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ERASMUS+ GREECE/Expectations Vs Reality

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The journey

The leaving was set for 2 a.m. in Rapallo; It was finally time to start this whole new chapter of our project and we were happier than ever. We set off really early, so we tried to sleep a bit both on the bus and the plane, but we hardly managed as the excitement and anticipation have been building up for weeks.

Firstly, we arrived at the airport of Bergamo Orio Al Serio, and we had breakfast there. Then we landed at Thessaloniki and started our trip by bus. It took us some time to realize that we actually landed in Greece: it was surreal.

 

Expectations

Indeed we had very high expectations for this trip,  as we have been constantly talking to the Greek guys we hosted here in Italy for weeks at that time. Looking forward to meeting our friends once again was the predominant feeling, we missed them lots; But also, getting to know new people and seeing the place we had been hearing of for a long time, Edessa.

As we started leaving the big city and getting in the rural area we noticed the first the differences in the landscape and the buildings. Everything we saw was very green, the houses small and every writing in Greek. In the beginning it was fun to try and read the sign with the correct pronunciation, but soon we realized that modern Greek was very different than Ancient Greek, that we study at school. Just like we expected. We also pictured the typical greek architecture sites and historical patrimony that we are used to study on books, and it was all there.

Reality

When we first arrived, screams and shouts. We warmly hugged our Greek friends, who greeted us kindly, and started to realize just how different our cultures were.

The place had barely any signal, different climate and different colours, but getting to know all of this was a beautiful experience.
All of the streets were clean of any rubbish, covered in stray cats and dogs, and it was very safe. Some locals told us it had been about 6 years since the last theft, which is impressive.

It’s time to come back

We made the most out of this project, lived every minute of this amazing opportunity. Indeed, when it was time to get back home, we were all sad. Romanians, Greeks, Armenians, Spanish, Polish and Italians: we were all crying. It has been  an incredible experience, we met new people and built new friendships, we were able to get to know new cultures, not only the Greek one but all the other countries’ too. Exchanging knowledge, habits, opinions…our points of view were widened by all of this.

On the way back to Rapallo we realized just how much this project gave us and that now we could count on a friend on the other side of the world.

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ERASMUS WŁOCHY/Zacznijmy jeszcze raz!

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Relacja z realizacji projektu Erasmus + “eUropean Fellowship for Digital Citizenship”

Po półtorarocznej realizacji projektu za pomocą narzędzi zdalnych, w dniach 17-23 marca 2022 delegacja uczniów I Liceum Ogólnokształcącego wyruszyła na od dawna wyczekiwane spotkanie miedzynarodowe we włoskim Rapallo, gdzie razem z uczniami z Grecji, Rumunii, Hiszpanii, Włoch i Turcji (online) uczestniczyła w warsztatach dziennikarskich związanych z publikowaniem treści w internecie, dotyczącymi takich zagadnień, jak dobór treści, redagowanie, tworzenie marki, stosowanie grafik i infografik, czy wreszcie tworzenie bloga.

Oczywiście, nie zabrakło też czasu na zwiedzanie malowniczego Rapallo i pobliskiego Portofino, a nawet skosztowanie prawdziwej, włoskiej pizzy. Z żalem opuszczaliśmy ciepłe Rapallo, ale osłodą była świadomość, że już w maju widzimy się w greckiej Edessie!

Pełna fotorelacja: https://1lo-sulecin.edupage.org/news/

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ERASMUS+ GREECE/Day 4

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One last day

For the last day before leaving, May 7th, we had the whole day for ourselves. First of all, we took some rest from the rush of adrenaline of the last days and decided to spend the last moments of our trip together. So we agreed to meet at 11 a.m. for breakfast in a really nice bar in the center of Edessa, where we ate some delicious pancakes. Afterwards, we walked to the waterfalls for the last visit in the place and we also admired a typical flower exhibition. There, we bought some presents for our kind host families and some souvenirs to take to Italy.  At 3 p.m. we returned home, we had lunch with our hosts and at 6 p.m. off we went.

The fare well party

The destination was the school’s fare well party, with all the Greek parents and the major of Edessa himself. Professors from each country made their speech and us pupils presented the slides of the presentation we’ve been working on for the past days. Everyone looked enthusiastic about our project and we couldn’t be more happy about that, but we soon realized that it was almost over. The friends that we bonded with the next day would be gone, back to their hometowns. But we erased this feeling, reserving it for the morning after, to spend a nice night together. We ate typical Greek food that every family brought on their own and, with international songs and the beautiful friendships we built, we had one last dance.

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ERASMUS+ GREECE/Day 3

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On the third day of the Erasmus week, May 6, we went to visit Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece after Athens.
We left in the morning with a bus and the trip, although a bit long, was pleasant, we listened to music all together and we had fun.

Pella and Thessaloniki

Before arriving at our destination we stopped in Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great; that is a historic place full of remains of ancient columns, mosaics and somethings like that. After the visit of Pella we continued the journey and we finally arrived in the city. We were greeted by a guide who accompanied us for about an hour and explained the history of the city showing us its main places.

We visited the White Tower, landmark of the city, on the seafront, which houses the museum dedicated to the history of the city from the Roman era until today.
We saw the archaeological sites of Thessaloniki: we were in an area characterized by the remains of the ancient city, you could see arches, streets and public areas dating back to centuries past.
We visited the “Rotunda of Saint George”, a Roman mausoleum transformed into a church, inside it was covered with frescoes and was very beautiful.

Conclusion of the day

After the guided tour, which showed us very interesting aspects of Thessaloniki, our host girls took us to eat in a typical fast food (we ate hamburger and fries), and after, walking along the greate sea promenade, where we could see some very special boats, we went to do some shopping. Finally we went back to the meeting point, the White Tower, and we took the bus to Edessa.
After being rested and washed we met again in the evening for go to a club where many young people usually meet.

It was a very long day but definitely enjoyable!

Thessaloniki

Pella

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