Friday, May 29, 2015

My week in Catalonia (reports from Slovakia)

Feedback to the Catalonian meeting - written by Terezka Trnovská from Slovakia

~~Week in Barcelona – Cornella

 When we arrived to Barcelona, we were looking for a bus. Then we travelled for one hour. A quide took us to a hostel.

 The next day we went to the city centre. I bought some souvenirs. The next day we  took „metro“- subway to Cornella. We had lunch and  went to our school.

My new  roommate Anna Garcia welcomed me there. Together we went home. She has got one sister, her name is Mireia. Anna and Mireia are fourteen years old. They have got a very big house. Anna gave me her room and she sleep on a couch. Her mother´s name is Josefina and father´s name si Paco. They are very friendly and they are a very happy family.

The next day we went to the school and the whole Comenius Project went to a castle. The castle has a nice view of a sea. After the visit we went home.

On Tuesday we went to Sagrada Família. There are colourful window and there is a big cross too. We  walked in the city. There are big houses and oranges grow on the trees. Barcelona is sunny country, there are big palms and nice sea. We took „metro“ to Cornella. Me and Anna too a tram and went home.  At home we had dinner: chicken soup and vegetarian steak. After dinner we played mikado or pexeso
The next day , on the Wednesday we walked to the mountains. There was a museum in the mountain. In museum we took a photo. My teacher found a shell. We had lunch in front of the church. After lunch we went to school and then home.

On Thursday we went to a tomb and after lunch we went home. At night we had a party and Paco baked a cake for party. On the last day we went home to Slovakia. It was a sad good bye!  

Feedback  written by our teacher Iva Priesolová

~~On 20 March 2015 we have boarded a plane from M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava to Girona–Costa Brava Airport in Spain in the north-east of Catalonia, Spain. We were invided to join the Comenius Project which involves meeting with the partner schools representatives, visiting the most important sights and natural heritage of Barcelona by hiking, as well as presenting our school in the framework of Slovak culture. Barcelona itself, is the capital of Catalonia- a regional part of Spain. It has its own official language- Catalan Sign Language and political autonomy. Barcelona also owns the status of premiere tourist destination which combines original ancient features with modern catalonian style represented mainly by one of the world´s most significant architects and founder of artistic style, so-called  „Modernisme“- Antoni Gaudí, the native of Reus, Catalonia. He is the author of not only the Sagrada Familia, but also Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Gruell Park and Gaudí's Crypt. These are all made in Gaudí´s unique style of constructing the outer facade by ceramic mosaics made of waste pieces so called "trencadís". The unofficial symbol of Catalonia-the lizard or multicolored mosaic salamander can be seen as a popular souvenir in every souvenir shop.

As we arrived by bus in Barcelona from Girona Airport, we went by underground to our short-term residence, a hostel in the suburb of Barcelona. The first day we took a walking along the well-known Rambla from English word „ramble“ meaning walking, hiking, tramping or just walking without any obvious purpose or aim. First thing I have marked was that Catalonian people were great local patriots, there were Catalonian flags almost everywhere! Some of us have bought nice Gaudí-style souvenirs in local souvenir shops which were recomended to us by our tour guide. The next day we met with the coordinator of the hosting  school- Institut Francesc Macià in Cornellá de Llobregat. He took us to the school to meet with the partner families and pupils as well as with the members of the foreign teams.  For the rest of the meeting we stayed in Hotel Novotel in Cornella.

We took a sightseeing tour around Barcelona and visited many interesting places such as the monumental architectonic masterpiece, The Sagrada Familia  Basilica which is an important vista point of the whole Catalania. I was stunned by its beautiful interior and preciously crafted exterior. From the outside, it shows the birth, the life and death of Jesus Christ, depicting the Holy Family, apostles and varios motives from the Bible, such as the adoration of the shepherds and the three kings, the crucifiction of Jesus, the calvary, etc. Antoni Gaudí, the creator of Sagrada Familia was well- known for his admiration of nature and loyalty to spiritual principles and applied these two elements in his creations. We can notice leafy and plant forms interconnected with anthropological motives and figures on the surface of the walls, even in the inside of the building.

The Basilica is still not finished, but according to some sources, there is a corageous vision that  it will be terminated by using 3-D printing technology. Significantly speeding should be thanks to 3D printing , which uses powder -based printing , the layering creates a material similar to plaster. Construction process should greatly help craftsmen to meet demanding specifications and accelerating the generation of complex architectural elements. Gaudí, which is itself the creator of the Sagrada Familia , made several sketches finalized. These, however, highly complex . Fortunately, after his death, he left a geometric surface control system that makes it possible to construct a thumbnail of the whole building . It is being built on the stone model 3D printing , which can be used in the future for the development of design and manufacture. Spanish people would like to finish building inaugurated in 2026 on the anniversary of 100 years since the death of the famous architect. Let´s hope they will succeed.

Another very powerful experience was visiting Mount Montserrat, a sacred place radiating peace and majesty, a place of religious importance for all believers. It offered us a spectacular mountain views of Catalona and we all felt really astonished by varieties of landforms, from sharp humangeous rocks to rounded sea-washed by monoliths. After hiking, we stopped to enjoy the mass in Montserrat Monastery which is famous for its boy´s choir. There was a possibility to take a funicular the way down, but we managed it by feet, it would be a pity to use a cable way!

We spent one week in Barcelona, but it wouldn´t be enough to see everything this city offers to see. I will keep those picaresque alleys in my mind hoping I will visit them once again..

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My stay in Italy by...

