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  • Day5

    Treblinka and farewells...

    October 24, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Today the day started in a very hard way. The visit to Treblinka - the concentration and labour camp 4km far from Malkinia - reported us to the violence and cruelty of World War II. Although the camp has been devoured by the flames initiated by the Germans at the end of the war, part of the structure of the railway is still visible and the memorials meanwhile erected are explained with emphasis by the Polish students. The walk back to the museum is silent and the video we watch helps us to better understand the horrors of war. In the afternoon the ambience is more relaxed and all the teams prepare videos in the workshop organised for this purpose. The day ends up with the ceremony to deliver the diplomas, the exchange of gifts made by our hosts, a dinner cooked by teachers and parents and a cheerful party with music, volleyball and football all mixed together. Of course some tears came up as farewells happened. These experiences are always very intense and emotive. Thank you Polish team for all the care and affection. Our gratitude also goes to the families that so well took care of the Portuguese and Italian students. See you all soon.Read more

    Little Things

    wonderful💕😘

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  • Oct20

    Polish Meeting

    October 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    It’s now time to go to Poland. Our destination is the school —- in Malkinia Gorna. On arrival we have our Polish hosts waiting for us to go to Brok. It is here that we meet the families of the students who will host the foreign pupils. For some of us, it's also time to meet good friends. For others it’s all brand new, ready to be used! It is good to see this anxiety that will end up in tears of longing, later this week, at the farewell party.

    Monday was a fantastic day at Malkinia Gorna school. A talent show held in the school gym showed us the students skills and the way younger and older pupils help and encourage each other in both leisure activities and academic subjects. Dance, music and sport are strengths for this school which for some years has been among the best in the country. Next it was time to get engaged in the robotics workshop and prepare the Legos that would later move across the classroom floor. The afternoon was spent around a bonfire in the Malkinia nature park. Alena and Anna, the leaders of this meeting, along with Marta, the headmistress of this school, taught us a Polish dance that got everyone moving. It was a very nice time, followed by group and concentration games, bonding the teams together.

    Tuesday was Warsaw Day! The capital of Poland is imposing. The guide that the Polish team chose was fantastic! A three-hour walking tour of the city has led us to remarkable historical times for the world and for Europe. We saw the modus operandi of the German army in World War II, its cruelty and the destruction it has caused in the city, leading to its near total destruction. It is therefore amazing to see how the Polish people dedicated themselves to the complete reconstruction of the city carrying out a brilliant task. The Soviet presence is also very evident and its biggest symbol is the imposing Palace of Culture - a replica of the palace in Moscow. From the top you can see the whole city. After lunch it is a fun time! Learning by doing! The interactive Science Museum brings knowledge and tests individual capabilities, increasing critical spirit and leading to knowledge in a sustained, but also empirical way. From physical dexterity to the sensory part, going through pure knowledge of the laws of physics and science, anything is possible here.

    Our Wednesday started well! Today's class was at Malkinia Technical School and the subject was “pierogi”. It seems difficult, but it is not. We learned how to cook them in a cooking lesson at this school and then we had to put what we have learned into practice. Savory or sweet, afterwards we could taste them in the school dining room. A fun and tasty experience! In the afternoon, after a guided tour to the school facilities, we devoted ourselves to writing an article about our opinion on this mobility so far - our working tools were Google Docs and Canva. This is how you spend an afternoon learning collaboratively in the ICT club.

    Thursday’s destination was Toruń. Along with Krakow this is a Polish city that was spared the devastation of war. Toruń is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite being about 300 kilometers from Malkinia, it was worth the visit for its imposing and architectural beauty. At every corner Copernicus is visible with its houses, statues and street names. Another history class that also makes us pay a visit to the city's History Museum. Before returning to Malkinia there was still time to make the famous gingerbread cookies that are also a symbol of the city.

    And we reached the end of our experience. Friday started in a very hard way. The visit to Treblinka reported to us the violence and cruelty of World War II. Although the death camp has been devoured by the flames initiated by the Germans at the end of the war, part of the structure of the railway is still visible and the memorials meanwhile erected are explained with emphasis by the Polish students. We walk back to the museum in silence and the video we watch helps us to better understand the horrors of war. In the afternoon the mood is more relaxed and all the teams prepare videos about our week, in the workshop organised for this purpose. The day ends up with the ceremony to hand out the diplomas, the exchange of gifts made by our hosts, a dinner cooked by teachers and parents and a cheerful party with music, volleyball and football all mixed together. Of course some tears came up as farewells happened. These experiences are always very intense and emotive.

