General impression about how is the work into the European Project!
When we hear the words “European Project” we are so excited because we know that will be an excellent opportunity to met new people, new places and to learn something new and useful. Is true that involved seriously and works. But the travel and the moments spent in it are unique. Time spend working on the project bring satisfaction or disappointment. That depends on how much interest you give proof of how much you want to do everything very well.
Always you have to do something new and something very interesting. You have chance to meet teenagers like you and see how their life and study is. Also you will certainly see their tourism and costumes.
Maybe the trip it will be tiring but what counts when you have so much to do and so many new places to explore? Meeting people you can compare their behavior with yours.
Beside the exchange of experiences, we could make new friends. We will try new food, and we will discover new tastes.
Another interesting thing that we made during our Comenius experiences is to attend at different classes from the partners' schools. We can see how others students spend their leisure time and if is different from ours.
Of course, Comenius project is an occasion to use the English lesson from the school. It's an opportunity to learn more English, but also an opportunity to learn word in other European languages.
Although, during mobilities time, you miss at your usual courses, you will take part in classes prepared by all the teachers involved in the project and the project coordinator who is my teacher.
I suppose the little free time moments are shared with new friends, preparing you for next Comenius activities.
Another thing that I find interesting in Comenius activities is to learn about partners' folk music and dances.
There are so many things to see, so many thing to learn, so many thing to tell, that the time will be to short and I am sure that each of us would even like to repeat at least once to live the Comenius' experience.
I consider all those participate in this great project can be called lucky ; they have this unique opportunity. I cannot wait a new journey, to share new adventures from Comenius time.
Turkey is a Eurasian country who is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest, Greece to vest, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia Azerbaijan and Iran to the east and Iraq and Syria to east. The predominant religion in Turkey is the Islam. Turkey is secular, democratic and constitutional republic. The capital of Turkey is Ankara. The biggest city from Turkey is Istanbul. Turkey is divided in seven regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean.
Architectural elements found in Turkey are also testaments to the unique mix of traditions that have influenced the region over the centuries. In addition to the traditional Byzantine elements present in numerous parts of Turkey, many artifacts of the later Ottoman architecture, with its exquisite blend of local and Islamic traditions, are to be found throughout the country, as well as in many former territories of the Ottoman Empire. Sinan is widely regarded as the greatest architect of the classical period in Ottoman architecture.
Gaziantep is the city in southeastern Anatolia and it is the sixth largest city in Turkey. Its population, economical situation, tourism potential, and Greater Municipality make the city metropolitan. It connects Southeast Anatolia to the West with highways and railways at it is the center of them and as its airport has become international, the flow of goods, services and visitors has increased. 1/4 of its land area consists of fertile areas, and some part of which have been irrigated by the Euphrates River. In these area of Gaziantep industries whose economical value is very high include pistachio nuts, olives, cotton, grapes, red peppers, flax, lentils, and cereal grains like wheat and barley.
Gaziantep is the gateway of GAP geographically, and with its industry, the trade volume has helped to develop GAP. Economically it effects 18 other cities. Gaziantep is one of the oldest centers that reflects the culture of human societies. Gaziantep is located at a point where Mediterranean and Southeastern Anatolia intersect. Gaziantep is a border city to Syria. Most of its land is located in the east of Southeastern Anatolia and one part is located on the east of Mediterranean. Gaziantep is well-known for its culinary specialties, which show Arabic and Assyrian in addition to Turkish, influences. The festive food yuvalama (rice and meat rolled into pea-sized balls), the delicious lahmacum (also known as Turkish pizza) and baklava are some examples.
The Sun and the Moon
This ballad is about the moon and the sun. The Sun wants to get married and he was walking all the country from nine years, on nine horses to find a wife for himself. He found nine beautiful girls where the Sun and the Moon are rises, and the most pretty and diligent was the little girl. She weaves all the day. Her name was Ileana Sanziana and she was the Sun and the flowers lady. Then the Sun confessed her that he walked in entire world but he couldn’t find a girl like her and if she wants to became the Sun’s wife.
