So I’m going to make an introduction. Yeah.
This is Hamish from New Zealand. He’s 28 years old and he, he’s usually a very grumpy character, but today… it’s in a good mood.
So we’re just going to take this chance and try to talk to it while we still have one.
Nikulas- Hi, how are you?
Hamish- Hi. I’m actually good. Yeah, I’m good. I feel like you intro|d me quite well…Well it doesn’t quite summarize my personality well,immediately after you met me for the first time, grumpiness is not the um, the personality trait I like to put forward.
N- No, it’s definitely crashing cars.
. Hamish is very musically inclined and he also studied film in New Zealand
H- New Zealand, right.
N- That’s where you study film.
H- I’m from New Zealand and all of my education in New Zealand.
N- And how did you, how’d you get into film if you don’t mind me asking?
H- Um. Was a childhood obsession, I probably found out what a director was after watching star
wars episode one phantom menace and-
H- I figured that’s it. Yeah, it was like nine years old. I had the book, I was flicking through it, lots of George Lucas looking impressive and then, and, and obviously I was pretty impressed by it. Who doesn’t love films growing up and then you’re trying to pick a career and your dad’s like, what are you going to do when your older son and you’re like, well I’m going to be a director obviously. So then you get to university and you ended up just writing essays on films for four years. That’s pretty good fun.
N- I mean it’s like artistic since you’re a director, you’re also the boss so your family can’t really knock on you too much.
H- Yeah. It’s pretty cool actually.
N- Do you like being in Sammatz?
I do. I’ve been in Sammatz for 12 point five months now. Twelve point five months
N- but not continuously?
H- not continuously, no. I stayed for five months. I went home for two, came back to Germany. I stayed for another five months. My visa ended. I left the country and now I’m back as a
tourist, which is something that a New Zealander to can do. I guess it’s a privilege and an honor to be able to spend this amount of time in Germany.
N- They let you guys be tourists here?
… Slightly struggles with using the word “Tourists” in a Kiwi accent – Terrorists, tourists, terrorists. …
H- No, of course not terrorists.
N- But even if you’re working beside me, your accent is hard to understand
H- I’ll try to speak as clearly as possible. But yes. So is a great place. It has been overall a fantastic opportunity to be here for the summer-
N- Okay. Stop. Stop right there. You don’t have to make a promo here.
H- I thought this is what we’re doing. We are promoting Sammatz
N- but we don’t have to make a promo spot for it. I mean you’re, you’re a super interesting person… And um, so one of the things that I like about you Hamish is that 90 percent of the time I’m going to say 90, not 100 percent because I don’t want to pump you up too much, is that you have something interesting to say or you’re reading about something that’s kind of interesting or you’re watching a documentary about something that’s kind of interesting and I think that’s refreshing because a lot of the people here, you know, maybe they’re a little bit younger and they just don’t have the same interests, you know?
H- Um, they haven’t switched onto the world yet?
N- In a sense. Yeah. So whenever I want to have a refined opinion on something, I know that if I come talk to you-
You’ll get a somewhat intellectual.
Well, no, it’s pretty intellectual. And if it’s not intellectual,at least I know that you’ve put a degree of thought into what you say, you know, even if it’s just in the moment.
N- I think that’s really refreshing. So what have you been doing? What have you been reading? What have you learned in the last 24 hours?
H- I watched a documentary on Bosnia. It’s about the genocide that happened by the Serbian army against the Bosnian Muslims in about 1995. Um, but this documentary debated whether it was a genocide and put some of the blame on the Muslim people, but I researched this a little bit and I think that the documentary is a little bit biased, so, you know, it’s hard to say. It goes against the rulings of the war committee.
Anyways, I also had some jams last night with several other people, we played some music.
N- Like the dancing music?
H- Yeah, yeah, yeah. It was basic folk music. Yeah, it’s nice. It’s fun.
It’s funny. Because now when I hear Hans Michael walking by, he’ll be whistling those tunes,the dance tunes, and they get stuck in the back of my head. You know, it just works on me subconsciously.
N- Do you go to the dances?
H- Sometimes. Yeah, I’ve been to a few…I have to tell people about this.
Sometimes we have dances and it’s just a good time. We play a couple of different songs and we all make one big circle and we’ll dance to those songs. It’s actually a lot of fun.
N- How many times have you been here?
H-This is my third time.
N- Third time. Why do you keep coming back Hamish?
H- I come back for the people that I’ve met.
N- Are you lying right now?
H- There’s no lie. This is no lie. It’s as close as it gets to a home for me in Europe.
A few weeks ago I was in Bosnia. I was lost in Bosnia. I had no idea where to go and you know, it was, it was reassuring and comforting to know that I had my second home in Sammatz, and that I could come back that because otherwise, you know, I’m a New Zealander, lost in Europe without any friends without a flight home.
N- You’ve got exactly one friend.
H- And so now I have one friend, Niko, the person doing this interview and I knew where I can find him, at Sammatz. And that’s what I want to say, you know, it’s pretty unique to have a home like this.
N- That’s pretty awesome.
N- So do you have any closing thought? Anything that you would like to say to someone that maybe thinking about coming here?
H- Well, if you’re thinking about coming here, I would say if you’ve got three weeks minimum in Germany and you should write an email, put what your strengths and your weaknesses, what you would like to do, and if you get a reply saying yes, then you should come. Keep in mind that not everyone does get accepted to come here. So if you do get that opportunity, you should take it.
N- It’s true. We have a very tight space here because we have a lot of people.
H- SSure there’s a lot of people, there’s 60 or 70, but there’s also a lot of people applying through work away now. And for me, I think this is the best work away I’ve been to. I would also say that you should come for three weeks minimum. Any less than that, and then you’re not really going to experience it the way you should. You don’t really get to meet people in the same way and, and even a month to two months is better. Yeah. You kind of absorb the culture a little bit…
N- I agree. The first or second week you kind of sort of arrive in a sense. because you start to make friends, you have to start to hang out with them and it’s really tough to do when you are here for just one or two weeks.
H- Yeah. You don’t. You make different kinds of friends if you’re in a work away for two weeks than for a month. Yeah. And so, and that’s the thing like we wish we could accept everyone but we can’t, you know, we just have a lot of applications and it’s a little bit tough sometimes. Some very surprising things have happened because I’ve stayed here for a year such as meeting people last summer, last August, saying goodbye to them, thinking I would never see them again. And then seeing them again and it being even more magical than the year before. So that’s one thing that’s really nice.
N- Anyways, that was, that was Hamish. He’s from New Zealand and um, we love Hamish even though he never stops crashing the cars.
H-To be, to be fair, I drove the cars very successfully for six months.
N- Just not as successfully as someone who might not have crashed them.
H- It was just an unfortunate mistake, but no cars and no people were harmed in the making of this recording. We weren’t in a car, I wasn’t driving when we did this interview. We’re just sitting down in the garden.