There were us / Por Lubomir Ballek

There were us, three Czech boys, and five Spanish girls sitting on some concrete panels somewhere in the center of Zaragoza…

Proyecto Comenius / Por Cristina López y Patricia Alfonso

Vamos a contaros como fueron los días en los que recibimos a los chicos checos…

There were us

Lubomir Ballek

There were us, three Czech boys, and five Spanish girls sitting on some concrete panels somewhere in the center of Zaragoza and I thought „This is lovely! “ We were talking about nothing, we were doing nothing but it was still beautiful and extraordinary – we were just a group of foreigners knowing each other for only few days but we were enjoying these silent moments as if we knew each other for years.

The project Comenius, patronized by the EU, brought together three different nations – Spanish, Italians and Czechs (I was one of the Cezch ones) in order to exchange information about each other’s national culture. The project was divided into three face-to-face visits. Firstly, the Spanish and Italian groups came to visit and get to know the Czech Republic in late 2009. Secondly, our Spanish visit to Zaragoza took place in March 2010. Thirdly, the visit to Italy will take place this May.

Our Czech group consisted of six students plus two teachers and we came to Zaragoza from the Barcelona airport by a (for us super-fast) train. The welcome at the Zaragoza train station was tremendous! The Spanish group (only girls, no boys) welcomed us with a huge colorful sign saying „Cuerpos!“

I stayed in two apartments during our four days visit. There was the the lovely Aliaga‘s family where I stayed the first night. The other two nights I spent in the always laughing Pallares‘ family. Both families were great and it is incredible that both me and the families needed only a few minutes to start liking each other. Upon departure I felt I had two new families. I loved the dads, moms, and siblings. They were all pleasant people, very natural, genuine and enjoyable to talk to.

There were lots of things going on during our stay in Zaragoza – a basketball game, club going, visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and many other sights, hanging out in the enormous Zaragoza’s parks (my favourite activity) or eating great traditional meals. We met a lot of friendly people including the Spanish and Italian students and of course, the Spanish teachers. The bosses were Mamen and Ramone, then there was the inspiring curly haired art teacher or mysterious and charismatic philosophy teacher. The only uncomfortable factor of the whole trip I can think of was the never-ending Zaragoza’s wind (just my individual opinion – I guess some people love wind).

Finally, the whole visit was full of ordinary yet unforgettable moments such as already mentioned relaxing on concrete panels. I believe these moments are quite common for people of one nationality living in one country, but it is unusually exceptional and beautiful for people from three different nations. It seemed as if there were no national, cultural or religious differences, no borders among three completely different countries whatsoever – as if all the people from all the world were all the same, only speaking different languages.

Proyecto Comenius

Cristina López y Patricia Alfonso

Vamos a contaros como fueron los días en los que recibimos a los chicos checos, los cuales no olvidaremos.

Sábado 20:

Alrededor de las 18:15h estábamos todas en la estación esperando ansiosas después de 5 meses a que llegara el tren procedente de Praga. Los recibimos con sonrisas, gritos abrazos e incluso con una pancarta en la cual ponía la frase que nos había acompañado en nuestro viaje a la República Checa: ¡CUERPOS! Esta calurosa bienvenida les hizo sentirse como en su casa desde el primer minuto. Después del recibimiento, de conocer a las familias y de cenar, les llevamos a que conociesen un poco (estaban muy cansados) la fiesta española.

Domingo 21:

Nos levantamos con emoción y preparadas para animar a nuestro equipo de baloncesto y, tras ver como ganaban, nos fuimos a comer.

Pasamos la tarde en el parque grande hasta la hora en la que los llevamos al estadio de la Romareda a ver el partido Zaragoza-Barcelona (estaban muy emocionados con el Barcelona) donde una vez finalizado los fuimos a buscar para ir a casa que al día siguiente había que madrugar.

Lunes 22:

Por la mañana les llevamos a clase de economía y a segunda hora bajamos para reunirnos con el grupo de italianos y fuimos a visitar algunas de las zonas más importantes de Zaragoza como La Aljafería o El Pilar. Tras una larga caminata nos fuimos a comer para acudir por la tarde puntuales a ver las presentaciones que habíamos preparado cada país para el proyecto las cuales fueron muy entretenidas.

Martes 23:

Nos levantamos con pocas ganas sabiendo lo que nos esperaba, lo peor de estos casos, la despedida. En el colegio estuvimos haciendo fotos de grupo hasta que llego la hora de su partida.

Aquí ha “terminado” nuestra experiencia la cual hemos sabido aprovechar y de lo que estamos totalmente seguras es que no la cambiamos por nada.