She told him that she never hard in this world a marriage between a brother and a sister. Ileana said if the Sun will find this thing everywhere in the world, she will get marry with him. But the Sun insisted and Ileana Sanziana accepted with some conditions: the Sun has to build a bridge over the Black Sea. This Bridge must be built from steel and iron and at the end of this bridge a monastery were the wedding supposed to be. After the Sun built these things he met Adam and Iowa and they asked him what he wants. The Sun told that he wants a wife but he never found a better one just him sister, Ileana Sanziana. Adam and Iowa said to the Sun this married is impossible and if they will get marry he will go to the hall. He will go to the Haven if they will not marry. They took the Sun and went to visit the Haven. There were a lot of food and good music and a lot of saints. In the Haven were those killed for the justice and nuns. The next trip was in the hall. In the hall were rivers fires with thieves and false priests.
The sun went again to his sister Ileana Sanziana and when they passed to the bridge, she felt in the water. Nobody found her just Adam and Iowa and they named her “Moon” and they threw her in the sky. She cried a lot and asked God. God answered her that as there is world, the Moon and the Sun will never meet each other. When the Moon will be at the sunrise the Sun will be at the sunset.
Another version of this ballad
"Soarele şi Luna"(The Sun and the Moon) performed by Mitică Burcea (vocal and fiddle / "scripcă") and Ion Păturică (folk lute / "cobză"), 1951. Romanian traditional epic ballad from Muntenia, Teleorman, Merenii de Sus village.
Unable to find an appropriate wife, the Sun falls in love with his sister, Ileana Sânziana, as she sits weaving in one of her nine enchanted palaces.To discourage him, Ileana sets him three seemingly impossible tasks.The Sun accomplishes them, however, and proposes to Ileana again, ignoring the strongly repeated warnings of the divinities.At last, God prevents the incestuous union by transforming Ileana into the Moon.
From the book "Folk Ballads Of Southern Europe" - Sophie Jewett
The legend of Şoimoş, Şiria and Dezna fortresses
Once upon a time were three sisters. They meet each other at Şiria, a small village.
First virgin says:
-If God help me I will build my fortress here, in Șiria, until tomorrow!
The second virgin says:
-My fortress will be also built until tomorrow, too, there, at Dezna village.
The third virgin also says:
-If God will help me or not, my fortress will be built until tomorrow like yours, at Șoimoș village!
After the manufacturers finished to building the fortresses, all these three buildings have collapsed. The three virgin sisters turned into white snakes with gold crowns on their heads. They had in their mouths a gold key. In every year they are waiting for their knights to take the keys and crowns to break the spell and to transform the snakes back into virgin sisters and the fortress will be like at the beginnings.
The salt in the food
Once upon a time was a king who had three beautiful daughters. He loved very much these three daughters. His wife was dead and when she was alive she fulfilled every wish to her daughters. Their father bought for the girls the most beautiful dresses, the most expensive jewelry and the most interesting books. The girls loved their father very much too. One day, the king asked the biggest girl, how much she loves him:
-I love you like the honey, said the biggest girl.
His father was happy for the answer and he answered the mid girl the same question.
-I love you like the sugar, said she.
The king was numb because their love and then he asked the little girl how much she loves him.
-And you little girl, how much you love me?
-Father, I love you like the salt in food, said the youngest girl.
Her sister started to laugh and the king was very upset.
-What kind of answer is this? You have to go from my house, now!
The girls couldn’t explain her answer and she was driven. Her sisters laughed about her stupid answer. The older sisters were happy when the youngster sister were gone, because they didn’t love her. The youngest girl dressed herself in some poor clothes and she went very sad. After a long trip she arrived to a king’s yard and she became a maid there. She was very diligent and everybody loves her. She cook food and cleans all the rooms from the palace. The Queen heard about this smart girl and she desire to see her. In time, the girl and the queen became closer and closer. The girl shouldn’t work anymore in the chicken and she spent her time with the Queen. The girl was painting or embroiders all day long.
After a while, The King and the Prince had to go to war. Prince was hurt and his parents were very upset. The girl take care of prince and onli her touch relieve the prince’s pain. When the prince was better, he went to his mother and told her that he wants to get married. The Queen was very happy when the prince told her this thing and she asked the prince who is the one. He told her mother that he wants to get married with the girl who take care of him when he was sick because he doesn’t know a girl more beautiful and good then her. At the beginning, the queen disagree because she wants for her son a noble girl. The girl told to her future mother-in-law to invite one king at the wedding but she didn’t tell them that this king is her father. At the wedding the girl prepared for his father the food and she asked for a servant to take this food at her father’s table. When the king arrived, he looked at the bride and he was amazed how she looks like his daughter. When the food comes, all the guests were eating, only the king couldn’t ate because he taught that the food is without taste. He asked everybody is they enjoyed the food and they told him that is the best food they ever tasted. He tasted from their food and this food was very tasty.
