Short story 4

Miguel Hernández: Elegy (XXIX: From ‘El Rayo Que No Cesa’)

(In Orihuela, his town and mine, Ramon Sije, whom I loved so much,

has died like lightning, he and I.)

I want to be, friend of my soul,
the tearful gardener of the earth you occupy
and enrich, all too soon.

Feeding the rain, the snail-shells
and organs, my grief,
to the desolate poppies

I’ll give your heart for food
Such sorrow gathers in my chest,
that I mourn with painful breath.

A harsh slap, an icy blow,
an invisible, murderous axe-stroke,
a brutal thrust has felled you.

There’s no expanse big enough for my pain,
I weep for my misfortune and yours
and I feel your death more than I do my life.

I walk on the tracks of the dead,
and without warmth from anyone, or consolation
I go from my feelings to my work.

Too soon death lifted in flight,
too soon the dawn broke,
too soon you’re surrounded with earth.

No forgiveness for lovesick death,
no forgiveness for thankless life,
no forgiveness for earth or nothingness.

A storm rises, in my hands,
of rocks, lightning bolts, harsh axes,
thirsty and hungry for catastrophes.

I want to gnaw at the earth with my teeth,
I want to take the earth apart bit by bit
with dry, burning bites.

I want to mine the earth till I find you,
and kiss your noble skull,
and un-shroud you, and return you.

You’ll return to my garden, my fig tree:
In the high trellises of flowers,
of angelic labours and waxes,

Your soul will flit like a bee.
You’ll return to the ploughmen’s lullaby
at their beloveds’ windows

You’ll brighten the shadow of my brow,
and your girl and the bees will go along,
on both sides, arguing over your blood.

My eager voice of a lover
calls from a field of foaming almonds,
to your heart, now ruined velvet.

To the winged souls of the creamy
almond blossoms I summon you,
we’ve so much to speak of,
friend of my soul, me and you.

10th of January 1936



Once more time Pangea international meetings are very successful. Spanish team is very grateful to the Polish team for the great meeting they have organised. Congratulations to Jacek, Grazyna and Halina.

Our trip started in the lovely city of Krakow where we had the opportunity for a nice night walk around the old city center.


On Tuesday morning 29 september 2015 we visited Wielicka salt mine and we met there with the whole Pangea group.

_DSC0070 It was an interesting visit being dressed as real miners, walking around the tunnels and knowing all the tasks a miner had to do to obtain the salt.

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And at the end of the visit we were certificated as professional miners of the Miners’ Route in the Wielicka Salt Mine.


After this interesting visit to Wielicka Salt Mine we visited Stanislaw Lem Science Garden in Krakow, it is an educational theme park where there are 60 interactive spots situated among trees presenting wonders of physics in an interesting and entertaing way. It is a Garden of experiencies.


The following day, all members of Pangea project participating is this meeting were received by the mayor of Prszemysl in the nice building of the Town Hall. We want to thank the hospitality we received. We interchanged presents from our cities Orihuela and Prszemysl.





After the great welcome in the town hall we visited  the Museum of Bells and Pipes and Fortess Exhibition at Przemysl Grodnu Museum.


Later this day we also visited Fortress buildings at Siedliska.


And in the evening, British, Finish and our Spanish students did their presentations on the texts worked for this meeting: “The Invincible” and “Futurological Congress” from the Polish author Stanislaw Lem.


Spanish teachers are very proud of the good job of students from IES Gabriel Miró (Orihuela) are doing in this project and we congratulate to Trino and Cristina for their good presentation.


Next day, Thursday 1st October 2015 we visited the school of the Polish Pangea team, Gimnasium Nr 5. We had a very good welcome in this school. Polish students did a presentation about history of Poland.

P1070641  Later we went for a tour around the school, visiting the gimnasium, some classrooms, the computer room (where we played a Quiz about S. Lem´s texts), the principal´s room,…




After the visit at Gimnasium Nr 5 we came back to the conference room in Hotel Accademia for the presentatios of Hungarian and Turkish.


On the evening that day we enjoy a wonderful Farewell dinner at Dubiecko castle. We were very well dressed for this special occasion.


 Polish team did its presentation during this evening.


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We enjoyed a lovely dinner in this castle.


P1070745Polish team were very generous with its presents for all of us. Thank you so much. One of their presents was a lovely pipe as a souvenir of Przemysl.


And It arrived the time for the certificates.

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And the evening finished with a surprise for the Spanish team. Polish students did a presentation about how they saw Spain. It was a very complete presentation of Spain. We want to thank to Eva, the Polish teacher teaching Spanish language for this presentation.

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On the last day, we enjoyed the visit to Fiore café in the center of Przemysl.


Thanks again to the Polish team for this wonderful meeting.

We hope for all of you in next Pangea meeting in Orihuela (SPAIN) from the 14th to the 18th of March 2016.


