Amanda Steggell and Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe travelled by plane from Oslo, while I travelled from Berlin to Vienna. We all took a bus from Vienna to Brno. From Brno we travelled with another bus for twelve hours during the night through Hungary and Romania to Sfinta Elena by the River Danube in the most southwestern region of Romania on the border of Serbia. This region is called Banat.
Banat and St. Helena in Rumania – notes on islands of otherness in the sea of nationalism
In the sub-Carpathian mountain chain along the Donau river there are pockets or rather ponds of populations of Czech populations established from the 1820s as border settlements along the borders of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Most of them have historically been rather isolated being culturally and linguistic apart from the Romanian population.
Being in Samos was an impression of the great contrast between then tourist Samos and the harsh world of the razor wired fenced in area of refugees. At the same time the reality of the volunteers with all their competencies and lack of competencies, personal hierarchy and rivalries contrasted to the complexity of the refugee community
As part of the working exhibition ‘If I were The Ocean‘ at the Norwegian Maritime Museum Aug 2016, “Kystlaget Viken” (Oslo’s local team of the Norwegian Coastal Federation) organised a trip from the museum to the island of Lindøya with the re-constructed Viking ship “Vaaghals” (Dreadnought). ( ⇒ 🎥). The sailing vessel was of a kind used before 1628, constructed as a merchant vessel with ample place for all the passengers participating in the trip. For those interested in the original vessel it was excavated as Barcode 6. Sounding like a kind of drink from a bar, but in reality a very muddy excavated wreck from the Bjørvika in Oslo.