|A great bunch of people|
|Luben and Me|
|A great bunch of people|
|Luben and Me|
On 8th of April I went to Bulgaria with other students to work about the comenius preoject. The plane left at 19:00, so we had to be at the airport at 18:00 more or less.
We arrived at Sofia at 23:00 and we were received by three bulgarian students (Kris, Rali and Rosen).
Then, we went to the hotel and the next day we visited Sofia. It was very beautiful because it was very different from Spain and, in the same square (for example) there were buildings of all the bulgarian ages.
On Sunday we visited a touristic town called Veliko tarnovo where there was a very famous castle.
On the afternoon we visited a museum with the typical bulgarian houses and where some people sold handcraft objects.
On the evening we arrived at Kazanlak and we were received by our families. They were very nice and I felt very comfortable with them.
The next day, on monday we went to the first class (which was German) and I didn't understand anything but it was funny to see how were the classes in Bulgaria and the teachers, too. After that, we went to the meeting room with the other comenius students and we did the presentations. I was very nervous when I had to show my part of the presentation because we had to talk with a microphone and I wasn't used to do it.
On Tuesday, we went to the first class another time (english class) and I was very surprised when I saw a poster on the wall which said: "Work while you work, play while you play. This is the way to be happy and gay" because one of my teachers said it; and I asked Ralitsa to do a photo of that poster. When we went to the meeting room we did the "situations" and we danced the typical bulgarian dance.
On Wednesday we said goodbye to the families and we left Bulgaria. I was very sad because it was one of the best experiences I've ever lived and I have a lot of friends there.
The things that I like most are the people, the folklore show, the museum of hand-crafting, the visit around Sofia...
When Luis told me that I would go to Bulgaria I couldn't imagine how was it like, I didn't know enough information about that country but when I went there, I fell in love with the town, the people... It was amazing and I miss them (country and people) so much!
The first two days were used to adapt to time there. It is a cold country and the decoration of the facade of the buildings gave you the feeling of cold. When we visited Sofia, we could see the contrast between old and new buildings. We could also see that while not hear much about Bulgaria, it was a very important country in history. We visited the ruins there of old.
The site that I liked was Veliko Tarnovo. The first day in Veliko Tarnovo was a little short because we arrived in the afternoon and we couldn't do anything. At night we went for a walk and saw the light show that made in the fortress.
The next day we visited the fort and saw the church that had the top. The decoration of the church was awesome. It was full of paintings. The only thing I didn't like was that it was very windy.
After visiting the fortress back to the hotel to take the case and go to the coach, we arrived to Kazanlak and our host families were waiting there. The first day with the family was a bit strange because you didn't know what to say and had a lot of embarrassment but the other days was different because you had already used to being with them and communicate in English.
The next day we went to make the German class with students who welcomed us. It was a bit boring because we didn't know what they were saying in German. What struck me is that they have long breaks between classes. After doing the class with them, we had to make oral presentations on the work of minority languages. We did quite well and the video had been very good. The oral presentation was complicated because speaking English in front of people you just met always ashamed and get nervous. All participating countries have done well.
In the afternoon we went to a park where we played a football match and practice a sport that is played in Ireland. At night we went to dinner at a restaurant and then some dancers made us a demonstration of the typical dances in Bulgaria. Then we all dance and it was fun.
On Tuesday we had to do a job: we had to translate a few phrases in Catalan and in Aranese. In the afternoon we went to buy souvenirs for our families, then went to a music bar called Hollywood and at night we all went to dinner at the same restaurant. On Wednesday was the last day we were in Bulgaria. In the morning we saw the act that was taken for completing the work in Bulgaria and we were given diplomas which said we had worked on the european program called Comenius.Then we went to visit a grave and then we had to go to the bus for the airport. This time was the most distressing because it was when you had to say goodbye to the people who had been there. The return trip was sad because we had become accustomed to life there and the people were very friendly and pleasant.
In general, this experience has been very good because I have practiced English, I have met new people, and especially to see how people live that is not under the same conditions that our country and the value they place on things. People are very friendly and nice, and the house where I was, I felt like in my own home.
I would like to repeat an experience like this again.