My stay in Italy was amazing! The thirteenth of October I travelled to Italy in a plane, with six classmates and three teachers of our high school. We participated in a project called Comenius. Comenius is a hiking project and was in English. It was the first time I travelled to a plane, but it was a good moment. We arrived to Venecia and we went to the Hotel. This day was one of my favourites because we visited the city of Venecia and was amazing! It’s incredible and very pretty! This night we had dinner in a restaurant, and was very expensive but the pizza was very good. The next day we went to Tregnago, to met our families. In this day I was very nervous but the family was very friendly. My partner it’s very nice and I talk with her now, with Facebook or with Whatsaap. We did differents walks.The Wednesday we did a short walk and we saw “Trabucaires”. Was exciting! . On Thursday we did the most long walk and the landscape was very beautiful. On Friday we went to Venecia again and I bought some presents for my family and my friends. On Saturday we went to Verona, and we visited monuments, like the house of Julieta and the “arena of Verona”. Was very nice. Sunday was the last day, and I was very sad. All the family and me cried. This travel was so amazing that I will never forget, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn the lenguage and culture of other countries. I met incredibles persons, italians or of other countries, and I was funny with my classmates too. I learned to speak better English and I took many photos. I love Italy! by Marina Sendino 

2 weeks ago Daniel Gonzalez (2nd A), Marina Sendino (2nd A), Carmen Piñero (2ndB), Mireia Palomo (2nd C), Lidia Villaverde (2nd B) and me (Jordi Fernández 2nd B) were in Italy. We did trekking activities and Italian culture activities. The first day we we went to Venice and we had walk a lot. We saw the San Marco’s cathedral, the canals… In the night we ate pizza in a restaurant. The second day we went to Badia Calavena, the town we are installed, and we meet with our partners. The third day we visited our partners school and in the evening we have an excursion in a mountain. In the mountain were a “trabucaires”, we saw how to shoot the “trabuc”. The fourth day we did the large excursion in Dolomits mountains . We saw a lots of beautifuls views and we also saw the Alps. In the mountain we were this day was more of 1000 meters hight. The fiveth day we return to Venice  and we bought a lot of souvenirs for our families. The sixth day we play palatutto in our partners school. Palatutto is a play similar than voleyball, but in palatutto yo can hit the ball with all the parts of your body. And in the evening we went to Verona and we visit Verona. We saw the Verona’s roman circus, the Juliet’s house …
The last day wesayed by to our partners and we went to the airport. We return to Barcelona without forwards. By Jordi Fernández Gelis

Hiking in Montjuïc

Mind maps

In the wood

In the country

Wild Animals



7-language International Dictionary

7-language International Dictionary

Report from Italy

Report from Italy
At first we travelled by plane to the airport in Milan Bergamo and there we were picked up by the bus driver of minibus. We arrived to the hotel San Felice. It is about 25 km from the city Verona in Illasi town. We had pizza in hotel. Next day we met with the teachers and pupils from the hosting school in Tregnago.
After lunch in good restaurant we had easy trekking in Tregnago. At the evening me and  another boy from Romania were picked up by my family. They live in a house far from Tregnago in mountains. I thought they live at the end of the world without internet and with problematic signal. It was little bit shocking for me because I live in the city. On Wednesday me and my Slovak friends were presented our presentation about Devínska Kobyla near Bratislava and we sang 2 songs. In the afternoon we went for easy trekking to Mount S.Pietro, were we could see the pistonieries. On next day  we went to Alps. There were very beautiful view. In family it was better today. They are nice people. Their father is cool guy, mum is funny and with Elena and her brother Tommaso we had a lot of fun. We played games at evening and we went to Giazza for pizza. I think the best for me were the visits of Venezia and Verona. I could visit a lot of beautiful churches – Basilica in Venezia, Tower in Venezia. I saw canals with gondolas, shops full of souvenirs and masks. I bought magnets and mask. At last day I said goodbye with  my hosting family and they gave me some presents typical for their region. I miss them and I am happy to meet so good people like them. It was unbelievable experience for me to visit northern part of this beautiful country Italy.
Nikita Meršenko  Bratislava, Slovakia

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A report from Poland

Comenius, Together... We make the way!

Report from Italy!

From 13.10.2014 to 19.10.2014 five students and two teachers from our school went to Italy.

On Monday we came by plane to Bergamo. Unfortunely, it was raining, but we had umbrellas so sightseeing was possible. We ate real Italian pizzas, saw many beautiful building and what was the best for everyone - breathtaking Old Town on the hill! Next we went to Trenago. It is a small town which is situated close to Verona. Our families live there. They welcomed us warmly. Before that we ate lunch in a luxurious restaurant. Then, we went for a walk round the town. On Wednesday, majority of members of this project were trekking on Badia' hills. When we were on the top, there were two men and they showed us a very noisy utensil and told us some interesting information about the region. On Thursday we went hiking in the mountains. The view enchanted us because there were so many valleys, colorful trees, even we met a chamois. That day was hard and everybody just wanted to be in a bed as soon as possible. The next day should be the biggest tourist attraction, but we were a bit disappointed. Venice turned out not charming. The reason is that many buildings need renovation and only the main squares are impressive. We visited Strada Nuova, Ponte di Rialto, San Marco and others. On Saturday we had some lessons at school. Then every country had to plant a tree as a symbol of union. After lunch we went to Verona. We visited Castek Vecchio, Piazza Erbe, Ponte Pietra and Balcone di Giuletta. We had 2 hours of free time there so some people did shopping, the others visited more places. We had a great time. This city will be always in our heart.

Unfortunately, on Sunday we had to come back to Poland. In the end we saw Verona's panorama. The journey was exhausting. We counted our means of transport and the number is shocking- 9 changes! But I have to admit, this adventure was worth it.
Dominika Lasek

And these are some photos from our visit in Italy: