Last day of the exchange and it is already in our heads the idea that we have to say goodbye. It’s time to spend the day together, sharing our experience and feelings. We reflected on what we have learned, what has surprised us and the evolution we have experienced.
We also put together everything we’ve done these days, and we value what we liked most and what we liked least.
Our mind needs to create stereotypes, but we are the ones who have great power to turn them into tolerance or prejudice, that was the idea for that workshop.
Already during the kayakactivity Memory Pills exchange participants were talking about the stereotypes they have about different countries.
Later, after returning to the residence, taking as starting point academic information by researchs in the field, the knoledge was involved in several games that helped through learning by doing. We imagined a German person and suddenly we had a lot of stereotypes about their nation in our brain. Then we imagined someone from Bhutan and we were all silent…
After the presentation about the Youth in Action Program, Memory Pills exchange participants know what activities that can be done with the support of this program of the European Commission. The eyes of all participants began to shine in joy
The Youth Exchange is finishing and one of the most difficult task, the Romería is already done. Now we deserve a good trip to discover the amazing nature of the island. For that we had a special activity prepared, thanks to the help of “El Cardón” we have the chance to discover the Northwest corner of the Island in a Kayak trip of around 3 hours.
We split in couples and start by learning the basic skills to drive a boat, and then just go.. and learning by doing. Every couple, has to adapt to the rhythm and speed of the other, and coordinate to go in the desired destination. It seems not so easy to everyone, but with a little bit of help all the group enjoyed a great experience on open waters.
The Latvian group presented their country.Upon entering each person received a bracelet with antique and traditional designs that represent ancestral beliefs.
As participants are from different cities, each one spoke a bit of his own: Riga (the capital), Daugavpils and Liepaja. They had also brought many products from their country, such as delicious chocolates with exotic flavors. We also tried a cold soup of black bread with berries and fruit that was sweet and delicious.
The workshop “Ideas about Europe” allowed the participants to make a reflection about Europe and European Union and to generate an interesting debate.
The first question participant had to face was the simple idea of how to define Europe. From cultural, geographical passing to historical definitions, most of them gave their version of which are the borders of that could be considered Europe. Finally, an agreement was adopted in the geographical version, establishing the borders on the East in the Ural Mountains, although some participants, mainly from Canary Islands, disagree once that this could leave outside their homeland.
A romería is a celebration of Catholic origin consisting of a journey or pilgrimage (in festooned carts, carriages, on horseback or on foot) that goes to a sanctuary or chapel of the Madonna or the patron saint of the place, typically located in a country setting or mountain.
Romería attracts legions of people dressed in the traditional manner of the islands, singing folk songs and offering the most representative culinary products to the present people. This gives this event a colorful and an excellent opportunity to learn about an important aspect of canarian and spanish culture.
We started from morning decorating our wagon with the flags of the participating countries in the exchange and some logos. We also prepare some food to be handed out later.
In summertime, in Canary Islands and in many towns in Spain, there are many romerías, a mix between pilgrimage, parade and feast. In these parties, local people use to step onto wagons or carts and distribute food to the public in the streets. It is a very popular feast where everybody wear traditional costumes, sing, dance and share.
We took part in Romería de San Benito, the most important in La Laguna. So we needed to prepare a lot of food to share during the parade. We worked in groups to do some gofio. We also put on little bags “chochos” or “altramuces”, lupines in english; it’s a salty fruit eaten as snack.
Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Tenerife. Its 3.718-metre-high summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic Ocean.
The volcano and its surroundings comprise the Teide National Park. The park has an area of 18,900 hectares and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007. Is also one of the most visited National Parks in the world, with a total of 2.7 million visitors (ISTAC, 2011).
Slovenian participants presented their country. They have brought sweets and welcome us with heart-shaped cookies. Let’s meet sLOVEnia!
In the part of the country where Brigita and Monika live, there is a great tradition in the honey production. The beehives are made from natural materials and are bell-shaped. In addition, each beehive has at its door a small table with drawings. The drawings depict traditional scenes and are very old. They are different for each hive, so bees can locate the hive in which they live.