Today’s the the first day here in Germany.
We took the plane this morning at 7 a.m., so we had to wake up at 4:30 a.m…really tiring.
During the flight I was very excited and I couldn’t stop thinking of Andra, my corrispondent!
Anyway, we had to make a change at Frankfurt’s Airport; we had to wait for three hours….so long! But in the end it wasn’t bad because I talked to Carolina, Federica and Claudia – the other girls who came to Germany with me – and at 12:55 we took another plane. When we arrived in Bremen, Andra came and she hugged me.
We arrived at Andra’s house and I what I saw was breathtaking; her house is very big, with two floors and a garden outside.
Then we went out and met some of the other guys in Westerstede principal square.
We came back home and at about 7:30 we had dinner, which was really strange for me; in Naples we’re used to have dinner at 8:30/9 p.m., while here at that time we should go to sleep. Absolutely different!
Today we went to school. I had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. and this was very difficult for me, because I usually wake up at 7:20. We stayed in a big classroom with all the Erasmus students and teachers and we played some games to get to know each other. At first, I was a bit shy and confused, due to the enormous amount of names, people told me, but in ten minutes, I was already speaking to everyone. After that we saw the other’s country presentation and we presented ours; then the Major of Westerstede came to give us his welcome. At about 1 p.m. we had lunch in the canteen all together and I had a lot of fun because of the great atmosphere we created!
In the afternoon we did the “Ralley” in the town, which consists in answering some questions, on the tour of the city.
When we came back school we had some free time to spend together and at 6:30 we had dinner in the canteen.
Today it was the day of the visit to Wangerooge lighthouse and so we had to wake up very early because the appointment with the others was at 6 a.m.
We took the bus and, honestly, inside of it we made a lot of noise with music.
When we arrived the weather was extremely windy and cold, but I didn’t notice it that much, because we were all together making jokes and games.
We did the rally all around Wangerooge Island, we saw the lighthouse and the Westtower and then we walked to another small village, we saw another lighthouse and hung around. I stayed with all German students and one Greek student, but he’s able to speak German, so they started kidding me because I was the only one who didn’t understand German…I BECAME REALLY ANGRY! No, of course I’m just joking. Anyway, we went to the seaside and met the others on the beach.
After that we took the bus and came back home.
This morning we went to school and did some activities: we created boardgames.
In the afternoon we went to another small village and saw another lighthouse; actually it was really small and cute. Carolina and I ate the typical waffel with Nutella…we don’t care that much about diet…
Then we came back home.
Today morning we went to school and we played the games we created yesterday. It was simply amazing, because the games were really funny and we all laughed a lot.
In the afternoon we had free time and we went to Friederike’s house, where we played really nice games and ate lots of chips. Oops!
And, finally, at 8 p.m. the party at Andra’s house started with all the students and the teachers. I enjoyed it so much, even because they put up decorations and It was like a disco, with lights and music and food and everything!
We had a really good time tonight, I will never forget it.
This morning we went to Bremenhaven and we went up to the terrace; the view was absolutely breathtaking! Then we did an interactive tour of the Immigration German Centre. Personally, I think it was such an interesting thing to do and very original, like everything we did during the week.
In the afternoon we visited Oldenburg, which is a very nice and welcoming city where I bought some presents for my friends and family.
And when we came back to Westerstede, everyone started crying, because it would be the last time we would see each other. It was destroying.
Today’s the last day in Germany and each foreign student stayed with his/her corrispondent family.
I went to a lovely city – whose name I don’t remember at the moment – with Andra, her parents and her sister. We enjoyed the whole day, relaxing in some parks and looking for some souvenirs.
At about 4 p.m. we took the car and started travelling to the airport, where we had to say goodbye. It was very difficult for me, because I fell in love with Andra and her family and the house and the dog. I love Germany and I promised I would come back there one day, sooner or later. We couldn’t stop crying, but I know I’ll never forget this amazing experience.
Michela Calabi from Naples, Italy
WHO: The “Keep on Shining!” Photo Contest is open to all students of the schools participating in the Erasmus + Project.
WHAT: We are looking for original, striking and beautiful images of lighthouses. Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief title, as well as the place where the photo was taken.
WHEN: All entries must be submitted in each school by 25th September 2017.
Voting for the 10 best pictures of each school will take place on 2nd October 2017.
These 10 best pictures will be part of the photo exhibition in Heraklion’s mobility together with the other countries. That means, in Heraklion 50 pictures will be exposed.
Voting for the 12 best pictures of these 50 will take place on Friday 20th October 2018.
HOW: All pictures must be printed in prhotographic paper, size A4. No exceptions are to be made.Up to 2 photographs may be submitted per person.
Students and teachers at each school will participate in the 1st voting. Each school will decide the way of doing it.
The Erasmus’ students and teachers in Heraklion’s mobility will participate in the 2nd voting.
WINNING ENTRIES: All entries may be used by our Erasmus + Project in printed publications, on our web, in a slideshow, or in any other media, and may be copied and displayed in any country, provided that all uses are accompanied by appropriate attribution to the photographer. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs.
The winner of the best one photo will win …..the Erasmus’ whole team respect and …a small present from the host country.
The 12 best pictures’ selection will be printed as a project’s calendar.
A selection of winning photos may be featured on our website- keeponshining.eu, twitter @keeponshiningpr and instagram @keeponshiningpr and in exhibitions at the participant schools.
LEGAL CONDITIONS: Entry of photographs into the Contest implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.
Copyright: By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used in printed publications, on the project’s website in a slideshow and screensaver, may be uploaded on the project’s social media channels, or in any other media, and may be copied and displayed in any country provided that you are afforded appropriate attribution as the photographer.
Our last mobility appears also in the cretan news!! Clic here to enter the website.
Westerstede’s mobility is over and we cannot express how grateful we are for the excellent organization and hospitality. It has been a wonderful week full of experiences, interesting activities, trips and fun!! Just unforgettable.
Thank you, Westerstede!!
Our Erasmus students are carrying out a wonderful project work consisting on creating their own boardgames. They could freely choose the design, rules and content of the boardgame and of course it has to be related to the lighthouses, which is our project’s topic, as you know. We are eager to play these games as soon as they finish!!