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April 2012

IN THIS MONTH... Hi everyone, second month in England... adapting to this weather, the culture, the people and everything... and I have to say, like the song, “I feel good!!” The last weekend I went to Haworth, a wonderful little town with some volunteers and friends. It was my first excursion out of my project, although with the project I have done more and I really liked it, It has been nice to see some peaceful countryside again. Talking with an old local man I learnt that birdsong announces the warm and sunny weather!! This month I would like to say a special thank you to Eva for the conversations, for her help, for our jokes, cushions, slides and many laughs; for the cycle journeys and her good work, that is making mine easier...Thank you!

SPECIAL EVENTS 5th April: Festival Amazing Graze Leeds. 5th April: Event “1World: 1Love”. 10th April: Jazz Jam Session Ben Lowman The Sela Bar, 20 New Briggate. Free entry! 11th -21th April: 19th International Film Festival in Bradford. National Media Museum. Until 14th April: Art - Sophie Ryder Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. Work draws on human animal and mythological forms. - Vladimir Markov at Henry Moore Institute: Displays and Fictions.

25th April: “Trishna”, Independent movie, at Otley Courthouse 7:45pm


Which was the place you liked most in England? Brighton and Hove. Date of birth? 28/06/1983. Where do you come from? Nice, France. 3 interesting things about you.

- I love photography. - I’m a bit vegetarian. - I like British humour.

Place of residence: Bradford. Arrival-Departure dates: 21/01/13 -> 21/08/13. Culinary speciality Inverted bowl.

Are you planning to travel during your EVS? I hope ! What was your most interesting cultural discovery in England? Having few drinks with my boss. What are your expectations for this experience? Meeting foreigners, getting experience in social work, making the most of the British culture. What is your biggest achievement you think you will have in EVS? To understand English people! Would you improve something of your project? What about? I would like more opportunities to meet people, as I work 3 days a week in a office.

The thing you can’t forgive to put in your What will you do when you finish your suitcase project? My camera. I would like again to volunteer abroad on a long term, and to contribute to a humanist What did you do before coming in England? cause. I used to be an engineer specialized in water supply, and then to work for the protection of And in 10 years time? biodiversity in Niort, France. To continue to serve others :) Did you travel in England before? One time.


KIRKSTALL ABBEY Kirkstall Abbey is a wonderful Abbey House Museum Opening place to spend a sunny day. Times. You can see the amazing ruins of a Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm Medieval Cistercian Abbey. There Saturday 12 Noon to 5pm is a visitor centre that you can Sunday 10am to 5pm also visit for free and discover the history about that place and know how Monks lived there. The abbey is surrounded by a huge and great park with a river and some banks to enjoy a picnic. on the other side of the road there is also the Abbey House Museum that I have been suggested to visit, it costs around £3 but I think It’s worth it because many people have told me that it is beautiful.

Where: Abbey Rd Kirkstall. Leeds. When: Any day 11-4pm (except Monday) Park open all day.

Cost: £3.80/ Concession: £2.80 (20% discount with a Leeds Card/Breeze Card).

AMAZING GRAZE Amazing graze is a celebration a lantern, circus workshops, festival organized by Manjit’s a live graffiti wall, an open Kitchen and Leftbank. mic stage and many other activities. You could find food stalls and music, Jonny Walker will You probably will enjoy headline on Friday and The seeing some of the best street Vickers of Skiffle on Saturday performers from ASAP an with DJs to follow. Association of Street Artists You can participate in art and Performers). workshops, such as making

Where: Leftbank, Cardigan Road. Leeds. When: Friday 5th April (5pm-11 pm). Saturday 6th (12-11pm).

Cost: Free. Maybe you will need cash. More info:


HAND MADE IN BRADFORD On my on-arrival training in Bradford I discovered a nice place just in the centre of the city recently opened. It looks like a hand made shop, but in the first floor you can find music, art, an exhibition space, activities.

Bradford so maybe it is a good place to visit and get to know an interesting opportunity to learn or exchange information and skills.

You can find opportunities to volunteer, interesting people such as photographers, dancers, It seems to be very open to visual artists. You can learn some initiatives and they have many tips to improve the presentation activities and information about of your CV or to find work.

