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  • Day5

    Porto... hustle and bustle!

    February 21 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Unfortunately Friday is here to put an end to this wonderful week. This is now time to visit Porto, the capital of the north of Portugal. Mostly known because of Port Wine caves and its picturesque houses along the Douro river, it is also a place for riverboat cruises and “azulejos”. It is famous among tourists all over the world and the complete tour should be done by walking on the highest platform of Ponte D. Luís.
    In the afternoon we headed to the Discoveries Museum, where students could understand better the importance of Portuguese sailors for the shape of today’s world. There is even a boat tour throughout the Portuguese discoveries!
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  • Day4

    Back to Vieira - Theatre Club

    February 20 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Thursday starts again at school. It is finally time to use the scenery prepared in the workshop and watch the students from the theatre club performing on stage the short theatre play they prepared about the project. It included in the plot the partner countries, as well as the clubs it involves - photography, environment, ITC and robotics. It was dramatic the way they presented the problem of pollution affecting the water reservoirs around the planet. They also proved that together world nations can solve the problems if they get united. Afterwards students could learn how to prepare masks. They could be creative and use the materials given for the purpose.
    In the afternoon the vocational students prepared a cooking workshop for baking biscuits, fruit skewers and “pastel de nata” - traditional custard pie. So, our certificate ceremony included an afternoon snack prepared by the students involved in the project.
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  • Day3

    Braga and Guimarães

    February 19 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    From Vieira to Braga are around 30kms. This is a city whose foundation is roman, went through changes till it got the medieval look and is nowadays a touristic city. The highlight is now Bom Jesus, a UNESCO site on the hill, facing the city with a stunning view.
    From here, on this Wednesday afternoon, it was time to visit Guimarães - the Cradle of Portugal. This is another UNESCO site that depicts the way of living in medieval times. It is a place for a bit of open air history in a compact city centre full of battles and conquers.
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  • Day2

    Still Vieira for Theatre and Caniçada

    February 18 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Tuesday was ready for the theatre club activities and the ETC theatre company brought to stage the play “Not one of us!”. This was an interactive play where students were invited to play some small roles. After the actors went away it was time to roll up the sleeves and work on the scenery that should be ready for the school play about water pollution to be taken to scene on Thursday. This was one of the highlights of the program. Funny, entertaining, but highly pedagogical, focusing the problems of adolescence in modern times.
    In the afternoon the group went to the Caniçada Dam where they could enjoy a slow journey in the Brancelhe boat. The landscape is bucolic and amongst the vegetation the group could even spot one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s houses. On the way back all these teenagers could hang around Parque dos Moinhos near River Ave.
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  • Day1

    Vieira do Minho

    February 17 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Following the agenda for the first day the Portuguese students prepared a welcoming ceremony where they performed some of the activities they do throughout the school year, being the strongest ones gymnastics and music.
    The tour around the school facilities show that rebuilding is happening and in less than two years a new school will be ready. In the afternoon participants from all countries formed teams with a student from each nationality to get engaged in sport for team bonding and faster acknowledgement of each other. Everybody seemed to have a good time and feel comfortable with this challenge. The day ended with a kind of a treasure hunt to get to know Vieira a bit better.
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  • Day8

    Outra vez Joanesburgo

    January 3 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Neste último dia fomos a Pretória - Union Buildings and Gardens - e, em Joanesburgo visitámos Constitution Hill e Montecasino.
    Union Buildings (Uniegebou em africanse) é a residência oficial e sede do gabinete do Presidente da África do Sul. Foi construído em 1910 e tem estilo vitoriano. Tem cerca de 285 metros de fachada e possui forma circular, com asas laterais que representam a união do povo outrora dividido e as duas línguas mais faladas do país, o inglês e o africâner.Os seus jardins estão plantados exclusivamente com espécies da flora sul-africana e possuem diversos monumentos e um anfiteatro com nove mil lugares.
    Constitution Hill foi uma prisão até 1998. Aqui estiveram presos homens e mulheres de renome mundial - Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela e Fátima Meer, todos cumpriram pena aqui. Para além deles também aqui estiveram confinados dezenas de milhares de pessoas comuns durante seus 100 anos de história: homens e mulheres de todas as raças, credos, idades e agendas políticas, o homem comum e a elite. A história de todo sul-africano está aqui presente. Muitas das pessoas que aqui estiveram não cometeram qualquer crime. Apenas foram presas por serem negras e estarem na rua fora das horas de recolher obrigatório.
    Montecasino é isso mesmo, um casino com uma centro comercial envolvente.
    E é assim que deixamos a Africa do Sul, com vontade de ter ficado mais um pouco. É um país demasiadamente grande. Devemos ter visto 1% do que há para ver!
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  • Day7

    De volta a Joanesburgo

    January 2 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Hoje foi apenas dia de regresso. Antes de sairmos ainda temos uma visita pela plantação de café da quinta onde ficámos alojados. Paragem para almoço com vista para um parque com rinocerontes, o único dos grande cinco que não vimos. Fora isso, fui pesquisando os nomes dos animais que vimos durante estes três dias.Read more

  • Day6

    Kruger Park

    January 1 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    As fotos hoje dizem mais do que palavras. Apenas alguns dos nomes em inglês dos animais que não aparecem nas fotos para memória futura: kudu, waterbuck, marabou stork, hippo, steenbok, nyala, gnu, vervet monkey, warthog, baboon, lions and leopards, entre outros mais pequenos. Claro que elefantes, girafas, búfalos e impalas foram sempre mais fáceis de avistar não só pelo tamanho, mas também pela abundância!Read more

  • Day5

    De Balule a Hazyview

    December 31, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Hoje o caminho era o destino. Os cerca de 250 kms que separam Balule de Hazyview estão cheios de atrações naturais. Infelizmente não paramos em todas, mas temos a oportunidade de ver as Three Roundavells no Blyde River Canyon, os Burke Luck Potholes e God’s Window. Como é fim de ano nem tudo está aberto, o almoço passa a ser num restaurante de comida portuguesa, gerida por moçambicanos. Às quatro horas está tudo a fechar mas as filas nas lojas de bebidas alcoólicas são longas. A preferência dos sul africanos vai para a cerveja, o gin e o licor de marula, de produção local. Nós acabámos por brindar o novo ano com as nossas garrafas de água mineral! Mais um belo dia em África.Read more

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