Project meeting in Cordoba, Spain

 

An educational trip to Cordoba, in Spain, with its main destination the Secondary School known as "Luis de Góngora" was also included in the “Comenius” programme as the second meeting of all the participant groups. It was held from 27th March to 3th April 2011, with the aim of presenting all the theatrical plays performed by the six countries and at the same time revealing the results of the questionnaire for the environment.

As had been agreed at the previous meetings, all the students were hosted by the Spanish families and the teachers were suitably accommodated either at hotels or at small houses near the town, arranged by the Spanish coordinator. 
On Monday, 28-03-2011, all teachers and students met at the school at 8:30am and were welcomed by the headmistress. The school, one of the few remaining buildings of the 16th century, is an impressive structure owned primarily by the doctor of the king of Spain, which was bequeathed to the Church after his death. 

Now it has been restored and it is used as a public school aiming at teaching both English and Spanish. It is also worth mentioning that in the surrounding area, there is also an imposing cathedral which nowadays serves as a cultural centre. 

 The members of the teams were really cooperative in discussing and communicating with each other, and they seemed to be very cheerful and really enjoyed this enlightening and unique experience. After having tasted traditional breakfast donuts, all the participants, both students and teachers, visited the most distinctive landmark of the town: the Cathedral and the former Great Mosque of Córdoba, which was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians, and the tower of La Calahorra which rises up to the south of the Roman bridge. Then they crossed the bridge over the river Guadalquivir, Andalucía's longest river, and they walked around the Jewish Quarter of the city. Spanish teachers accompanied the groups, like they did with the rest of the excursions around Cordoba and they also played the role of guides and answered all questions with eagerness and kindness.

In the afternoon, the Polish team presented a play in the theatre of the school.  In the evening, a party was organized by the Spanish families who hosted the students. All the groups had the opportunity to taste traditional mouth-watering dishes of the Spanish cuisine, such as the famous tapas, paella, tortilla, sangria etc. The food was plentiful and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience and have a wonderful, unforgettable time.

The atmosphere was very pleasant and although verbal communication was impeded by language barriers, all participants’ good mood and food and drinks contributed to a very enjoyable evening for everybody present at the party.

On Tuesday, after a short visit to the school, all the members of the teams visited the major tourist attractions of the town, the castle of the Christians’ kings, the Arabic baths of Cordoba and the most important churches and squares of the town. People were very impressed by the variety of architectural styles. The performances of the theatrical plays took place in the afternoon, except for the Spanish one. A concert, also taking place in the school, was attended by all of us at the end of the day.

On Thursday, the program started with a visit to the archaeological museum of Cordoba and continued with another one in the recycling centre where the visitors were familiarized with the place and its functions with the help and guidance of the staff. The announcements about the results of the questionnaire concerning the environment were presented to all the groups by the students of each country in the afternoon at school.

Last but not least, a further point worth mentioning is the two trips which took place, during the stay in Cordoba, one to Granada and another one to Seville, on Wednesday and Friday respectively. The palace of Alhambra in Granada made an excellent impression on all the teams. No one will forget visiting the excellent sites in Seville, especially the cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Plaza de Espana, either.

In conclusion, it must be stressed that all the teams were very grateful for the hospitality of all the Spanish people and especially for their effort, help and the successful   organisation of all the activities by the main coordinator.




 

The whole group

 


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Austria, Viena
23rd to 28th November 2010

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SPAIN, Cordoba 28th of March and the 3rd of April 2011


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POLAND, Breszcze 17th – 20th of May 2011

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TURKEY, Samsun 2th – 9th of October 2011

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ROMANIA, Suceava 23rd - 29th of April, 2012
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