    Thank you Polish team for all the care and affection. Our gratitude also goes to the families that so well took care of the students.
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  • Day1

    Porto - Brussels - Warsaw - Brok

    October 20, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The day began with the first adventure. At four in the morning we are all ready to begin our journey, but, hold on ... there is no transfer. Call after call has always the same answer: the phone number you want to contact has no active voicemail ... ten minutes later, a sleepy Mr André Silva responds ... it seems that he was not notified, or the service was cancelled, or something else .... After ten more minutes there he comes behind the wheel of a gigantic bus which makes us all laugh about - seven people for a seventy people capacity bus. After all his excuses we left for Atafona to get a 9-seater van which, to add to the delays, was without diesel. We finally left towards Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport at 4:40. Fortunately, these three hours in advance for the flight are enough not to panic as we see the huge queue awaiting us at the airport security check. From now on everything is mice and smooth with the first lesson of the day - how to move around an airport.
    Already in Brussels the waiting time between flights goes fast. Everybody is having fun playing Uno and all are happy for the next leg that takes us to Warsaw Modlin Airport.
    On arrival we still have to wait a while for our Polish hosts who will take us to Brok. It is here, in a restaurant with typical Polish food, that we meet the families of the students who will host the students from our school. For me, it's time to meet good friends. For my fellow travelers it's all brand new, ready to be used! It is good to see this anxiety that will end up in tears of longing, later this week.
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  • Day2

    Malkinia school and around

    October 21, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The day was fantastic at Malkinia Gorna school. Teachers and students did their best to show us what they love to do in their elementary school till the ninth grade, with about 430 students. A talent show held in the school gym showed us the school's skills and the way younger and older pupils help and encourage each other in both leisure activities but also at their academic subjects. Dance, music and sport are strengths for this school which for some years has been among the best in the country. Students who presented the show said that their effort comes from their willingness to follow the examples of their teachers who are not afraid to face challenges and who show them the right path to be autonomous but also to have fun while doing it. And the proof of all this was in the show they presented for about an hour.
    After a coffee break prepared by the students' teachers and parents, it was time to get engaged in the robotics workshop and prepare the Legos that would later move across the classroom floor.
    The afternoon was spent around a bonfire in the Malkinia nature park listening to the park manager telling stories of Portuguese, Turks, Italians and Romanians who passed through his life and marked him. The Portuguese he spoke of was a hard-working woman whom he found in the Swiss harvest and who worked more than men and women altogether. His humility and life experience stuck us to his words from beginning to end. But we didn’t end up here. Alena and Anna taught us a Polish dance that got everyone moving and wanting to take a dip in the river after it's over. It was a very nice time, followed by team and concentration games, which essentially gave us this sense of well-being and group unity.
    At the end of the day there was still time for having dinner with families and students with some dance included.
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  • Day4

    Back to Malkinia!

    October 23, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our day started well! Today's class was at Malkinia Technical School and the subject was “pirogi”. It seems difficult, but it is not. We could call it steamed “rissóis”, if we were in Portugal, or “ravioli”, if we were in Italy. We learned how to do them in a demonstration in a cooking lesson at this school and then we had to put what we have learned into practice. Savory or sweet, afterwards we could taste them in the school dining room. A fun and tasty experience!
    In the afternoon, after a guided tour to the school facilities, we devoted ourselves to writing and started an article about our opinion on mobility - our working tools were Google Docs and Canva.
    This is how you spend a day learning collaboratively in the ICT club.
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    Little Things

    😍😘😘

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  • Day367

    Same shit different day

    June 6, 2017 in Poland ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Wir sind noch mindestens zwei Tagesstrecken von der Grenze entfernt. Es geht nur darum, durchzuhalten. Die Lebensmittelgeschäfte sind abartig. In einigen stinkt es nach Furz, in anderen gibt es immerhin vertrocknetes und/oder angeschimmeltes Obst und Gemüse. Wir schlafen zur Zeit nur in Hotels. 100 km am Tag sind kein Problem, nur dautert es trotzdem eine gefühlte Ewigkeit, vorwärts zu kommen.

