From September the 29th to October the 6th, another exchange on LEAD (Learning, Experiencing andof ) project funded by the Erasmus + program took place. The school has been working for the second year on this project together with Italy, Spain and Poland. Meetings of the international teams in Poland and Bulgaria have been held so far. Next and last meeting to be held in Spain in March 2019.
Hosted this time was Italy, the school in Bosa, Sardinia. The theme of the exchange was “Healthy Living”, as well as exploring the Italian educational system,and history.
On the 30th of September we arrived in Bosa and were warmly welcomed by our hosts. We immediately stood at the houses of the Italians. Some of us had the opportunity to stay in the typical houses of the town – tall and colorful with shutters. Each room was located on a different floor, the bathroom at the top, the kitchen and the living room on the lower floor, and the bedrooms on the ground floor. The first evening our hosts took a walk and introduced us to the other participants.
The next day we went to the school to participate in the project assignments. Each of the participating countries had to present their eating habits, popular dishes and sports.
The Italians presented the Mediterranean diet, which, in addition to maintaining the body and the spirit health, predisposes to a longer life. The teachers from the high school in Bosa delivered a variety of lectures on genetics, proper nutrition and sports. We also organized a volleyball tournament.
We, the Bulgarians, presented some of the most famous and healthy dishes – tarator, bean soup and Chef ‘s cheese.
During the remaining days of the project, our hosts had prepared various classes as well as small hiking trips to Bosa’s sights. We traveled around the old part of the city, Bosa Marina, being fascinated by the narrow paved streets, the colorful houses and the cozy atmosphere of the town. Bosa Marina is situated on a hill, whose highest point is Castello Malaspina – the city’s largest landmark. In the next few days we visited the cathedral, town hall, museums and walked along an ecopath to the rock tombs. We also went on a boat trip along the river Temo We, the chefs, presented some of the most famous and healthy dishes – tartar, bean soup and Chef’s cheese.
During the remaining days of the project, our hosts had prepared various classes as well as small hiking trips to Bosa’s sights. We travelled around the old part of the city by, Bosa Marina, being fascinated by the narrow paved streets, the colorful houses and the cozy atmosphere of the town. Boza Marina is situated on a hill, whose highest point is Castello Malaspina – the city’s largest landmark. In the next few days we visited the cathedral, town hall, museums and walked along an eco path to the rock tombs. We also took a boat ride across the Themo River, which revealed the beauties of Bosa from another angle, it was wonderful and unique.
Personally, however, one of the most brilliant memories of our stay will be the cultural evening that the Italians organized for our last day in Boza. We have heard popular town songs, we enjoyed the traditional Italian dances and tried out their typical specialties.
Besides the educational goal, however, Erasmus + was meant to “clash” with different cultures. For this week, we learned the Italians’ mentality and value system. We were impressed by the generosity and kindness of most of our hosts and their families. And although we did not agree at times, whether because of the language barrier or because of our different characters, we managed to make our stay pleasant and unproblematic. Personally, I found quite similarities between Bulgarian and Italian hospitality. Both nationalities welcome our guests with wide open arms, love to eat good food and drink good wine.
On return we had the chance to visit the capital of Italy-Rome for two days. Wonderful and remarkable, truly “eternal” city. We enjoyed most of its sights, and we also attended the Papal Sermon in the Vatican, which was a rare chance for us.
Separation with Italy was difficult. With the Italians we found a common language and we quickly got closer together, so, on October the 6th we sent with tears but also with a promise to meet again in the future. And besides keeping up with the memory of a good trip, we learned to appreciate the foreign. As the borders between most countries in Europe are already conditional, thanks to the European Union, we must learn to be tolerant to each other, wherever we come from. Our stay in Italy together with the students from the other two countries showed us the first step towards globalizing the world from a social point of view. Our task is to continue on the road, exploring and perceiving foreign cultures.