The plane journey went well and we landed in
Madrid at almost 2 in the afternoon, then we
travelled by train to Avila. Our Spanish partners
were waiting for us in the train station. They were
nice and welcoming. They introduced us to their
families and we got along very well. At six, we all
went out to see some important places in Avila. We
took loads of photos, visited some tourist
attractions and had a lot of fun.
We got to school at about nine and started our first activity of the
project: meeting all the groups from the foreign countries that
were attending the meeting. At half past eleven we had the coffee
break and after that we went out in the school garden to play
football, handball, volley or basketball. We talked to the kids
from other groups and they showed us specific dances from the
countries they belong and lots of games. After the break we had
the Technology class and the teacher showed us how to do a
goniometer (device for measuring angles) and to use it.When we
finished we went to "La Posada" (a Spanish specific restaurant)
were we had a different menu. After lunch we had the treasure
hunt with mathematical steps. We visited six touristic attractions
and also found triangles. We measured a fountain and find its
depth. We counted how many triangles there were on a column.
Even though it rained, it was a day to remember, each one of us
We started the classes in the festivities hall were
teacher Valentina spoke about the mathematical ballet
and some moves we could make. The next activity was
in the library, were we made various things with
fractals. For the third activity we went to the
Polytehnic University of Avila were we measured the
altitude differences. In the evening we went for a walk
in the city and our partners bought us churros and hot
chocolate. We also visited a museum with sculptures
and we saw a miner uniform and a piece of art made
by an anonymous person who used small images to get
a big one. It was a pleasant evening.
It was my favourite day because we spent it in Madrid.
We woke up early in the morning and we went to the college, the
departure point of the coach toMadrid.
It didn't take us too long to get there.
Once we got in the city, the first thing that we visited was the
Mathematic Institute. There, we were presented different things about
Maths: how we can use it in our everyday lives, then about the Theory
of Chaos. To demonstrate the theory, our presenter made an
experiment using a double pendulum, which, at a high oscillation
speed, gains a chaotic movement.
After the visit at the Institute, the coach took us to the city centre. We
got off and walked along the large avenues of Madrid, in search of our
tour guide. To have a better understanding of the history of the
monuments around the city, we did a little role-play with some of the
characters involved in local histories. At the end of the day, we travelled
back to our hosts in Avila.
BecauseWednesday was a pretty exhausting day, when
we got to the college the next day, we practiced our
"Maths Ballet", giving us enough time to work on the
tiny details regarding our performance.The show
started with the children lying on the floor to form
“E=mc2 " seen from above. Then, each team had to
perform it's dance.
It was our last day in Avila, so we strolled in the city
with our hosts for the last time. When we got home,
we prepared our luggages for our departure.
Like everyday, we got up at 8 am and we went to the
college. There, we had some "Goodbye" activities: we
took some pictures with our hosts or with other
children and we wrote some "Goodbye" messages on a
specially dedicated wall. Then we headed for the train
station. Our train journey took us about one and a half
hours and when we arrived in Madrid, we left our
luggage there and we went to the city centre. We had a
impressing ride on the "Madrid City Tour"
doubledecker bus for about two hours, then we got to
the airport. We arrived in Bucharest at 2 am .