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My mandala

My mandala

My Italian adventure began at the end of July 2019. Matera greeted me with the sun. Together with the “beaming girl” – Nao (my roommate from France), who later turned out to be the sun of our home (“The Good Hostel Pasta”).

A house full of energy, people, meetings, with a large terrace we spent our days and evenings at. A terrace full of conversations, reflections, and where our roommate, Serban would dance.

A house with shared lunches and dinners, where we combined our recipes (Spanish, French thanks to Ailen and Nao), and the Italian cuisine would usually win.

In the morning, the alarm clock would remind us that “we are the champions” (thanks to Nora). A group of 5 people with different temperaments who during these few months managed to create a common home for themselves. EVS project – a meeting you least expect.

I returned to the south of Italy again after 10 years. To experience the adventure without any expectations. To live my life, make my dreams come true. To travel alone discovering new places (I’ve always wanted to do this).

I returned to Sicily, I discovered beautiful Bologna, I visited Venice and the Biennale of Contemporary Art. I spent a week in Rome with people from all over the world (thanks to Papaya Family!). I fell in love with Naples.

But above all, I rediscovered the charming city in the south, where I lived for 7 months – Matera. I walked the narrow streets every day. The office of the organization I worked at was literally in the middle of the districts of houses and churches carved in the rock – Sassi. This unique view will always remain in my memory.

I joined the cultural sector team at the Matera-Basilicata Foundation 2019. Our team was responsible for the organization and production of events in Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019. I worked with open, creative, and professional people (huge thanks to Marta, Angela, Paola, Ida, Valentina, Gessica , Ariane, Pietro, Paolo, Tommaso, Domenico). During my project, I met artists from all over Europe. I had a chance to participate in theater performances, film production, art exhibitions, concerts, meetings, and workshops. Working on the productions of the European Capital of Culture 2019 gave me the opportunity for personal and professional development.

In Matera, I met amazing friends who made me feel at home. Days and evenings passed on “dolce far niente”. I am convinced that a sweet breakfast will never taste the same again. I won’t have a real lunch break anymore, and after work, I won’t hear “Facciamo un aperitivo?” I also had the opportunity to show the beautiful Matera to my sister and friends who visited me.

I like to think back to all those beautiful days that passed in peace without counting the time. In Italy, I was never late because in Italy you just have time. I learned a lot, but what I want to cherish is the thought of not running, feeling more, living the moment, living in balance. Every day we can become better than yesterday. The real challenge is not about the others, it’s about you. After this adventure, my mandala seems complete, full of colors.

A presto Italia!

The article was written by Klauda Mazur who volunteered at the Matera-Basilicata Foundation in Italian Matera in the period of July 2019 – February 2020.