Where: 1 Tyrrel St in the former Virgin store

When: Whenever Cost: Free

BLANKET AND MOVIE This spring came with cold and snow so why not come back to my favourite plan for “winterplan for evenings�. It is a blanket and a good movie. you can enjoy it for free at home with some good friends.

Anyway this month we will have the chance to see the 19th International film festival in Bradford. There is also the Widescreen weekend from the 26th -28th of April.

Where: National Media Museum When: 11th -21th April Cost: Individual Tickets on sale on 7th of March

More info: www.nationalmediamuseum.


Hi all,

We spent our first day walking around the city centre and the I’m Lilla, an EVS volunteer from wonderful riverside with a series Hungary. I moved to England to of giant bridges crossing the River volunteer in a primary school in Tyne. I am an active member of Leeds for a year. CouchSurfing so we spent the night I have already written about my at another CouchSurfer’s place. The project previously so this time I next day we visited the beach and would rather like to focus on the the small seaside villages of South EVS life outside of the project. EVS Shields and Tyremouth before is not only about volunteering for leaving Newcastle for Edinburgh. an organization but it is also about discovering a different culture.

The medieval streets of the Old Town with the mystic Edinburgh Castle really takes you back in time and surrounds you with the unique Scottish atmosphere. The Calton Hill is not to be missed either – the top of the hill gives you a breathtaking view towards the city centre.

One of the best ways to do so is – of course – travelling. Therefore, I have recently visited Scotland and in this article I would like to share this experience with you. I was really happy when Nóra, my Hungarian friend of mine booked her flight ticket to visit me and to go on an Edinburgh-Glasgow Scottish trip with a stop in Newcastle.

On the first day we had lunch in a lovely local restaurant. After a weekend in Leeds, we first Edinburgh really is the capital Needless to say, we had the most headed to Newcastle. Newcastle is of Scotland for a reason and it well-known traditional Scottish beautiful city just at the end of the absolutely deserves its title. The dish; the haggis (with neeps and famous Hadrian’s Wall, close to the 2.5 days was definitely not enough tatties – that is turnip and potato). Scottish border. for exploring this magnificent city.


Thanks to our Scottish CouchSurfing host All in all, I honestly fell in love with we had the chance to meet a bunch of Scotland and the Scottish people and I locals and got quite an introduction to am definitely gonna return in the future. the Scottish culture (and slang!). Until then, I keep on eating the good old Our last destination was Glasgow. Being haggis – after recently discovering that rather an industrial city Glasgow doesn’t it is sold even in the supermarkets of attract with its architectural beauty like Leeds! Edinburgh does. Instead, its charm lies in what is hidden under the surface: its After this and my previous trips in the superfriendly Glaswegian people and UK, I think I could get beyond the surface the endless opportunities including its and got to know more about the British active cultural scene, busy nightlife and culture. Therefore I feel like my EVS is a the vast range of shopping possibilities. full EVS experience that combines both While Glasgow obviously has less tourist work and life experience. attractions and it is a much less touristy place than Edinburgh, it has some hidden treasures such as the spooky Necropolis right next to the Glasgow Cathedral.

Nóra (left) and me (right) in front of the Glasgow City Chambers.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Torrijas /Pain perdu (French toasts)

I’m going to share with you all, my mum’s recipe of the most typical desert of Easter in Spain. She doesn’t understand about quantity or time, she always says: at a guess, or “when actually smells”... Ingredients: - Dry Bread (better a baguette or loaf than sandwich bread, anyway it can be done with both). - Milk. - Sugar. - Cinnamon & cinnamon stick. - A bit of lemon peel. - 1 egg. - Vegetable oil. Process: 1. Warm up the milk with sugar, cinnamon stick and a bit of lemon peel take off the fire. 2. Beat an egg. 3. Put the bread slides soaking on the milk just 2’. 4. Take them out with love and care and coat in egg/batter. 5. Fried them in hot vegetable oil. 6. Put them on kitchen paper, put on them some sugar with cinnamon 7. Allow them to cold, and enjoy it!! You can also put them on the fridge for one o two hours if you prefer.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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