"You can pick olives from the neighbors and it's only the work because the traditional way of picking olives here means crawling in the trees and cutting the twigs. So twigs are sometimes very big and they have a special technique to keep the olive trees healthy, keeping them from growing too much in all directions ... In the stones. And the stones on this island are very heavy and the trees break ... It's a pity."
"Finally, as my vision of the island, I would love it if the people kept their trust and got more of it, because I found a lot of trust here. When we were talking to people here, mostly businessmen, you know, small businesses, who say 'Yes, there is crisis, but' ... So this 'but', you know, is very, very important. Live your life and don't give too much attention to this big stuff which is not really ... It has nothing to do with life. It's completely on another level. And I think that the people here have the chance not to go for all this fear and existence stuff, before getting back to roots and trust. I think here it may be possible, because not so much got destroyed, not so much got lost as in so many other places, where people really feel the fear and have lost hope. And are very frightened with what's going on in the surroundings, in the world as a whole. Because when you put a focus on that, you become a part of it. You can invite what you need but you can invite what you fear as well. But if you have a little bit of the idea, of the feeling of happiness, just because of being, you know, being awake in the morning ... Just because it's nice that we can keep what we have ....
BOJAN: It has already been six months since we spent time together on Ithaca. My aim is to continue the story when we meet again and experience fresh new moments.
Released by MED Land project / photography, audio conversations, editing: BB / on-location team: Leila and Harwig Morth, Marko Vodanović, BB / research: Nejc Jordan, BB / text editing: Tadej Turnšek
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