ETCR SURVIVAL GUIDE 2010 How to survive a course in bruges
Before your Departure 1.1
European Health Insurance Card
Get your European Health Insurance Card.
At ETCR course
How to get there
Life Cost & Food
Weather in Bruges
Internet / Access PC
How to communicate
How to leave Bruges
ETCR SURVIVAL GUIDE
3 Dear ETCR participant, this guide will help you to get through the ETCR Course. In this brochure you will find some clues and hints which we hope will help you during your days in Bruges Of course, it is extremely interesting for you to know some more about the European Training Centre for Railways and itâ€™s seminars. Please visit our website www.etr.eu.
Before your Departure
1.1 European Health Insurance Card Get your European Health Insurance Card. This card will simplify procedures when receiving medical care during your stay in another Member State. To find out more, contact your national social security office or its local branches. Be aware that it does not replace normal travel insurance. It only relates to necessary care following an accident, for example, or on-going care for a serious medical condition. The card does not cover someone who chooses deliberately to have medical treatment in another Member State
1.2 Relevant Contacts When travelling in a foreign country always have the address and number of your country embassy with you. www.embassyworld.com
1.3 Personal Documents Make a photocopy of your identity card and passport, and always carry it with you.
At the ETCR seminar
2.1 How to get there If you have FIP facilities, these should be provided by your own company before you leave.. Any reservations for your journey from your home to Bruges and back should be arranged by yourself . • From Bruxelles airport to Bruxelles Midi/Zuid • From Bruxelles Midi/Zuid to Bruges station. Bruges is about 50 mins from Brussels Midi/Zuid railway station. High speed trains link Brussels with London, Paris, Amsterdam, Köln, Berlin and connect to the wider European network. Bruges main railway station is the focus of lines to the Belgian coast. It also provides at least hourly trains to all other major cities in Belgium, as well to Lille in France. In addition, there are several regional and local trains. The main station is also a stop for the Thalys train Paris–Brussels– Ostend. Bus links to the city centre are frequent, but you also can walk from the railway station, it will only take you 25 minutes to the Residence and a 20 minute to the Market Square. When you arrive Bruges station, a taxi or bus (nr. 3 or 13 until stop “Kipstraat”; Bus 4 or 14 until stop “Jan Van Eyckplein”) will take you to the Residence, Oost-Gistelhof, Oost-Gistelhof 11.
2.2 Living Costs & Food The Post Graduation Course fees include accommodation in the College of Europe Residence Oost-Gistelhof and all meals during the whole period of the course. The College ´s restaurant is situated at Garenmarkt 15, near the course rooms, and offers cold salad buffet, three main dishes, a vegetarian option and a wide range of fruits and desserts. However if you wish to avoid to differ your meals, the canteen, the average price of a menu in an average restaurant: €25 €, a beer costs €4.
2.3 Weather in Bruges Bruges is known as “the Venice of the North”, and is close to the English Channel. It is also one of the rainiest cities in Belgium. The average temperature in July is 22º, but don’t forget to bring an umbrella.
2.4 Internet / Access PC At the students residence ETCR offers you free cabled internet access. Just don´t forget to bring a network cable in your luggage. You may be able to rent a cable from the seminar organisers. Furthermore, a fully equipped computer room is accessible via the college library, offering internet, fixed network access points and
wireless access, e-mail, word-processing and other software facilities to students. The computer room is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays. Please take note that laptop use is not allowed during the sessions, but useful (during breaks and after the lectures) for the group works to be delivered during the course (the general project), as well as for your own researches.
2.5 How to communicate Multicultural team work and networking can be challenging, and your English skills can be rusty; you can prepare yourself by bringing a small bilingual dictionary. In order to ease your team work during the course don´t forget to bookmark some useful websites: IATE EU ´s multilingual term base Google´s translator As a preparation maybe you should give a glance to the ABC of European Institutions and basic railway European legislation: http://ec.europa.eu http://ec.europa.eu/transport/rail/index_en.htm
2.6 Sundays Bruges is a very active city and during your free day there’s a lot of interesting activities to do. Here some ideas: •
Rent a bike and discover Bruges: Cost: about 8 € for a half day, 12 € for 1 day Possible addresses • Eric Popelier (Mariastraat 26 - near Simon Stevinplein) - Tel. +32 (0)50 34 32 62 • De Ketting (Gentpoortstraat 23 - near Astridpark) - Tel. +32 (0)50 34 41 96
Get on the train and visit Oostende or any other Belgian city. If you want and get the right train tickets, you can even visit London, Paris or Amsterdam in one single day.
During the first week, we will also provide you with information of all events, theatre, cinema, sports, and so on during the week end.
On 10 and 11 July 2010 the Minnewater park will be the scenery of an important music festival. Among others, Elvis Costello, Macy Gray and Tory Amos will perform there.
Bring your training shoes (sneakers).
How to leav ;-)
ETCR is a good opportunity to enlarge your professional network, so don’t forget to bring personal cards to distribute to you colleagues.
9 http://wikitravel.org/en/Bruges Also look at our website “about Bruges”: www.etcr.eu.