    Im Norden nimmt die großflächigere Landwirtschaft etwas zu. Tiere gibt es draußen so gut wie keine. Wenn man Kühe sieht, hängen sie angepflockt an höchstens 3 m langen Ketten. Ab und zu Tiertransporte auf der Straße. Alles weitere spielt sich in Ställen ab - Massentierhaltung. Polen ist ein großer Fleischexporteur. Wie gehen sie wohl um mit ihren Tieren? Sicher nicht besser als untereinander.

    Was ich positives von Polen mitnehme? Nie habe ich so viele Störche und -Nester gesehen. Und leckere Waffeln gibt es. Es gibt das eine oder andere schöne Bauernhaus. Statt zu erhalten, baut der Pole aber lieber ein neues Betonhaus daneben - im Abstand von 30 cm! Das alte könnte ja umfallen. Da ist dann meist ein Balkon dran oder zwei. Dessen Bodenplatte ist bei einigen Modellen nur etwa 7 cm dick. Nach einem 10 jährigen Baustopp wegen Geldmangel - der wird mit Auslandsarbeit in vorzugsweise UK überbrückt - ist sie dann entsprechend porös und hängt durch. Aber das beste ist, oft wird kein Geländer montiert, auch nicht nach dem Einzug. Wir haben für solche Balkone eine speziellen Namen entwickelt ;-) Vielleicht könnte die EU ein Förderprogramm starten, sodass jedes polnische Haus so einen Balkon bekommen kann :-D
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    Sarah and Peter

    Another concentration camp town.. with correspondingly sad concrete plate road.

    6/7/17Reply
    Sarah and Peter

    Treblinka.. Hitlerowski???

    6/7/17Reply
    Sarah and Peter

    Vorgartenmaria *kotz*

    6/7/17Reply
    Sarah and Peter

    Wo einst die Panzer rollten, rollen heute wir, äh hoppeln...

    6/7/17Reply
     
  • Day1

    Poola snäkipeatus

    June 27, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Taivo oli sõitnud kaugele üle Poola piiri ja tahtis nüüd puhata. Seega läksin mina, Kadri nüüd rooli, et sõita 120ga mööda Poola üüratult tuuliseid kiirteid ja kuulata head mussi. Võtsime ka peatusest paar snäkki-jooki.Read more

  • Jun12

    Ostrów Mazowiecka

    June 12, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Gewoon een wegmotel geboekt met goede referenties langs de autoweg. We willen niet doorjagen dus vertrokken we als gewoonlijk tussen 10 en half 11. Geen spectaculaire scenery: lange rechte stukken, graanvelden, soms bos, en behalve voor koffie zijn we een keer gestopt om de ogen rust te gunnen. Die hebben het zwaar met de felle zon en nog vinnigere andere weggebruikers. De grens was wederom nauwelijks merkbaar. Hoe anders zou dat geweest zijn als we ook Wit Rusland zouden bezoeken?
    We winnen hier weer een uur vanwege westeuropeese tijd. De receptie was heel vriendelijk en sprak goed Engels, de kamer was OK maar erg warm.
    We zagen onderweg diverse ooievaars op hun nest. Blijkt dat we door de grootste broedkolonie van Europa reden.
    Het hotel heeft ook een eigen bierbrouwerij. Van het voornemen dat onderweg geboren werd om wat te matigen kwam niet veel terecht. Er moest geproefd worden. (Samen met eten incl toetje 28 euro) .
    We hebben nog een avond wandeling gemaakt door de graanvelden
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    het bier weten jullie wel goed te vinden

    6/13/19Reply
     
  • Day15

    Heimwärts

    June 29, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach der gestrigen “Sportschrauberei” zieht es uns jetzt heimwärts.

    Nach dem Brunch im überwältigend schönen Vilnius, fahren wir jetzt über Polen in die Heimat.

    Liz Garms

    Ready for home? Die Zeit ging so schnell rum! Freue mich wenn Ihr ausführlicher erzählt!

    6/29/19Reply
    Liz Garms

    Ihr habt es gut! Nur 20 grad!

    6/29/19Reply

    Willkommen zurück in Deutschland!

    6/30/19Reply
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