BRAGANÇA Second mobility's diary By Anna Valvo On April 15th we left our town to take part in Erasmus KA2 project, precisely in the 2nd mobility in Portugal. I was with my two teachers, Virginia Puglisi and Gabriella Salvi and naturally there were other three schoolmates. We first went to Catania's airport and left to Rome. Arrived in Rome's airport we left to Madrid and, arrived there, we visited Puerta del Sol. But at first we had lunch with some typical Iberian ham. We saw a lot of things and we had a lot of fun: we bought gadgets, visited shops and saw some buskers. Besides I went in the subway for the first time. At about 7:30 p.m. we arrived in Bragança after seeing surprising landscapes during three hours of travel by bus. At the Agrupamento de Escolas Abade de Baçal our hosting families were waiting for us. Then we went to their houses but at first I went on a trip in the city. I finally arrived to “my Portuguese house”. It was great. I spent beautiful days in that house. The second day at 10:30 a.m. we did a presentation of our country, city, school and educational system. The Portuguese, Bulgarian and Polish students did the same. It was funny and interesting. At 12:00 a.m. we had lunch in the school canteen. I still remember the good taste of the food. I liked it and my friends too. Then I spent some time to visit the school on my
own. At 3:00 p.m. we went to Bragança city hall and visited it. We noticed a big fountain near the entrance and we took some photos. It was wonderful! But I got wet… We knew that the city hall uses renewable energy and it's a good initiative, everyone should do that in my opinion. The third day we attended for the first time a class in Portugal from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. I attended a history lesson with one of my Italian mate. At 9:30 a.m. all together we participated to the “Peddy paper”, a game to discover the city. I was in Chauriço Team, a great one. We were two Portuguese, one Italian, one Polish and one Bulgarian. It was constructive and funny, in fact the last point of the “list” was singing a song. We sang the Italian song famous all over the world “Bella ciao”. I will never forget it! After lunch we had a collective painting, that lasted 6 hours, 3 hours a day. I have no words to describe how fantastic, funny, constructive this collective work was. Every nation had to recreate a part of a painting divided in four parts. The most surprising part was that we finished not only with colors, but with tissue and sawdust, too. The best art class I've ever taken part to. At 5:00 p.m. we returned to our families. In the evening I met some of my Italian mates and their hosting friends. It was one of the funniest evening in my short life that I won't forget. We returned home at about 12:15 a.m. The fourth day we attended another class, English class this time! At 10:30 a.m. we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Graça Morais. I liked some paintings very much. A part of the museum was incredible, just like we were in an analogous world, there were sounds, frightening too, lights and a particular atmosphere. From 2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. we had the collective painting. At 5 p.m. we left school. The day after we attended a Portuguese class and at 9:30 a.m. we had a conference and experienced virtual reality. At 1:00 p.m. we visited the Castle and Military Museum. There I was a little bit frightened because the space was not very safe, for example the stairs’ steps were narrow. But it was wonderful. At 3:00 p.m. we got back again to school and we finally constructed the aura of the painting. I took the photo of the painting for the Italian group! At 5:00 we returned to the hosting families. I went on a hill and I saw all Bragança. It was spectacular. At 7:00 p.m. I returned to school, where I met my foreign
friends. We had the last evening together, there was the farewell dinner. It was a great evening, we danced some Sicilian songs as “Il ballo del cannolo” and Latinas songs. There I met new people, my Portuguese friends’ relatives and I had fun all the evening. Saying farewell we all cried so much!
The last day we visited Porto, its monuments and Lello’s Library, the library that inspired J.K. Rowling to write the Harry Potter saga. It was the biggest and the beauties library I've ever seen in my life. I saw hundreds and hundreds of books in there! Then we had lunch at McDonald's, the biggest one I've ever seen. We tasted the Porto wine. I liked it! The final farewell was the worst moment of this wonderful adventure, we cried for a lot of time. We first said hello to Polish and Bulgarian friends, in Porto, then with the Portuguese friends concluded the permanence in Bragança and the Erasmus adventure. In fact at 3:00 a.m. we left Bragança to return to Italy. All there was good: the food, the weather, the people. I liked very much the school, a big school, with a canteen, a café, a big school gym, a big area outside, a big library and big activities rooms and an incredible auditorium. In my opinion the most boring activity was the conference about virtual reality. The greatest activities were the “Peddy paper” and the collective painting because to do the best thing need to team work, much people that collaborate to do best and a sane competition between teams. This is the objective of all this: create good relationships and grow up. I feel that I grew up during this experience. It was needed. I learned new things, I saw new technologies and overall I knew new people and new cultures.
MY EXPERIENCE IN ERASMUS+
“POLAND” by Inserra Gabriele Hi, I'm Gabriele, I'm 13 years old and in October 2018 I went to Poland for Erasmus+. We all were from Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal. My experience was very good, the family that hosted me was so hospitable, and I still miss them. We visited a lot of places: Varsaw (The old and the new town), Piaseczno, Nowa Iwiczna and we had a lot of time for stay with our friend from other countries. We even did a lot of activities, like decoupage, a powerpoint presentation of our town and activities with VR. We had the
opportunity to learn the habitudes of other countries, for example, I didn't know that in northen Europe people leave their shoes before going into their own homes, or that polish people don't use their car to travel all around the town but they use their bike or public transport. The thing I liked most was the Science museum, in particular, the black room and the psychology pavillon. One thing I didn’t like was the old town in Varsaw, because it was very boring. I think Erasmus+ is the best way not only to learn English and other languages, but even to learn other countries habits
Our Erasmus mobility in Sofia diary On March 10th 2019, we went to Catania airport, we were sad to leave our families but happy to start a wonderful experience in Bulgaria,Sofia.
We arrived after 6 hours at Sofia airport, there we met our twins after 1 year away. It was a unique emotion! After changing our euros in ‘Leva’ we went to our twin’s home.
The next morning we woke up at 8 am, because we had go to our twinsâ€™ school. The school was more or less large, with many classrooms. There, each of us talked about our countries and schools.
After that we went to lunch at the restaurant near the school, they brought us a soup , it was not so good, anyway itâ€™s interesting to taste different food!â˜ş
The weather was changeable , sometimes it snowed and sometimes it was sunny. The next day we went to school and we danced the typical dances of Poland,Portugal,Italy and Bulgaria. That was so cool!
The houses in which we stayed were small but nice and comfortable; We were fine.
Every day we took the subway to go to school. There we met other Portuguese and Polish guys. They were very nice and joking, they made us feel really comfortable.
We visited a lot of very interesting places of artistic and cultural value. An example was the Russian Orthodox St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia
And lots of other wonderful places and monuments..
We almost always danced their typical dances and same thing as them, but the best part was when we taught our dance to them. This is so funny!
In our opinion it was a wonderful experience that we will want to do again a thousand more times. We learned that each nation has its own thoughts and way of doing things, we had a lot of fun. From Bulgaria we want to remember that it is unique place where I suggest everyone to visit. People are very helpful and kind.
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