We were eager to travel to Poland, more distant and more unknown than Germany for us, and continue to work together in our Comenius project. We were afraid to have very low temperatures, but the weather forecast was good and indeed we enjoyed the sunshine and spring temperatures.
The trip was long. First we flew to Munich, where we met with German teachers and students. It's funny how young people feel embarrassed when they meet after a long time, but after a few days together they could not say goodbye without a tear. Then we flew to Warsaw, where we were met Monica, an English teacher, who led us to Chelm, where we arrived very tired at night.
To begin this second meeting, the school headmaster welcomed us, and Polish students showed us the different parts of the school: classrooms, gym, pool, etc. The school is classic and modern at the same time. Then, each Comenius group (Germans, Polish and Spanish) presented their part of work to prepare the book we will publish with the contents of the project.
Chelm is a nice quiet town surrounded by countryside and nature. We walked by its streets and parks, and do sightseeing visiting some churches and, of course, its famous chalk mine guarded by the ghost. We tried to learn some words in Polish, but pronunciation is quite hard for us, and we had the opportunity to taste the food and polish typical dishes.
It should be noted, because of its importance, our visit to the Majdanek concentration camp and to the Ukrainian city of Lviv. In Majdanek we could see how reality is harder than fiction, and realize that human beings are capable of both the best and the worst. Across the border, we learnt abot a new and beautiful city beyond the EU, which is also walking towards this increasingly globalized world in which we live.
We also worked on the cover of our book. We draw some different sketches and then voted and chose the best. Finally, we organized the next steps and tasks in the project. It was a wonderful time. Time becomes longer and more intense when we live new experiences.
Thanks to our Polish hosts, we have enjoyed and learned a lot. We have lived and worked together, and so we got to know each other a little bit better. It is very gratifying to see that despite the differences, we are able to understand and work together. In fact, we are not very different, but we fear the unknown. We are convinced that intercultural dialogue makes us more human, and that is why it is one of our main targets in education.
We already have an eye on our third meeting, which will be on Spanish ground. We will be waiting with open arms. See you there!