And the project begins: Installing & Identifying

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Today is the third day at the campsite in Alex. The first impression of the city is loud, sunny and beige. Not in a bad way, but very beige. The Mediterranean Sea is a powerful view, which we can see from our balconies and windows of the 8th floor apartment. Coming from a snowy, cold and clean Sweden, like me, the difference is huge, but it’s amazing how fast one adjusts to both the environment and the living — even if our living has been mostly inside, making ourselves at home.

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The first night we went for reflection at a local coffee shop, and some of us smoked a shisha, or hookah pipe for the first time.

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We are doing our own cooking, and the food has been simple but tasty.

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The atmosphere in the group is open, curious and a little bit careful.  However, it isn’t hard to speak about delicate subjects, as today’s workshop about identity brought up different points of views and personal stories, and the structure of the group and the project is slowly taking shape.

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By Louise Magnusson, Sweden and Julie Harrison, United States