He couldn’t take this anymore and he accuses the other king that he wants make fun of him. Then the king asked for the man’s who cooked and then the bride said that she cooked for the king. She put in the food only honey and sugar. The father said that is his fault and he embraced his girl. The other king was very happy because he have a very intelligent and noble daughter.
Muma Pădurii - The Mother of the Forest
The legend of Voroneț Monastery
The 10th place in top 10 places to see in Romania is occupied by Voronet Monastery.
When the Moldavian prince Stephen the Great won his first decisive victory against the Turks five and a quarter centuries ago, he decided to mark the occasion with a grand monastery and adorn its walls with the colorful work of artisans of the day. With his second victory came another monastery. With the third, yet another.
The result of his victories—46 in all—was an unprecedented building spree within the densely forested terrain of the Bucovina region in modern Romania. The tradition was embraced by his son and successor, Petru Rares, and their vassals. Many of the mural-covered monasteries and churches survive, nestled in a valley, having withstood the withering summer sun and winter winds for centuries. What started out as Stephen the Great’s war trophies have become some of the world’s most stunning works of art.
Romania is renowned for the painted monasteries from southern Bukovina. Voronet Monastery is probably the most famous of them all. The church became well-known for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense colours, and for the hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the renowned azure background.
The legend tells that Stephen the Great – Prince of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504 – was in a moment of crises during the war against the Ottoman Turks. He went to Voronet to see Daniel the Hermit and to ask for advice. After winning the battle, he kept his promise to the monk and built a new church dedicated to Saint George, the ‘bringer of victory in battle’. The Metropolitan Bishop of Moldavia, Grigorie Rosca, added in 1547 the exonarthex to the west end of the church.The church was built in only four months and a half in 1488, a real record of the time.
The church still has the original decoration on the north façade with beautiful rows of ceramic enameled discs in yellow, brown and green, decorated in relief.
Situated 36 km from Suceava and only 4 km from Gura Humorului, the church is a real treasure of Romanian culture and history. Voronet Monastery is one of the Painted churches of northern Moldavia listed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
The legend of roses
In Greek legend, the rose was created by Chloris, the Greek goddess of flowers. It was just a lifeless seed of a nymph that Chloris found one day in a clearing in the woods. She asked the help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty. Dionysus, the god of wine, added nectar to give her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her charm, brightness and joy. Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and made this flower bloom. And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned the Queen of Flowers.
The Greek Gods
This documentary presents an overview of the Greek Gods, studying the myths and legends that surround them, and the many visual interpretations of each God.
The movie explores the fascinating history of these enduring figures through period accounts, interviews with renowned historians and classicists, and stunning location footage, including glimpses into the gods' phenomenal temples. From their mythical home atop Mount Olympus, the Greek gods played an integral part in Ancient Greek life.
“The legend of Miss Piotrowska”
Mister Leszczynski- a very handsome and young bachelor from Leczyca, had a great abilities to sketch. His domain was making the plans and the maps of new places, which could become factory settlements. More and more new places appeared, which made Leszczynski very famous in the village. A daughter of the pharmacist caught an eye on him.
They met from time to time until they fell in love. He though about her during days and had sweet dreams with her in the nights. He could not forget her. Then, he thought to present her portrait on one of the maps which he was just drawing.
So Leszczynski drew the contour of the beautiful girl on the map of Lodz. Her head was the Main Market. Her long, dark plaits symbolize todays Pomorska and Legionow Street. Her long and beautiful neck is nothing else like Piotrowska Street, which is the nice and colorful place.
Narutowicz and Zielona Street represent her hands where the sign of work is present.
Her heart is on the left in the former Palace of Heinzl. In Rzgowska and Pabianicka Street her legs can be admired.
( :D )
This is the history of the most popular Lodz Street.
The legend of Sarikiz (The blonde girl)
After a while the father got curious and decided to see what Sarıkız was up to where he had left her. He found her. When he wanted to take a wash before praying he asked his daughter to fetch some water. Sarıkız reached her hand across the mountain and filled her receptacle with water from the sea and handed the water to her father. The father realised that his daughter Sarıkız had become a saint. However, Sarıkız, realising that her secret had become known, died on the spot. The father was deeply saddened by this and also dies on the next peak ahead.
