Kalajoki: Travel Journal (written by Italian students)

Monday 19th  February 2018

By Lisa Guarino


Dear diary,

Today we met at Merenoja school in Kalajoki at 8.30a.m. We sat in the school auditorium. Then a teacher divided us into 5 groups to play a game.

The aim of the game was to prevent the breaking of an egg while throwing it down a flight of stairs. Each group had to come up with a plan to prevent the egg from breaking. So we used garbage bags, adhesive tape and some paper cups. After the game our Finnish friends took us on a tour around the school.

Later on, we went back to the aditorium and all the schools presented the best technological product of their country and then we put our publicity drawings in their library.

We went out of  school at 2.30 p.m. and we were all free. At 5.00 p.m. we all met in a cottage by the sea. First we had dinner and then we spent some nice time together.

After dinner we played outdoors. Then we pretended it was Christmas. There was Santa Claus who gave out presents for every one! It was great fun and a moment of joy for everyone.

Having Christmas again in a unique atmosphere was an unforgettable experience!



Tuesday 20th February 2018

By Eleonora Gesualdi

Dear diary,

Today we went to visit Kalajoki by coach and  we visited a pottery factory. A lady who works there showed us how to make a vase of clay and after we went to the shop. About eleven o’clock we had lunch by the sea and we played with snow and sleds, it was the first time for me and I enjoyed very much. Then we went to the sea museum and visited the SPA. To swim and to see the snow outside is a unique experience! After the SPA, we were divided into groups and our group with Italian and Finnish went to eat at the Mc Donald and in the evening we all met on the ski slope. Ah! It’s very difficult to skate on ice! Finally we went back home and at 8.00 p.m. we had dinner with all the family and it was a very beautiful moment, we laughed a lot and talked about everything and finally we went to sleep tired.

Dear diary, the snow was a such impressive experience! The Finnish environment is completely different from ours, and living here me feel free and it also makes  me feel much more self-confident in English!



Wednesday 21st February 2018

 By Pedro Marenghi

Dear diary,

This morning I woke up at seven o’ clock and after that I had a shower, I had breakfast with cereals and yogurt. Then I went to see Oulu by coach with my Erasmus friends. We were divided into 2 groups, and when we arrived, we visited the most famous Art Museum of Oulu. Here, there are a lot colourful urban graffiti. It was so interesting: I had never seen anything like that! Then we visited  Ludocraft company , that  is very important for the production of videogames, furthermore  it is specialised in the design and the development of some multiplayer games.

In the afternoon all the people bought some gifts for their family and their friends in a shopping centre in Oulu. Finally I came back Taru’s home and there, with the family all together, we talked about the trip. We enjoyed the day together with my Erasmus friends and we learnt many things at the same time.

I will never forget this trip to Oulu!



Thursday 22nd  February 2018

 By Vincenzo De Blasi

Dear diary,

Today we met at school at 8.30 a.m. and a teacher introduced five workshops made by Finnish students: microbit, macrobit, a virtual book, editing, and school exercises done by a PC program. In Finland students have 30 hour lessons per week but , at the beginning of the school year, they can choose classes for 13 hours of their schedule. Then, in turns, we went to work in the computer laboratory and  to visit the primary school. At  the primary school we saw children programming a Lego robot. It was amazing!  We built our robot too and we had a lot of fun.

After lunch, we attended classes at school. In the English class Lisa, Carmen (a Spanish girl) and I did a reading comprehension exercise, with Finnish students. It was nice to share an English lesson!

Then we went to the gym to play volleyball.

After that, we were divided into ten groups of three or four students,  and we had the task to make a stop-motion movie on a particular topic. Our topic was ‘petrol’ and we made a very good movie.

We went back home and in the afternoon we went skiing. It was the first time for the Italians and we had a lot of fun! Then we had dinner and we went to Julia’s place to have nice time together until 9.00 p.m.

It was an interesting day because we learned a lot of new things and we had the opportunity to experience a day in a Finnish school, so different from ours!




Friday 23rd February 2018

                                                                                                                                                     By Lisa Guarino

Dear diary,

today we met at Merenoja school at 8.30 a.m. Then a teacher divided us into 2 groups.

One group went to the ‘Escape room’ where an English guide explained  the history of Finland to us. The other group stayed at school and a teacher made us do some exercises about art expression. Both groups did the same things in turns. Then they took us to visit another school. We had lunch and after that we had a workshop: we drew essential things of our life on canvas and we hung the paintings at school. After that  we went to the school kitchen we made our own slice of pizza. The dough was already made and we had just to put the toppings,  like tomatoes or mozzarella. Then we cooked it and we ate it all together.

After  pizza we all went to the cafeteria of the school, where some girls sang and danced some traditional tunes. The performance was so fascinating!

Later we played treasure hunt. I think that it was very amusing and exciting since we had to collaborate and, therefore, to give the best of us.

We finally went to the teachers’ room and we danced all together  and we took some photos before greeting.

In the end we were very sad because we had to say good-bye but, at the same time, we were happy to have new friends in Europe!



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!