Icelandic bananas

So, over 5 years ago I told my friend: Iceland has the biggest plantation of bananas in Europe. He laughed. And it's topic he laughs about each time we see each other.

It's at 1 a.m. I walk alone on the road next to Hveragerdi thinking about bananas. This time I browse it in Icelandic and it says that the University of Agriculture in Iceland does research on bananas. I check where it is - 100km north from Reykjavik. Ok. I spend two days on glaciers in the south with a friendly Glacier Guides and since I need to go back to Reykjavik I know my next destination is the University of Agriculture, but first I go towards Hveragerdi which happens to be one of the areas with geothermal fields and I really want a warm bath.

Next ride stops over (i am hitchhiking), 80 years old Icelandic man, in the next 2 min he's showing me his album with pictures from Arizona from the 60s, then of his house in Reykjavik. I ask what did he do till his retirement. He says he used to work in greenhouses and he studied and worked on the University of Agriculture...
I ask where the bananas are, he says that they are in the same place as in the '60s, in Hveragerdi.
Gates are open, no one's in the area, but he knows exactly where we're going. Bananas are next to greenhouses he used to work in. He knows the side door, we step In laughing. I can see coffee, flowers, and bananas.

such a nice little story from before the Moot in 2017 

Syrian Private Scouts in Turkey

Syrian Scouts is a 15,000 organisation in Istanbul, South-East Turkey and some areas under Free Syrian Army occupation. They are un-officially recognised by Turkish government and work under Turkish Scout Federation wing, with their help they participate in free camps and can use their facilities and programme. Within their work they focus on self-dependence, openness but also national identity, which becomes harder every day with PICTES Syrian Kids Integration Educational School Programme funded by EU to help their assimilation with Turks and cutting down hours of school teaching in Arabic. Currently they work on development of leaders. .
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