The Students’ Second Transnational Meeting, which took place in city of Siaulia in Lithuania was a real success. Both students and teachers had the opportunity to learn more about the culture and the history of the hosting country. The friendly atmosphere made room for easy communication and work team.
The Romanian Students’ Opinions about the Meeting in Lithuania
Simon Andreea, 10th grade E, Economic High School, Arad
Outdoor Geography Lesson
We got to Nida Beach on the third day of our wonderful experience. We travelled by the bus for about three hours to get to the ship which took us to the superb beach .
The most interesting fact was that there were sand dunes all over the place. I was really surprised to see The Baltic Sea, the forest and the sand dunes, all in the same place.
We entered the forest where we found lots of interesting wood statues .
Nida Beach is one of the most amazing places i have ever seen and I wish I could see it again.
Stoica Amalia, 10th grade E, Economic High School Arad
Visiting the Siauliai Sports School
The time spent in Lithuania was really great. I loved the activities and our hosts, who were very friendly and did their best for us to feel as if we had been at home.
During the first day of our project meeting, we visited “Siauliai Sporto Gimnazija” school. At the entrance, we were kindly welcomed by the school masot. Two girls, dressed up in traditional clothes served us with traditonal cumen bread and salt.
After that, we were led by the Lithuanian students and teachers in the Festivities Hall. At first, we sang the national anthem of each participating country and then we watched a beautiful show, put on stage by our hosts. I found the dancing team pretty amazing and I was impressed by the little children playing the violin so beautifully. We also learnt some basic Lithuanian words.
Each participating country had a short theatrical performance, presenting traditional myths and customs.
I liked this week a lot, because I made new friends from Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal. Moreover, I learnt new, intresting facts about the culture of this Baltic country.
Vintila Andreea, 10th grade D, Economic High School Arad
Crafts and Traditional Food Day
Last week, it was the best week in my life. I saw new places and I met special people. This is why, the last day was the hardest and saddest of all.
At 3 p.m, we went by bus at an old house located outside the city. There, we met the other students and teachers: Lithuanian, Turkish and Portuguese. It was the last meeting. In the begining we had to arrange a table with traditional Romanian food. Each country had good but strange food. At our table we had zacusca, traditional cheese, sponge cake, tomatoes, onions and many more. We were happy to see how successful our food was. Zacusa was the star of the activity.
Then it was time to learn traditional crafts, We showed the other students how to make special puppets for the 1st of March. We learnt from the Lithuanians how to make hay crowns and from the Portuguese how to make hand-made jewellery.
We also learnt to dance traditional Lithuanian dances and Damat Halayi, a Turkish traditional dance similar to the the Romanian ”hora”. After the sun set, the Lithuanians lit a great camp fire. We all started to cry, because we realized that in a few hours we would never see each other again.
I wish I could turn back time. I will never forget the people I met during this amazing experience.
Hodisan Andreea, 10th grade D, Economic High School, Arad
The first day we were greeted at school by the school mascot and two girls who offered us traditional rye bread.
On Monday I went into the Festivities Room, where I had the opportunity to view a nice welcome show prepared by the Lithuanian students and teachers. We listened to the live performance of a highly talented guitarist and of a group of young gifted violonists.
Then, each country presented a national folk tale by means of a theatrical performance. The Lithuanians presented a sea related story. The Portuguese presented us their country and also a folk tale. The Turkish students taught us how to dance some traditional dances. We, the Romanians, presented the danced performed by young, unmarried girls during the Sanziene celebration.
The presentations were followed by ice-breaking activities, which allowed us to know each other better.
Antila Loredana, 10th grade F, Economic High School, Arad
Žaliūkių Village Miller’s Farmstead
One of my favourite activities was to bake bread at žaliūkių Village Miller’s Farmstead, where the mistress of the house meets you with a welcoming smile.
We saw the Lithuanian bread baking process and also learned about traditions and rituals. I enjoyed making and decorating my own loaf, bake and taste it.
The traditional Lithuanian bread is black and it is made with natural ingredients (rye).
It was a great experience that I will never forget.
Stupariu Alexandra, 11th grade F, Economic High School, Arad
One of the most interesting activities was the one which took place at the chocolate factory.
Monday, after school activities, we went to the chocolate factory, where we were presented the history of chocolate and various types of chocolate beans. The chocolate tree comes from South America, from where it was brought to Europe.
There are 3 types of chocolate : ⋅dark chocolate, which contains a very high percentage of chocolate and small percentage of sugar, ⋅milk chocolate with more sugar than chocolate and white chocolate similar to milk chocolate.
My favorite chocolate is milk chocolate because it is very sweet. I was very impressed when I saw a wall of chocolate. After the presentation, we saw a short movie about Ruda Factory and how they used to make chocolate in the past.
We had the occasion to make our own chocolate in the laboratory. We used marzipan and three kinds of chocolate according to our preference.
I was very happy because I had the chance to see a chocolate laboratory and make my own chocolate. I would love to go there again.