The first Transnational Meeting to Carsamba, Turkey was a real success. The students enjoyed their time there and were given unique opportunities to learn and understand the Turkish society. They also managed to overcome the language barrier and become friends in spite of the different cultural backgrounds.
The students’ opinions on the Carsamba meeting can be found in the following lines. They can also be read on the site belonging to the Portuguese Team; to see the Portuguese site, click here.
DANIELA BESSA MOREIRA (Portugal)
Here’s the opinion of a Portuguese about this meeting. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Why? First: I have improved my cultural self, I know so many new things that I will never forget. A mosque? One of the most beautiful things I laid my eyes on- it is magical to see it, to see how people pray. I changed my way of having breakfast for a week and it was hard in the beginning but now, all I wish in the morning is a boiled egg, tomatoes, bread and tea. I know Turkish now! I know how to say “Good Morning” (Gunaiden), “Hello” (Merhava) and that’s “taman” (Ok) for me. One thing I really loved was to visit Sinop- it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
Second: I have made amazing new friends that I will not forget, not even in a billion years. Lithuanians? They are a people full of life, always happy, making jokes and weird faces and they know how to pronounce Portuguese! Turkish? Really fun people and really, really nice! Romanian? Oh, the Romanian? The Romanian are the ones we talked the most to, they always hung out with us being just the nice people they are; we might start a really nice conversation with them, but then we ended up throwing peanuts at each other, just because. They were not easy to leave behind, we were all really depressed, there’s a reason why: Romanian are one of a kind. “Imi e dor de tine” (I miss you) Romanians!
To end this, we had amazing teachers by our side to make this trip even better and an amazing Vanessa!
BOGDAN RADU PECICAN ABOUT PORTUGUESE PEOPLE
The Portuguese have good food, they make very good “natas” (very good cookies). They like to share their food with other people, even if this is not something usual for me (to share food with other people); and they are very, very, very friendly people.
NEGRU ADELINA ABOUT TURKISH PEOPLE
The Turkish people are very nice and welcoming. They have good food (too much meat for me, but still good), they have good music and strong coffee! All Turkish students even the ones that were not part of the project wanted to talk to us. I felt great!
RENATA FODOR ABOUT LITHUANIAN PEOPLE
The Lithuanian people really like to have fun and they like music a lot. When they don’t listen to music, they sing, which in the beginning was strange for us, because we don’t sing so much in Romania (or at least not when others are around), but we ended up singing too.