In this Writer’s Journal, you will have the opportunity to begin to gather observations for Writing Project #2 and to work on fieldnotes about those observations. To that end, be sure to review the course materials on making observations and fieldnotes. Then, go to the place where you can observe the phenomenon that will be the focus of your ethnography. Be sure to bring something to write with (pen & paper, computer, etc.).
Take notes using the questions below to help guide you (be sure not to make judgments—take notes only on what you observe). Remember that you will first need to take observation notes and then later turn them into fieldnotes (via the questions below):
Next, turn your observations to the people and their actions (being sure not to make judgments):
My fiend notes
Tuesday 19/9/2017 19:00Updated Sep 19th, 2017
Who is present?
Me and my husband, other couples, families, friends and staff. Also, one cat and mosquitoes that bit me! 😡
Who is absent?
Greek and English. Formal language between staff and clients and informal language between customers.
Characteristics of the people
Balance between males and females.
Ages: most are in their thirties and forties. Two infants and one kid around four years old.
Dress: informal, casual style.
What objects are in the space?
Tables, chairs: some are empty, a baby is on a chair, I have my bag on the chair next to me.
Trees and plants: they are decorative and the trees are shaped as a natural umbrella that provides shadow and freshness.
The rocks are decorative but kids climb on them and use them as a game.
The low lights are hidden in the leaves of the trees and they look like they are part of the trees.
The lake is the main attraction of the area.
The glasses are used to serve the drinks and the plates are used to serve the food.
Ashtrays are used by smokers, as this is an open area.
The building is used as a cafeteria and restaurant.
There is wifi, however, it is not open. We can ask if it is free or not. 3G is not good, making my work here difficult. 😳
Dogs are allowed. I don't know if other pets are allowed and who is not allowed to be in this place. We are not allowed to approach the lake and swimming is forbidden here. Only some ΕΥΔΑΠ employees have access.
It is not considered a cheap place, however, people are dressed casually perhaps because of the purpose of the place, that offers relaxation. Someone dressed very formally might feel uncomfortable, unless there is an event, for example, a birthday party. Someone who talks and laughs loud would stand out, as the music is light and it is not very noisy. A kid who is talking loud and running or crying also. Moreover, a tourist from another culture could stand out if he or she is dressed in a particular way. If they are dressed in the way Greeks do, they could blend.
The Greek culture regarding coffee is represented all over the place. The comfortable chairs, for instance, represent our value that views drinking coffee as a relaxing activity. This tells that people of my culture see having a drink as entertainment and a way to socialize.
Jazz music, low lights, the lights resplend on the lake: it is calming and relaxing.
Little flow of movement.