27 September 2015

Our journey to Poland started early on Sunday morning. We went to Helsinki, capital city of Finland where our flight left after 8 pm. We arrived to Krakow after 9 pm at local time. We took a taxi and went to our hotel, after that we had some time to discover Krakow at night time and it was really really beautiful.


28 September 2015

Because we arrived Krakow already on Sunday, we got a cultural day on Monday.

We already had an idea on Sunday, that it would be great experience to see Auschwitz on Monday, because it’s not so far away from Krakow. So in the morning we woke up early to get some breakfast and after breakfast we were ready to head to Auschwitz.



“Work sets you free.”


We visited both concentration camps, Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Later at the evening we had nice dinner in the old town of Krakow.


29 September 2015

On Tuesday morning we had early check-out from our hotel and then our real journey started. We met Polish teacher and student and Spanish group next to their hotel. After that we head together to the railway station. The plan for the day were visiting in Wieliczka salt mine and there we met the rest of the Pangea group.


After the 3 hours minor tour in Wieliczka we had some lunch and then we were ready to head a new place. We visited in a beautiful Stanislaw Lem Science Garden in Krakow, it was really interesting place to visit. After our garden tour, we were ready to leave to our final destination Przemyśl.


30 September 2015

The first morning in Przemyśl our plan were to visit to town hall and after that we visited the Museum of Bells and Pipes and Fortess Exhibition at Przemysl Grodnu Museum. We also head later at the day to Fortress buildings at Siedliska + we had an great opportunity to visit it in Ukraine Medyka-Shehyni border with Jacek, Spanish and Turkish team.

And in the evening when we got back to Hotel Accademia from our little trip to Ukraine border were time to British, Spanish and our Finnish students to have their presentations on the texts worked for this meeting: “The Invincible” and “Futurological Congress” from the Polish author Stanislaw Lem.


1 October 2015

On Thursday we visited the school of the Polish Pangea team, Gimnasium Nr 5. We had a really warm welcome from students and teachers. Polish students also had a presentation about history of Poland. After for some time we went for a tour around the school, visiting the gymnasium (where students had really fun time playing volleyball with Gimnasium Nr 5. students), some classrooms, the computer room where we played a Quiz about S. Lem´s texts.

After the visit at Gimnasium Nr 5. we came back to the conference room in Hotel Accademia for the presentations of Hungarian and Turkish.

Later in the evening we had Farewell Dinner in a beautiful castle named Dubiecko. Finnish team really enjoyed the dinner and we were happy to get our certifications and generous presents from Polish team. Thank you.


2 October 2015

On the last day morning it was time to say goodbye for our girls lovely host family Izabella, Renata and Boguslaw. We were really grateful for them to have us and taking so good care of us. So thank you so much! ❤

Also later of the day we didn’t have much program left anymore so it was good time to shop some last souvenirs and also visit in Fiore Café.


After saying goodbyes for other Pangea teams, it was our time to leave back to home.


Finnish team are so grateful for Polish team about the great meeting, we really enjoyed it.

Thank you!

– Oona

Snapshots of meeting 3

Day 1

Monday, 28th September 2015

After a long journey our delegation arrived in Przmysl, Poland by minibus. The host families greeeted our students and we had the opportunity to meet and have a short discussion with the Turkish group.


Day 2

Tuesday, 29th September

We set off early for Krakow to meet the rest of our parters. I was really glad to see the international Pangea team uniting once more 🙂

First, we went to the salt mine in Wieliczka. It was fantastic to explore the underground tunnels, we even had the chance to cross-cut a trunk, mine salt crystals and wander about a beautiful underground chapel.


Then we went to an open-air exhibition dedicated to Lem, where we could try and experience the various wonders of science and had a chat about Lem’s works.

Day 3

Wednesday, 30th September

After paying a visit to the mayor of Przemysl, we discovered the past of the city in the local museums.


Later on, we listened to the presentations of the English, Finnish and Spanish students about Lem’s world. They were very interesting and informative indeed 🙂


Day 4

Thursday, 1st October

In the morning we went to Gimnazjum nr 5, where, while the students were working in teams on different tasks, the teachers were asked to do a quiz on Lem’s works. Jacek showed us around the school and then we were taken to Halina, the principal’s office for a short discussion and a cup of tea with some nice cake.


The afternoon was exciting for us, as it was time for our presentions! First, the Turkish students showed a Prezi about the history of the Turkish science fiction, then it was our turn. The students of Andrássy did a great job, as usual, I was proud of being their teacher 🙂


After the presentations we were taken to the location of the farewell dinner. It was a wonderful castle from the middle ages. The Polish students greeted us with a performance on Lem’s work and a Prezi on Lem’s life.

The farewell dinner was a blast: we not only had a delicious meal but were also given a certifiacte and a large number of gifts including a pipe 🙂

Day 5

It was sad to wake up for the last day of the third Pangea project meeting 😦

We discussed what to do for the next meeting and headed back home.

All in all, we had a fruitful meeting again. Thank you, Halina, Grazina, Jacek and Gimnazjum nr 5!