Turkmen villagers refer to the spot where Sarıkız died as Sarıkız Tepesi (Hill) and the area where the father died as Baba Dağı (Father Hill). Every year the Turkmen of the Kazdağları climb to Sarıkız Tepesi and sacrifice sheep and cook them in a feast to be enjoyed all together. In Hellenic mythology, Priam's son Paris was left on Mount Ida and looked after geese and Sarıkız and the geese doing the same bring these two stories together.
The Journey of my Life
I want to tell you something, I want to share with you something about the journey of my life. It’s start on a very nice day and we started to Poland. I was informed about the town and I knew that the name of the town is Lodz. Behind us was a big team and we had a lot of work to do. Choice of the legend was very difficult because we have so many beautiful legends. But the teachers were there to help us. Thank you, God! The students had a lot of ideas and we were bombed with it. In every day before the departure we had a lot of new ideas and everything turned into a challenge for us. It was a great and crazy feeling. Before our departure, I spoke with on Comenius forum with my host partner, Paulina and she told me a lot of things about her family and her house. She told me that she has 2 dogs and I was scared because in the past 3 dogs bite my on the leg. But the dogs were very pretty and I played with them.
It was the first time when I flight by plane. I was very scared but we had so much fun with our teacher. At Paulina’s home I eat a big and tasty apple cake. She showed me her friends and favorite place from the town (its top secret I can’t tell you). The family’s atmosphere was very nice. We played every night a nice game with Paulina’s brother, Maciek. Paulina’s mother is so pretty and she cocked so good and yummy food!!!
I loved the Greek team Presentation of educational systems. Eva was a very pretty clock and all the guys had something to do. It was so original and funny. We were to the museum. In the hall of the palace I and my friend were danced on the wonderful piano music. The architecture of the building was amazing! We saw a bride there! Their weddings are almost the same with ours. I enjoyed the walk on Pietrovska Boulevard! I remember the statue with the round table from the street.
At Warsaw I loved the legend with sirens and the natural park. The squirrel was very nice and funny! The water castle was also amazing! There were a lot of people and we danced waltz on violin rhythms. In the old town of Warsaw everything was perfect and I loved the house with the faces of the three girls on it. Karena bought funny and pink glasses and we took photos. I loved very much when we went to eat together and when we met a Polish television. We had to say hello in our languages. We walk a lot on those days and we had the chance to know better ourselves and each other. In the buss we played a game. We had to answer some questions about Poland and Warsaw. Alex from Italy won this game and he received a nice book about Poland. I enjoyed the visit on the City Hall of Lodz, where we talked a lot about the Polish hosting town. We learned a lot of new things. For the fist time we could be as a politician men, we sit on their chair on the meeting room. After this visit, Paulina and I were to Patricia’s house and we eat a lot of good cookies!
Boruta’s Castle and all the legends about him was another moment on our programme. We had to act one of the legends and my team acts the legend “Boruta as an owl”. We had to write a script about all the legends, and I hope ours was the best! In the last day in Poland we had to observe a chosen lessons. I’ve choose a Biology class but I didn’t understand too much, we just stared at the pictures.After the presentation about ecological problems we had to make a poster about ecological problems from our town. After that, we went to Zoo and there were cold outside! Cristina borrowed me her jacket! Thank you very much Cristina! This was the day when we had to say goodbye and I was very sad!
I spend a very nice time in Poland and I miss you all Comenius people!
Polish Sprit = Turkish Spirit = Comenius Spirit
I’m a lucky person because I had the opportunity to visit two countries like
I saw the similarities and the differences between these countries like costumes, culture, food, and traditions.
In both countries we were received very well, they were the perfect hosts for us. We had the opportunity to taste the Polish apple cake and the famous baklava from
All of us visited
Always I wished to visit a mosque and in
In both cities, we learned history during our visits to the local museums. In Turkey we crossed over the well-knows rivers Tiger and Euphrates which are mentioned in the Bible. We also were to Hasankeyf, to Midyat, to Mor Gabriel Monastery which is an orthodox monastery and we climbed the Nemrut mountain. In the top of the mountain you feel like you can touch the sun . In
The football game and the Turkish bathrooms were a great opportunity to socialize and we felt that: “We are in the same team”.
In both journeys we discovered that Comenius Spirit means friendship, devotion and entertainment.