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Cristina’s travel journal: Heraklion

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Valeria’s diary: My experience in Crete

by Valeria Acquaviva, class 3A

First Day: Monday
This morning, when I got up, I was so excited. I had a shower, I got dressed and I had breakfast with milk and biscuits. When we arrived at school, I met so many people and all of them looked nice. We played a lot of games to introduce to each other, then we had a break and we tried to build a mosaic: Hilario, a Spanish teacher, showed us how to do. He is very skillful!
Later we had lunch with some of Marianita’s friends, they were very friendly to me. Marianita isn’t only my correspondent: she is a true friend!
I tasted pita, it is a traditional Greek dish, and I liked it so much!
We came back home, and so I could relax. Later we went to school and we put our pictures of the lighthouse on the wall for the photo contest.
In the evening we went to a party at a student’s cottage, we listened to music, we danced and we had a lot of fun!
Now I’m at home, it’s only the first day and I’m so tired… but I’m happy and I can’t wait for tomorrow.
Day 2: Tuesday
Like yesterday, we went to school and there, we took the coach and we went to Heraklion centre. So we had a tour with some tablets that showed us what the city was like many years ago. At 11 o’clock we went to Starbuck’s and I ate a delicious muffin.
We went to the museum, we saw many ancient vases, jewels and paintings of Minoan civilization. I think the visit was very interesting and the tour guide was very professional but,unfortunately, many guys didn’t like it.
We came back home, we relaxed and then we went to a party. We played volleyball and we had fun all together.
We came back home… I wished this day had not ended so soon!
Day 3: Wednesday
When I got up, I was tired but I was so excited to see the other guys. At 8 o’clock, we arrived at school, we took the coach and we went to ”Crete Aquarium”. We saw many different kinds of fish and we took many photos, then we went to Cnosso palace and we listened to the tour guide about its history: it was very interesting. Later we went shopping and we bought a lot of souvenirs, we had a lot of fun, taking selfies with funny hats and sunglasses and we came back home. When we came back school we built five small models of the lighthouses, one for each country. It was nice working all together!
After school we went to a park where we could talk and play. I had dinner at home, Marianita’s mum cooked a fantastic pie and she promised tomorrow I would taste some traditional food. While I’m writing, I’m smiling, and I don’t know why…
Day 4: Thursday
This morning I got up very early because we had to go on trip. We took the coach and there we had a lot of fun, singing and talking together. We arrived in Chania: it is a small city, but it is very nice.
We went to the Venetian port, the view was very suggestive and I took so many photos that I finished the free storage of my camera…How will I live now without taking photos? I have to admit: I love taking photos so much!
Then we visited Chania lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in all the Mediterranenan sea. It was a bit far, so we had to walk a lot. Later we had the time for an ice-cream in an Italian ice-cream shop. It was delicious. So we came back to the coach and we went to Rithymna and we saw an other lighthouse, but I didn’t like it too much because it is forsaken.
We took a coffee all together and we came back home. This day was very tiring but we saw so many interesting things, and I had a lot of fun with my new European friends!
Day 5: Friday
Today it was very relaxing. In the morning we went to school and we presented many important people from our countries and we talked about them, so it was very interesting, as we could learn many things. Later we came to school to vote the photos displayed at the exhibition. We had lunch at home, so I could try another traditional Greek dish, that was really delicious. Later, we went to a party at school, beautifully organized with students’ and professional dancers’ performances. We danced some traditional Greek dance all together with teachers and parents. It was fantastic! Also the buffet prepared by parents was great! Now we are at home and I have to go to bed, so tomorrow I will be energetic again!
Day 6: Saturday
This was the last day when we could stay all together. We went to the beach at Agios Nicolaus and we swam, we went to visit Spinaloga, a very interesting desert island, and at the end we went to Ioanna’s place for a party where we could have fun all together for the last time.
Now I feel so sad, I don’t want to leave…
This week was the best of my life: I met so many nice people and now I have a lot of friends in many different countries. I think this project is amazing! But tomorrow I’m leaving for Italy…
I wish I could participate in another mobility!
I hope I can meet my new friends again!

Mobility to Germany – Travel journal of Michela Calabi from Naples, Italy

1/05/17

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!

02/05/2017
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.

03/05/2017

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.

04/05/2017
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.

05/06/2017

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.

06/05/2017

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.

07/05/2017

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