|Emigration from Europe Workshop –
Interview With Margaret and Sean Cannon
Because our workshop deals with Emigration we have decided to ask people on Achill about their personal experiences and emigration in general. That is why we are interviewing several people of different ages here on the island.
having a really interesting conversation with Betty Goodman on our first
workshop day, we went on for our next appointment with Margaret and Sean
Cannon earlier today.
In the afternoon we went through all the material we have gathered and prepared our questions for tonight’s interview. We also tried to get in touch with other inhabitants to get more appointments but unfortunately we did not succeed.
Intercultural Communication Lecture
You might think that the same animals make the same sound in every culture,
whatever country they live in. But actually, while the British firmly
believe that pigs “oink”, Germans call the sound they make
“grunzen”, while in Lithuania, they sound like “kriu-kriu”
and in Sweden the pigs say "nöff nöff". Indre
Cesnakauskaite (Lithuania) and Laurent Borgman (Germany) used such onomatopoetic
differences to introduce us to Hofstede’s concept of culture being
the software of the mind. Indre opened the lecture by singing a Lithuanian
song and making us guess what animal it was about. After that, some of
the participants had to imitate “Lithuanian” animal sound,
while the others had to guess which animals made what noise. Laurence
then pointed out that obviously there is different cultural software of
the mind, which makes people from different countries hear different sounds
when they listen to the same animals. Exploring the idea of different
software, participants were asked to look at different means to save data
- very old floppy disks of 5 ¼ inches , tapes like our fathers
used, brand new mp3 players – and find out which are compatible
and what interfaces are needed to make them communicate with each other.
We realized very quickly that sometimes you have to make quite an effort
to make different software compatible or even find an intermediary between
the two, just as you have to think about how to make different cultures
The members of the writing workshop met this morning at 8:30 am for a special guided tour through the island. Theo, our friendly “cab driver”, was kind enough to drive us to the Deserted Village.
Guido, our insider who knows Achill like no one else showed us some hidden spots which impressed all of us. I am afraid I do not remember the correct names. Some of the other things we saw as already mentioned the Deserted Village, Achill harbour and last but not least many sheep. Only two little things lead to complaints by our female group members: The muddy way through the nature, and supposedly scary angry sheep.
But the other group members made the best out of the situation and took this as a sportive challenge. They jumped over the muddy spots which actually was a lot of fun. In this way we combined work and sports which felt really good after having had so much food the night before… Nobody wants to gain weight.
We got many breath taking impressions which will be very useful for our
writing workshop. On this trip we also found out that Swedish people walk
much faster than German people. That is why the group split up in two
parts, a German part and a Swedish part. But by the end of our trip we
finally found each other again and discussed the remarkable experiences
we had shared this morning.
| Europe Goes to School Workshop –
On our first day we decided to visit one of
the ”National Schools” on the Island because we wanted to
teach the children something about our countries
Amazed, astonished, excited....................... What can I say.. I LOVE THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!
We (The landscape workshop) have just gotten back from an amazing day hiking with Peti. Peti was our guide and she is a lovely Dutch woman who has lived here in Achill for thirty years
Next we came up to a haunted house............ and we got the whole creapy scary story. At the end of our tour we came to the foot of a mountain were we were told that you could see our "own" village Keel, from the top. Stubborn and "wildlifed" like only two Northen Swedish girls can be, me and Jonna decided to climb the mountain. We started of by running (not a good idea) and by the time we got half way our cafs were burning like crazy, but we are just as crazy so we kept going.But it was worth it! The view from the top was amazing and we feelt really proud and happy.
The walk back to the car was very tiring and I truly believe that we will have some trouble walking tomorrow. But as long as we are ok by Thursday it is alright, because then we are heading out again and I can not wait!!!!!
After we found out that the Rumanian group was on the very top we started
singing karaoke. It was quite interesting to hear some of the Irish songs
that the inhabitants sang for us. Now I know why there are so many Swedish
people on the singing workshop because in the whole they are very good
singers. No doubt Jonna´s song was the best
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