2. Online Meeting

Day 2 – our discussions are getting on deeper level. Today‘s topic was why many Europeans lost connection to Europe. We‘ve saw and heard how European identity is being defined by philosopher Jürgen Habermas, how many people feel European in Europe and which factors determine your identity. It was hard to give a clear picture…

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1. Online Meeting

And so it begins. Ahead of us await many more online meetings, deep conversations about Europe (and life) and a 10-day sailing adventure. We are all surely going to be spending a lot of time together, so we needed to get familiar with one another, and that is why we started our first meeting by…

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Time to explore. Time to discuss. Time to connect. We offer time and space for an open exchange of ideas. The participants of the summer school, organized by the Hans Farmont Foundation, are invited to spend time with young people from Europe on a ten-day sailing trip in Greece and Turkey. On the foundation’s sail…

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Greetings from Marleen

The Marleen is out of the water and ready for winter. We would like to thank everyone for a great season! We are already looking forward to 2020 and more summer schools on the sea. Greetings from the Marleen Crew

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DAY 8: A PROMISE

This year it is the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. It seems that the human race has always been obsessed with exploring the unknown (better to put it this way than say conquering what cannot be conquered). Fifty years later, we are still trying to reach places that seem impossible to be reached. However,…

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DAY 7: SHARING IS CARING

Two days ago we learned that a storm for sailors isn’t about thunders and lightnings, but a heavy and strong wind and today we had to finish our sailing trip, even though it was supposed to last for one more day.  Coming back to Rhodes, to the place from which we started our trip, was…

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DAY 6: MAKE REALITY SEXY AGAIN

Last night we haven’t slept much – we had to be awake and do the anchor shifts. Since we weren’t in a harbor, we had to take care of our boat not just sailing away from the bay. That was exhausting, but again gave us a time to reflect. After being awake for almost the…

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DAY 5: SHIT HAPPENS

Today’s sailing was one of the longest. It took us 8 hours to get to the Island of Symi. This was a good time to reflect since the notion of time was no longer a constraint.  After finally arriving to Panormitis, at the Island of Symi, for the first time there was no harbour. We…

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DAY 3: WATER IN THE SEA IS SALTY

There are some truths in the world that are very obvious, but you often forget them – such as that water in the sea is salty. If you don’t live at the seaside, and go for a swim in the sea for just ten days a year, you might forget about it. Also – your…

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DAY 2: THE SUN WILL NOT WAIT FOR US

The sentence in the title is not supposed to sound passive aggressive, it is just supposed to be a reminder of why it is important to follow schedules.  Our group is surprisingly punctual – not only we appear at the meeting point on time, but we are all always there even earlier. That is what,…

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DAY 1: SLEEPLESS AT MARLEEN

Hello Everybody,  We are thrilled to be the third and final group for this unique experience sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.  If you were wondering why a group of young enthusiasts have decided to spend 10 days together on a sailing yacht Marleen here is why: We all have different backgrounds, different languages but are…

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Day 8: Rhodes

Today was our last full day as a crew on the Marleen. We spent our day exploring the cultural sites of Lindos, and the more southern parts of Rhodes. We also had our last discussion about what take aways we have gained from this experience, and how we can use these in the best way…

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Day 7: Back to Rhodes

Today greeted us with the first sight of clouds and grey sky that we had in days. Luckily, fortune turned in favor of us once we were out on the sea and we enjoyed five hours of sailing in almost perfect conditions. The Marleen safely carried us into her home harbor in Rhodes, were our…

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Day 6: Panormitis

Before 9am, we were on the waters again, off to the island of Panormitis. Wind and waves were plentiful, making for an interesting discussion experience while the Marleen waltzed the sea. The topic: European narratives and the potential of pan-European storytelling. Crew members agreed that European stories can be found anywhere – including on this…

