Monday 28th September
We made the journey from Stansted airport to Kraków airport, and were greeted by a Polish student and a Polish teacher from Przemyśl when we arrived. We then went in a taxi to our hotel in Kraków, Hotel Campanile, and checked in to unpack and relax. After this, we went exploring in Kraków old town and saw all the Polish market stalls, along with some shops we don’t have in England. We went to a traditional Polish restaurant and ate some interesting food from the Polish culture, which we enjoyed. We stayed in Kraków until around 7pm, so got to see the town lit up beautifully. After checking back into our hotel again, we met downstairs to order some food and to make final adjustments to our presentation that we were doing on Wednesday.
Tuesday 29th September
Today we went to have breakfast at our hotel, and tried many new things for breakfast which were traditional in Poland. We decided we wanted to see more of Kraków, so at around 10am, we went out again and visited Wawel Castle. This was a beautiful castle and we took lots of stereotypical tourist photos. We got tickets to see the state rooms, and really enjoyed looking around them. Of course we bought some postcards and sent some to our family.
After walking back to our hotel, we packed up our suitcase as today we were moving hotels to one in Przemyśl, but before that we went to the LEM Science Park. We learnt a lot here and it meant we had a larger scientific knowledge on the literary topic of the trip, ‘science fiction’. Here, we met all the other students and teachers from the different countries, which was a great experience. After this, we got in a coach to go to Przemyśl, and to our hotel, Hotel Accademia. After again unpacking everything we headed down to dinner, and met up with all the other students.
First had breakfast at our hotel, and got ready for the busy day ahead. After we were all ready we set off and walked to the centre of Przemyśl, where we visited the Bells and Pipes museum and the Przemyśl fortress, where we learnt all about the history of Przemyśl, and how its significance in 20th century history.
After sightseeing around Przemyśl, we went back to the hotel, had lunch and then all the students had free time to talk and find out more about each other and their cultures. In the evening, we had dinner, and then 3 of the 5 countries presented their science fiction presentations. After watching and listening to these, I learnt a lot about science fiction and the different cultures involved.
Thursday 1st October
Today we had breakfast in the hotel, and shortly after that, we headed off to Gimnazjum Nr 5 School in Przemyśl, where the students and teachers were separated to do different activities and to look around the school. These activities included making a quiz on what we had already learnt in Przemyśl, and also another quiz related to Stanisław Lem’s novels. After this, everyone was reunited and we walked back to the hotel.
After eating a large lunch, we had the 2 remaining presentations to watch, Turkish and Hungarian. Again, we all learnt a lot because of these presentations, which was good as that was the main aim. After this, the students had free time.
In the evening, we all got on a coach to visit the Dubiecko Krasicki manor, where we had a tour of the amazingly decorated manor. After the tour, we watched the Polish students re-enact a science fiction book, which was done amazingly well! After watching that, we had dinner in the manor, which was a great last meal together for all of us. As well as having a meal, we also all were given certificates of achievement and locally made gifts from the Polish Head Teacher. We were extremely grateful for this and will thoroughly enjoy all our gifts.
Day 5 –
Friday 2nd October
Today was our last day, so we decided to go to Przemyśl again to buy more gifts for people back home. Sadly, before this, we had to say goodbye to a few of the students and teachers who had to go to their airport earlier. Despite this, we still had a great time in Przemyśl and took lots of photos to show everyone. We then departed from the bigger group of people to do some more shopping for food as we would be at the airport for a while. After buying our final essentials for the journey, we headed back to the hotel to have lunch and do the final parts of our packing.
Then we had to do the most upsetting part, saying goodbye to everyone who had made the trip so fantastic! This was an extremely emotional moment as we had really bonded with everyone over the week.
In this link you can access to the article about the third Pangea meeting held in Poland in October 2015 published in the web page of the Valencia Regional Educational Government in the two official languages of our region, Spanish and Valencian.
Check out my ppt about my experiences in Przemysl, Poland.
In Monday in the 28th of September started an exchange with students from six countries. British and Spanish students with their teachers arrived to the Cracow in this day. Finnish people were there a day before us. In the next day we were going to salt mine Wieliczka. Turks and Hungarians went with Polish students from Przemyśl and joined to us in Wieliczka. The visiting in salt mine was amazing experience because we could see under the ground and learn a history of this place. On the walls in underground corridors we saw crystallized salt. Our guide told us many interesting facts. At the end of the expedition we got certificates of staying in a salt mine. Later we went to StanisławLem’s park in the Cracow. In this place we undersood the laws of physics. The park include four sections: devices that demonstrate the phenomenon of physics, geological exhibition, sensory exhibition and acoustic exposure. In the same day we went to Przemyśl. The travel from the Cracow was tiresome but funny.
In the next day at 9 o’clock we met together in Accademia hotel. Then we went for a walk along Przemyśl’ streets. The next point in the plan was meeting with secretary of Przemyśl’ president, Dariusz Łapa. He showed us presentation about our town and its history. On the way to Museum of Bells and Pipes we made a lot of photos with our foreign visitors. In the clock tower guide was waiting for us in order to showed to everybody history about Przemyśl’ pipes and presented most valuable collections of museum. The best part of the museum for our visitors was the view from terrace on top of the tower. Later we went to Museum the ground of Przemyśl. There we learned accurate history of Przemyśl. Then we went to hotel to ate lunch. After meal our visitors went to Ukrainian-Polish border. In the evening all groups met in hotel’ conference room. The presentations about StanisławLem’ story showed students from Spain, Finland and Great Britain. After the exciting day we returned to our accommodation to relax and get ready for another great day.
The Thursday morning we began from meeting in our school ‘’Kantówka’’. Initially Polish students presented history about our country, Poland. Later we were working in groups. We had to make a quiz which was include eight questions about Przemyśl. After making the quiz, our visitors visited school and solved an Internet quiz about StanisławLem and his story. At the 1 p.m. we returned to the hotel where we ate lunch and met in conference room where Turkish and Hungarian students showed their presentations. After free time at 4 p.m. we went to the Palace in the Dubiecko where took place solemn dinner. There we showed our film under the title ‘’Dehalucines’’ and magazine from 2039. At the end of the dinner party everybody got the certificates and some souvenirs from Przemyśl. At the end girls showed a presentation about culture and traditions from Spain. At 9 p.m. we returned to Przemyśl.
In Friday at 8.30 a.m. we met together in front of hotel for last time. After 30 minutes it was time to say goodbye to two groups, from Turkey and Hungary. We made a lot of photos. Then we decided that showed our town for last time. We went to the square market and to the best café in the Przemyśl. Later we returned to the hotel and ate last meal together. After lunch we spent time with our new friends. We said goodbye them with tears with our eyes.
The next exchange ended. I thought that we have never forgot it. We didn’t only showed our presentations about Polish writer and his story. We made friendships and met new fantastic people. We learned about foreign cultures, traditions, we talked about Poland and improved our English language. Everybody learned curiosities about StanisławLem. This exchange was a fantastic experience and we are waiting for meetings in another countries. We are ready for new challenges.
Right after our third project meeting, the students taking part in the Pangea project were asked to make posters about their experiences so far.
Their work is now exhibited on the gound floor of our school, greeting every student in the morning.
A newspaper article about our trip to Poland also appeared in the local paper, the Heves Megyei Hírlap on October 26th, 2015.