Our trip to Greece
It is said what scares you makes you stronger, though this trip does not look scary which it definitely wasn’t, it does give you a tingle in the stomach thinking of going to a foreign country and staying and sleeping at other people homes. We did not know how the trip was going to be or how the kids were going to react to us. We had big expectations and we were not disappointed. On the trip over to Greece it was a mixed feeling, both of excitement and stress. I mean going to Greece is just amazing, meeting new people, and of course not going to school. But there were also some nerves there. When we arrived, we stayed at that gorgeous hotel in Athens. Then going to Acropolis was just crazy, when you have seen it so many times in movies and pictures, just so beautiful and breathtaking of thinking how many years it has stood there and been thru so much. Then meeting the people. We were just blown away how everybody where especially nice, all of our worries flew out the window. All that time we spent together with everybody was so much fun. Every minute was a new experience and amazing. Every day you made a new friend and the number of our snapchat friends just kept on growing. We visited Kalambaka and went on a hike. Everything was so beautiful and the mountains incredible and so different. The walk was very nice and chill, and the view was to die for. Then seeing the monastery was so historic and thinking just how the managed to built it all the way up in the mountain. We grouped up and did things together with other kids and then all met up then later all together to have fun and got to know each other better. That was so much fun and like living that Greek life.
What we got from this trip is more confidence, of going up to people and just start talking and making friends. We got experience, seeing the coulter and living it and seeing all these unbelievable natural beauties and building. Just thinking how the history of Greece is much much older than the history our country. The monastery that we visited was incredible, and how it was build. And of course, we made friends, the most amazing friends. What we are 100% sure of is that we wanted the trip to be longer, much longer. We did not want it to end. The feeling of being there was incredible the friendships, but we will meet again. Hopefully will these relationships go on thriving. It was just such a pleasure to go on this trip, experience of a lifetime.
Thank you, everybody
Erasmus+KA2 project GUIDED TOUR
Feedback to mobility to Trikala
We arrived in Greece early on Tuesday morning at 02:45. We were greeted by a warm mediterranean climate and cozy-chilly breeze. After only 3 hours of sleep and breakfast we all went to see one of the most famous places in Athens, the Acropolis. Despite having had so little sleep, we learned a lot about the old Greek history in the museum and in the Acropolis. Then, after lunch and some free time we started driving to Trikala. We were welcomed there by local students who were going to host us for the rest of the trip. The night was spent in a new home, where we also gave our hosts some housewarming gifts from Estonia.
On Wednesday we took a bus ride out of Trikala. After driving for a while we reached Meteora. The hike took place in the mountains. In the past, the mountains offered shelter and home to the monks who were bullied. The view on our way to the monastery and back was breathtaking. The hike lasted for about 5 hours. Before heading back to Trikala, we visited 2 museums – Greek Education Museum and Natural History Museum of Meteora. In the first museum we saw old literature books and also old children’s toys. We learned about Greek history and mythology and got to experience what school lessons were like in old Greek times. In the other museum we saw extinct animals and birds. There were also species that are in danger of extinction or only living in Greece. After that the bus took us back to Trikala. Everyone went home to rest for a bit and then later we all went to hang out again.
On Thursday we went to a local school and local government. After that we had lunch and started orienting in the city using the Actionbound that the teachers had made for us. We also learned some traditional Greek dances and in the evening we met up and hung out again.
On Friday morning we had the chance to go shopping. Some of us didn’t want to go and slept longer. We had to be at school by 11:00. At school we had an international festival where we studied every country’s national dance or a game that they had prepared. We also had a traditional Greek BBQ which was very delicious. After the festival we got together one more time to enjoy the last night out in Trikala.
In conclusion it can be said that the trip really touched everybody’s hearts – new friends and memories for life were made. We were accepted wonderfully and all of us are always welcome to go back. On the trip we learned a lot of new and interesting things about Greek history, saw places that only the locals know about. The plan is also to visit the people from other countries. Everybody would like to repeat and relive the experience because it had truly a cozy atmosphere and sincere friendships that were achieved so fast and naturally. Thank you to all who took part in the project and a special thanks to our hosts, who made our stay even better by opening doors to their homes for us.