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Day 5: Nisyros

After a comparably late start to the day, we set off to be greeted by the exhilarating view of the island’s volcano. Thankfully Hephaistos did not unleash his fire and fury upon us, and we were able to proceed unharmed.  To escape the heat, we found some shade in a village cafe to start our…

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Day 4: Nisyros

Ship ahoi! Our day started a bit differently today – awoken by the sweet sounds of Marleen’s engine, we departed from Symi in the early morning hours and enjoyed a lively breakfast on the high seas, accompanied by the exasperating view of the sun rising over the mighty Aegean – Odysseus would be proud!  Despite…

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Day 3: Symi

With the engine working with us rather than against us, and our spirits uplifted by the power of Ximeromata, we finally reached our destination – the scenic island of Symi. Captain Sweet-Tooth brought us safely to the harbor, where we were welcomed by the impressive scenery of traditional Greek housefronts. After a quick dive at…

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Day 2: Rhodes

What about the current refugee crisis in Europe, what about European values, and what about Grünkohl? Today did not exactly go as planned. After several hours at sea, our Pirates of the Caribbean fantasies turned into unexpected reality when our engine stopped working, and we were depending on our sails (and no wind). After the…

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Day 1: Rhodes

Yesterday the second group of this year’s Farmont Summer School checked in on the Marleen and met as a crew for the first time. After a lot of first impressions and a good night’s rest, we spent our day roaming the streets of the old and new town of Rhodes, using a break above the…

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Day Seven: 36°25’56.1″N 28°14’21.1″E, Rhodes

We are back in Rhodes!! Surprisingly we all survived – thanks to the amazing sailing skills ( and fortune-cookie-like life wisdoms) of our skippers. Thank you so much for this unique opportunity, we hope we can spread some of your new ideas for a future Europe.  Yours Carlo, Cary Cary Lady, Jessy J K, Claudi the Lighthouse and…

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Day Six: 36°33’01.5″N 27°50’42.2″E, Panormitis

When – at some point – we might agree on a utopia for Europe, how can we make it a reality? Through reform or through transformation? At a first glance, we perceived ourselves as a rather homogenous group, however with time we realized that every one of us has different areas of engagement in the…

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Day Five: 36°37’07.4″N 27°10’16.7″E, Nisyros

Today we experienced one of the bright sides of the European spirit: playing football with more than 7 different nations, all ages, religion, genders and socio-economic backgrounds. Being „united in diversity“ motivated us to work towards a concrete goal, that does not only benefit us, but also the next group of Hans-Farmont-scholars and the greater…

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Day Four: 36°40’01.6″N 27°07’39.9″E, Giali

Throughout the trip there is one question that constantly comes up: Can we have an impact/ multiplicator effect large enough to justify our privilege of attending a fully-funded summer school on a yacht for ten days in Greece? 

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Day Three: 36°53’23.6″N 27°18’10.9″E, Kos

Questions of the day:1. Do you think that younger generations see fundamental European achievements up until now as a given (e.g. peace, Schengen,…)?2. What responsibility do we have as European citizens in strengthening European values? 3. How can we as Hans Farmont scholars take concrete actions to further the European vision (e.g. political engagement, become a…

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Day Two: 36°53’23.6″N 27°18’10.9″E, Kos

7:00am Wakin’ up has never been that easy -why? Cause we had a long day of sailing ahead of us! #jk7amsucks 3:30pm “Marlene” (our sailing boat) almost reached its limits bending over in stormy waters … 5:00pm .. however, we arrived safely on the beautiful (and touristic) island of Kos where we’ll stay for the…

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Day One: 36°37’08.8″N 27°50’15.6″E, Simi

07:00 Being woken up far too early by our big boss08:00 Setting sail after a greek style breakfast and coffee08:06 Apesing Rasmus, God of the Sea09:00 sailing10:00 sailing11:00 still sailing12:00 no wind, stuck on the boat and starting to wonder why we are here13:00 learning basic knots and sailing know how – in case the…

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36°25’55.3″N 28°14’19.9″E, Rhodes

