25th OCTOBER to 28th OCTOBER 2012
Finally in Poland! ! • A long journey is finished - we arrived to Poland. The first view is wonderful.a school is nice, clean and tidy. A Polish teacher met us and we went to the second floor where we were waited by Polish pupils. We quickly put our luggage and said goodbye to our teachers. They stayed in the hotel-palace, which was built in the 18th century, 10 km away from the school. We lived with the pupils from Slovakia, Poland and Turkey. All children were very kind. We all introduced each other and in order to remember the names we played memory games. Then we had all evening free. We communicate with each other, went to ICT classroom and sent emails to our parents. The first evening. In Poland was very nice. •
MEETING AT SCHOOL
Activities with our students
• The next morning we gathered into Art classroom where we had to present our country. So we made a poster about Lithuania. Our team succeeded – everything was done nicely and quickly. All we pupils partners from Turkey, Slovakia and Poland learnt technic of decupaz. We decorated glass vazes and bottles. After that we visited fabric of Christmas glass toys Piotrkow Trybunalski where we saw haow are Christmas toys made. Then we tried to decorate them themselves. Some of us decorated toys very nice, some of us worse but all we were very glad of such an interesting activity. Finally, easch of us were given a denominative Christmas toy. It was fantastic! The day was funny, impressive and interesting. • Deividas Bartkus
LITHUANIA • • • • • •
Capital (and the largest city) is Vilnius. Official language is Lithuanian. Government - Parliamentary Republic. President - Dalia Grybauskaitė. Area - Total 65,300 km2. Population: 2011 - 3,053,800 people, 2012 - 2,986,072 people. • Calling code – 370.
TRADITIONAL FOOD Most popular dishes are: - Didžkukuliai - Zeppelinz - The soup Šaltibarščiai - Cold Borscht (Beetroot Soup) - the drink Gira – kvass.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC • Sutartinės – glee songs - are highly unique examples of folk music. They are an ancient form of two and three voiced polyphony, based on the oldest principles of multivoiced vocal music.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC â€˘ Mikalojus Konstantinas ÄŒiurlionis was a Lithuanian painter and composer. During his short life he created about 200 pieces of music. His works have profound influence on modern Lithuanian culture.
TRADITIONAL CLOTHES AUKŠTAITĖ
TRIP TO ŁÓDŹ
Visit to the Museum of the Factory
Walk around the town
A trip to Lodze In the morning we had breakfast and started our trip. It took a long time till we reached our journey destination – Lodze. We went past a bog shopping mall, then we saw a lot of building which belonged to former manufactory. Nowadays everything changed and there is only a big square surrounded with buildings. Everything looks like in a fairy-tale: benches and fountains are colourful like in wonderland. In the museum we had an educative activity: we were given scissors, paper, pencils, some tapestry material, drew some picture, then cut it out, painted. Our works – pictures were different and nice. Then we were showned how tapestry is made. It was very interesting. On the way back to school we taught other pupils some Lithuanian words. The trip was wanderful! Norvaišaitė Gustė
Workshop at the Glass Christmas tree decoration factory
VISIT TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITHIES
VISIT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL in PIOTRKÓW TRYB
TRIP TO CZĘSTOCHOWA Visit to Jasna Góra Monastery
Visit to the Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt mine •
On Saturday, the last day before leaving home, we visited Wieliczka Salt mine near Cracow. A guide told us how salt was dug. The ancient salt digging teshnology was keen-witted – salt was dug by people and horses. We got to know the history of salt mine origin. According to a legend, a princess called the Blessed Kinga threw her ring into a salt mine at Marmaros in Hungary. While travelling from Marmaros to Cracow, she stopped at Wieliczka and her servants were told to dig a well. Instead of water, salt was discivered – and in the first lump of salt which was taken out, Kinga‘s ring was found. The salt was dug from XIII century till 1996. It is a very impressive place – everything is cevered with salt. Nowadays visitors are shown how salt was mined long ago. We saw the enormous chambers which have been dug out of the solid rock, pretty green lakes, chapels with beautiful carvings, tunnels, underground caves with huge salt crystals in strange shapes. It is very difficult to tell the beauty of this mine, so I‘d like to invite everyone to visit it and see. Believe me, it is vey interesting!