Peloponnese Reflections

Ryan Peña

Communications 101

The most interesting aspect of communications I noticed occurred during the ski portion of our trip to Peloponnese. While skiing, there were several times that i was able to effectively communicate with people despite being unable to speak their language and their inability to speak English. Usually, when people in Greece are not fluent in English, they know enough to be able to communicate. This time, there were several times where neither of us were able to verbally communicate at the lodge or the lifts. What I noticed helped was when people used very obvious, simple hand gestures. The hand gestures were usually combined with insistent words that I couldn't understand. This made me appreciate the importance of nonverbal communication over verbal communication more.