Lukas, Head of Music and Analytical ConclusionsClaudius, Principal Challenger and the Real Colossus of Rhodes Carina, Part-time Mermaid and Doctor on Bord(ers) Carlotta, Morning Coffee Expert and Representing Swiss Neutrality  Jasmin, Masterpiece and Spirit of Europe  While we are busy posing, we are only here thanks to our real Crew Milena, Minister of Culture  Angelika, Mumager  Andreas,…

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Start of our Summer School Programme 2019

Tomorrow we open the season for our Summer School Programme 2019. The first group will arrive in Rhodes tomorrow and will be on board for the next 10 days.The preparations have been made and we are looking forward to the participants.We will inform you daily with small blog entries about our discussions, current topics and…

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Day 8 – If you want to fold the sails, you have to be quick

Last sailing day: After a turbulent night on the ship with strong winds and celebrating neighbors, we set sails for a last trip towards Rhodes. Unlike the other days, Rasmus accepted our prayers for strong winds… although he might took it a bit to serious with wind strength 7. But after several days of training…

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Day 7 – blessed by strong winds

Today we were blessed by strong #winds as Rasmus finally accepted our prayers and gifts. We sailed on wind power only almost through the whole journey from Tilos to Panormitis Bay in Symi. We were back in Symi but this time we were on a different part of the island.  There was a slight change of duties…

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Day 6 – Not a single day

Not a single day starts without Marleen singing the Guten Morgen song and us, the crew, preparing a delicious breakfast. It was a sailing day again and we were blessed with strong Aegean winds that pushed us smoothly from #Nisyros to #Tilos island.  Tobi piloted his #drone today and got some breathtaking shots but it was such an experience to catch…

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Day 5 – A hardy breakfast was needed for a long day ahead.

Every breakfast is an experience… we always see different cutting and presentation styles common to different #nationalities of our crew member. Today breakfast tasted heavenly under the cool and clean weather in Nisyros – the fig island.  Nisyros may be small but it is a #mythological and #geologicaltreasure with breathtaking views. Our first stop of the day was to the…

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Day 4 – circumventing storms

Today started early as Marleen had to cover over 30 nautical #miles to take us to our next stop – Nisiros island. But the 7 hours voyage didn’t feel as long. While there was a storm close by, Rasmus spared us great weather conditions (thanks to the many gifts to him). On the boat the crew enjoyed…

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Day 3 – Close the windows before we clean the boat.

We finished the second day with great music, dancing in the colourful streets of Symi. Next morning while, the majority of the group was still dreaming of the next adventures, Tobi started the day with a hike to discover a beautiful Symi sunrise. During breakfast, we explored a Lithuanian specialty: Cucumbers with honey (tested and…

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Day 2 – Wind strength 5 is the limit for sailing newbies

After our all time favorite German wake up song, we started the day at 6.30 with some fresh coffee and tea. Led by our #skipper team, we set sails towards #Symi. During the 5 hours trip, we learned some sailing basics (e.g., important #knots and unquestioned commands by the captain) but also how it feels to be on the…

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Day 1 – There’s no left and right on Marleen.

There’s no left and right on Marleen, it’s port and starboard.  Skipping formal introductions we start the trip with a three-layer chocolate cake under the night sky and an ultimate birthday playlist. Following the first night of getting comfortable with sleeping on board we are awaken by Nana Mouskoyri’s Good Morning Sunshine and a first…

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8. Day – Time is up

This morning was an early one; we woke up at 6:20 am to collect #garbage. We filled 5 trash bags with plastic from the beaches of the bay we slept in last night, but it didn’t seem to make any difference considering the seemingly infinite amount of trash on the beaches. While collecting trash, we found…

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7. Day – vacation vs. reality

Today, we sailed for eight hours under the sun. we used the sailing skills we’ve learned throughout the trip to help out around the boat, from opening and closing the sails to tying various knots. when we weren’t helping out, we were resting from our difficult night shift and desperately looking for shadow on the…

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