TURKEY’S MEMORIES ……………..pages 4 and 5
MADEIRA: AN INTERVIEW…………pages 6 and 7
GREEK CURIOSITIES ……………pages 8 and 9
PORTUGAL CHRONICLES………...pages 10 and 11
It was the first journey in the Comenius Proyect. We went by bus to the airport in Madrid,
which was about one hour by car from our city, Toledo. The journey by plane took 2
hours to Instambul, although it took us 4 hours since we arrived at the airport until they
gave us our luggage. When we arrived, the Turkish people were waiting for us. Then we
caught a bus and it took us to our house with the corresponding partner.
The following day, we met again at the school called VKV Koç Özel Lisesi really early, at
7 o’ clock. The school was amazing and we made friends very quikcly.
In the afternoon we went to Santa Sofia, and finally we visited the blue mosque, one of
the biggest monuments in Instambul.
The third day, we played football against the Turkish students at the high school and in the
evening, we saw the Big Bazaar in which we could buy a lot of traditional things from Tur-
key. In the Big Bazaar, a pickpocket stole the wallet from a Spanish partner. Fortunately,
he had more money.
For dinner, we went to one of the best restaurants in Instambul. We felt very comfortable
because we ate all we wanted in very good company.
Tha last day in Instambul, we were very sad because we had go to Bursa and say good
bye to our Turkish friends. When we had taken all the photos and asked for the messen-
gers, we visited the Big Bazaar once more and walked through the city. Raul, our Spanish
partner, made a promise to our teacher about his hair, and we went to a hairdressing and
he had his hair cut. Then, we took a ferry to go to Bursa, where we met the Italian, Polish,
Holland and Greek people.
It took us an hour, then we caught taxis and we went to our new house and we
met the families in Bursa.
The next day in Bursa we went to the highschool and we presented our proyect.
Later, while we were eating, we met all the members of the Comenius Project. We
went to a factory of a kind of very famous sweet in the world called Kafkas.
The last day in Turkey, we stayed in a Spanish hotel where we enjoyed some of
the best pleasures in life: a free sauna, Spanish food, and returning to our timeta-
And that was the end of our trip!
THINGS WE FOUND VERY CURIOUS FROM TURKEY:
• Free Internet for everybody
• Starbucks in every street
• The timetable
• The kindness of the families
ANGELA OPENS HER
HEART TO US!
When did you go to Madeira and who did
you go with?
What was your first impression
I went to Madeira in May in 2009 and I of the city?
went with people one year older than me.
The city was very beautiful with a
When you arrived, how was the welcome? lot of people.
It was very nice. At first we were worried How were the people there? Are
about the airstrip because it looked very they very different from Spanish
short but nothing happened. Then, we went people?
to a festival in which our partners took part.
Later, each of us went with their partners People there were cheerful, com-
to their houses. The family was very municative and sociable.
friendly and I didn’t have any problem with
anything, I had everything that I needed, What was the strangest dish you
although the family didn’t speak English. tried there?
A cake with chocolate and many in-
gredients which I didn’t know.
Did they teach you any typical
“I had everything I needed, game from there?
although the family didn’t They didn’t teach me any typical
game from there.
Can you describe us the best ac-
tivity you did there?
The visit in cable railway to a green
Did you go to the beach? What
are beaches there like?
Yes, I went to the beach four days,
but only in one of them there was
sand, the rest were stone beaches.
What was the school like? Did you
attend any lesson?
We only saw the high school from
the outside and I didn’t go to any
lesson with them because we visited
different places in Madeira.
What was the city like? Did it
“If I could go back there,
have many monuments?
I’m sure I would return”
I was in a small city and there were
not any monuments there and if I
wanted to go out with friends I had
to go by car. The typical houses
What was the thing that surprised you
there are very small and very rural.
What surprised me most was the land-
scape because it was very green with
many cliffs and there was a lot of water
Would you come back if you could?
Yes, of course! I liked the trip very much
and if I could go there again, I’m sure
that I would go. I met a lot of people
from many countries, it was a very good
experience and it was great fun!
EVERYTHING YOU HAVE
ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW
They liked coffee very much and they
drink a typical transparent liquor that turns
grey when you move iIn Greece, people
can drink alcohol and smoke when they
are fourteen years old. Also, people could
ask for a typical Greek game whose
name is ΤΑΒΛΙ.
From the point of view of gastronomy, there were
differences in cheese: Greek cheese was stronger
than our cheese. They ate it in a lot of different
ways and in almost every meal.
One of the typical meals that they liked
most was the “sublaki”. It is meat in a stick
with a lot of spices. On the tables in bars
there were free snuff packages for consum-
A big cultural difference is religion. While in
Spain most people are catholic, in Greece they
are orthodox (another kind of Christians). The
orthodox preachers wear a kind of toga and a
cylindrical cap on their head. Churches in
Greece have domed towers.
In Greece there are pubs in which they
play traditional Greek music and dance.
There are some differences between
their dancing and music with respect to
It was the eighth of November.
We woke up very early and we
went to Barajas’ airport and
waited our plane. One hour later
we were in Lisbon. The journey
was a little bit boring but I became
happier when the plane assistant
gave us free food!
In Lisbon we visited a huge garden
with a lot of people selling nuts.
We had dinner at the “Hard Rock
Café”. This place is an amazing
and huge restaurant and it has a
lot of guitars hanging on the walls
This day we met the peo-
ple that was going to
share a part of his life with
us, it was an astonishing
experience. We stayed at
the hotel that night and
the following day at 11
o’clock we caught a bus
that picked us up to Leiria,
the village where we were
going to stay for a few
I don’t remember the
name of the school, the
name was too long for my
There, the timetable was differ-
ent, they had 5 hours at school
and 30 minutes of break between
each subject. Every break we
played computer games at the
coffe shop, it was amazing, each
pupil had a laptop!
The people there was very
friendly and my “mother” every
day bought sweets for me. We
went several times out of the city,
for example to the beach.
The last day we went to the
bowling, I think it was the best
day of the trip!
I have learnt a lot of
things in this journey,
for example, the im-
portante of travelling
abroad because is an
that will help you to
speak Englisk fluently
and to make a lot of
fantastic friends who I
won’t ever forget!
THE GROUP OF SPANISH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
WANT TO BE GRATEFUL TO:
_ EUROPEAN PROYECT THAT HAS GIVEN US THE OP-
PORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT NEW CULTURES AND MA-
KE A LOT FRIENDS.
_ THE EDUCATIVE CENTRES INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT.
_ THE PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO HAVE RECEIVED
US AT THEIR HOMES WHERE WE HAVE FELT AS PART OF
“A BROTHER CAN’T BE A FRIEND, BUT A FRIEND WILL BE
ALWAYS A BROTHER” (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN)
BE HAPPY =D
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