georgia September 29, 2014

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Georgia (Sakartvelo) is a my country in the Coucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of western Asia and eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the black sea, to the north be Russia, to the south be Turkey and Armenia and to the southeast Azerbaijan. The Capital of Georgia is Tbilisi with 2 million Population. It is political economical and cultural center .Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometers and its population almost 5 million. The History of Georgia is very rich. We know in the world are 14 script , one of is Georgian. Georgia always was big empires target such as(Persia ,Otoman, Bizantic Russian empires) because we have strategic location, we are on the border Europe and Asia. Finally all empires are collapsed Georgia is alive again.
I think Georgian Culture and mentality it is so different, This includes Asian and europian mentality and culture. Georgia second name is vine and loves country. We love Guests it is main reason why is always a lot of tourist in the Georgia. Especial mountains and seaside cities. We have one city east of Georgia, region Kakheti. Its name is love city Signagi, because there you can see everyday some engagement also you can find foreigner couples. I want to talk about Capital city of Georgia Tbilisi. Tbilisi is one of the oldest city in the world, it based V AD century. Tbilisi was built by king Vakhtang V (gorgasali), Tbilisi is beautiful multicultural city European and Asian buildings with narrow streets Tbilisi divided into 2 parts with river Mtkvari which is longest river in the Georgia. Old and modern parts both are amazing, lots of Orthodox churches, Mosques, catholic, Gregorian and Russian churches. Also population is multinational most part Georgians, Armenian, Russian, Estonian, Jews. Transports is easy an cheap. you can use subway, buses mini buses. In the Tbilisi is biggest airport in Georgia, Tbilisi international airport .After Tbilisi second city is Kutaisi west of Georgia. It is really beautiful and old city. There is Georgian parliament building and many important places. I want to write short describe History of Georgia. During the classical era, independent kingdoms became established in what is now Georgia. The kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia adopted Christianity in the early 4th century. A unified kingdom of Georgia reached the peak of its political and economic strength during the reign of king David IV and Queen Tamar 11th 12th centuries. At the beginning of the 19th century, Georgia was annexed by the Russian empire. After a brief period of independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Georgia was occupied by Soviet Russia in 1921. Becoming Georgian soviet socialist Republic and part of the Soviet union. by the way it was Stalin (Ioseb Jughashvili) the famous Georgian idea to occupied Georgia. After independence in 1991, post-communist Georgia suffered from civil unrest economic crisis for most of the 1990s.This lasted until the Rose Revolution of 2003, after which the new government introduced democratic and economic reforms and it was huge steps for development. Georgia is divided 9 region 1 capital and 2 autonomic republics Adjara and Abkhazia. 1991-1993 years was war in abkhazia and today Abkhazia and Samachablo(south Osetia) they are separate republics (De-facto) but no one recognize them besides Russia, Nikaragua, venesuela. 2008 year 7-11 august was war Georgia vs Russia for Samachablo. Today Georgian territory 20% is occupied by Russian army, that’s what I’ve seen. Now let’s change topic and see good things.
Georgian cuisine and wine have evolved through the centuries, adapting traditions each era. One of the most unusual traditions of dining is (supra) or Georgian table, which is also way socializing with friends and family. The head of supra is known as Tamada. He also conducts the highly philosophical toasts and makes sure that everyone is enjoying themselves. Various historical regions of Georgia are known their particular dishes: for example, khinkali (meat dumplingns) from eastern mountainous Georgia and khachapuri (with cheese) mainly from imereti, samegrelo, adjara. In addition traditional Georgian dishes, the foods of other countries have been brought to Georgia by immigrants from Russia Greece and recently China.
Georgia is well known for its rich folklore unique traditional music, theatre, cinema and art. Georgia has a rich and vibrant musical tradition, primarily known for its early development of polyphony. Georgian dance is famous in whole world, dance ensembles (Sukhishvili, erisioni, Rustavi) they have many performance abroad every year.
Sport is really development in Georgia rugby, basketball, wrestling, football and other. Today we are not successful in the football especially national team but I hope we will be more strong. Our famous footballer was kakha kaladze he appearance in Ac Milan (2001 2010) years. Coucasus region he is single player who won UEFA Champions league .this is my article about Georgia. Everything else you have to see in Georgia. ნახვამდის

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ANTIGONE: FOR A BETTER WORLD September 23, 2014

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Antigone is a non-profit organization started in 1993. Its full name has the key to understand what it does: Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence.

