Spain, Orihuela 2016

This post is over year late, sorry!

Me (Essi) and my friend Pauliina were part of the Pangea project in Spain, Orihuela in March 2016. Our flight lasted about four hours (Finland to Spain). I was on the plane for the first time! It was a thrill!

We arrived late at night at to the Alicante’s airport. Then we take a bus at the train station and on the train we headed towards to the Orihuela. In Orihuela’s train station there were the family members from our host families waiting us and they took us to their homes.

During our visit we visited at the school, theater, shopping centre, science museum, city hall, beach, restaurants, and many museums. We were very pleased with how all the activities were organized!

If I have to say what was the favorite thing on the whole trip, it was getting to know nice new people and the environment compared to our homeland the cold and dark Finland.

We are grateful that we got to be part of this project!

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Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.

Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.

Henkilön Essi Hyvönen kuva.

Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.

Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.Henkilön Pauliina Peltonen kuva.

 

 

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Orihuela Pangea Project Erasmus+

I cannot begin to describe how fortunate I feel to have been a part of this amazing journey. I feel so grateful for the opportunities I had to further my knowledge and understanding of topics that I planned on using as part of my A2 Spanish exam. I was able to immerse myself in the Spanish culture and make lifelong friends who towards the end of the trip were extremely difficult to part with. Over the course of the journey we had created a special bond, a bond that I believe will always unite us no matter where we all are in the world. I want to thank the Pangea project and staff for making this experience unforgettable for myself and all the other students involved; it is definitely a memory that I will cherish forever. We are all extremely fortunate to speak more than one language and I cannot emphasise enough how important this was for us all to be able to communicate with people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds; something this project enabled us to do. I believe the best education anyone can receive is experience and thanks to the Pangea project we gained lots of it. Being part of a team has taught me skills that I can use in more than just the professional area of my life. My relationships on a personal level improved and I am no longer afraid to open up to people and create new long lasting relationships in such a short amount of time. We were all sad about how quickly our time together came to an end but I’m optimistic for the future as I know that one day we’ll all cross paths again.

Sophia Ben-Maatoug