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Nightlife in Thessaloniki September 22, 2014

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Thessaloniki never sleeps. This is true. My weekly report is about how to have fun in this city especially for foreigners (and volunteers). At first I want to write about the reggae boat. In front of the white tower there are 3 reggae-bar boats, the entrance is free you can listen reggae music (or other kind), drink beer, coffee, whatever you want, but be careful prices is not cheap.
Yesterday Wendy and me were there and it was really nice. The reggae boats are working until 12 o’clock during wintertime, and they are full of people. The sailing distance is 11 kilometers, it means it starts from the White Tower, goes on the circle near the harbor and come back. Trip time is about 30 minutes.
In Thessaloniki there are a lot of clubs. Most of them are located in the city center name Valaoritou, which is a place with many narrow streets to walk. There are electronic music clubs , Plan B, Tropikuku club, Four Seasons, and many bars and clubs I don’t remember their names. (more…)

Active citizenship: participants and their ideas during the ACIL seminar September 22, 2014

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The seminar on active citizenship, entitled “ACIL: Active Citizens Laboratory”, took place in Thessaloniki, from 15 to 19 September. The week full of discussions, workshops and social contacts was organized by the Greek branch of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the United Societies of Balkans in collaboration with “Thessaloniki – European Youth Capital 2014”.

U.S.B. volunteers met and interviewed the participants of the seminar in order to find out their background, motivation to join the activities of ACIL and their view on the concept of active citizenship.

To begin with, the background of participants varied from being students, teachers, job seekers and volunteers. On their free time, some of the participants support people with special needs, teach in a Roma community in Thessaloniki, are members of environmental groups, local government and so on. Regardless of the differences in their occupations or study fields, all participants had a common willingness to join the seminar and share their views on the relevant topic, gain some knowledge or techniques and to apply them in a real life.

Moreover, most of the participants agreed that the concept of active citizenship is very important and that it is all about interconnection. According to Theodora, one of the participants, “being an active citizen is having a critical mind and thinking about yourself (not in a selfish way) and, at the same time, doing something for someone else and for the society. I think we are all interconnected”.

Finally, all of the participants expressed their intention of doing voluntary work and being active citizens in the future.  By joining the seminar, they expected to hear new ideas, meet interesting people and make meaningful connections with non-governmental or non-profit organizations, all of it in order to improve their future activities regarding active citizenship. As the other participant Nikos said, “the level of our life will improve if we all are active citizens”.
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Written by Kristina Gruodytė

AENAO’s activities based on a no-formal learning methodology September 22, 2014

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The first seminary of “ACIL: active citizenship program”, organized by Anna Lindh Foundation was about “Environment  and Volunteerism” and  has been held by AENAO, a NGO expert in no-formal learning methodology. The organization, established in Thessaloniki in 2006 by a group of scientists-volunteers, aims to promote health on its wide sense, exploring the health topics and focusing about mental, psychological and cognitive processes.  (more…)

Anapiria Simera and its workshop during the ACIL September 19, 2014

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The Praxis Foundation, making actions and activities for young people since 1995 September 19, 2014

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PRAXIS FOUNDATION is a non-governmental foundation, founded in 1995 by a group of young people who wanted to do some actions and some activities for young people. The organization had hundreds of members during his history, and today, one hundred of members are running on a different actions. (more…)

Association for the social support of youth September 19, 2014

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ARSIS (Association for the Social Support of Youth) is a Non Governmental Organization which was established in 1992 and since then it operates in Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos, Alexandroupoli, Kozani and Tirana. This development has been possible due to the cooperation of its members, volunteers and young people.

The association vision is a society of equal opportunities for all young individuals, and it specializes in the social support of youth who are in difficulty or danger and in the advocacy of their rights. Furthermore, ARSIS aims the prevention of youth marginalization, the elaboration of policies which defend youth rights and the active social support towards disadvantaged young people. (more…)

“FC.Paok and people” September 18, 2014

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This week I Thought a lot about what to write and I decide write about Thessaloniki favorite club F.C PAOK. Because I was on the my balcony and I heard some song two girl they were singing Paok anthem and there was born idea to write report about little history of Paok FC. (more…)

Visiting to “Yenicami” (new mosque) in Thessaloniki September 18, 2014

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Thessaloniki is a city of contrast. Here you can see how western and eastern civilizations merge. In Thessaloniki is situated unique in the world mosque and museum “Yenicami” (new mosque). And I will introduce the history of this building. It is so interesting because I’m writing from my mind what I saw there and listened from our guide.

At first it was designed by the famous Italian architect Vitaliano Poselli in 1902 for the city’s Donmeh community (Jewish converts to Islam). The construction began in 1900 and finished in 1902. The architect Poselli was invited in Thessaloniki by the Sultan Abdul II. Generally, Poselli has built many important buildings in Thessaloniki. (more…)

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