Thus, our local group from Nexes has packed once again and taken a flight from Barcelona to great Warsaw on Wednesday 4th of May. We have been preparing this meeting through 3 local meetings. But the city of Warsaw and Poland were all new for most of us and it has been a great surprise.
As we arrived one day before the beginning of the activities, we had a chance to discover the city by ourselves before being guided by our local hosts who allowed us to see Warsaw with new glasses. The first afternoon has been dedicated to getting to know each other (or reunion for those who participated in previous Seminars in Turin and Thessaloniki), getting to know the neighborhood through geo-catching, and go through the program of the seminar. Then, we had dinner in a Polish traditional restaurant where we tried every type of pierogis.
In order to go deeper into our volunteering topic, on Friday morning, the E-Volution international team has participated in volunteering actions of various types such as cleaning the beach and making a trash sculpture out of it, baking muffins with children, or segregating the posters of a cultural center for instance. These activities have been a great opportunity for the participants to meet local people and have an insight into Polish culture and into Warsaw life. We then gathered in order to share our experiences through short performances. It has been a great appetizer to the following discussions and debates about volunteering.
After dinner, the young participants from Poland have taken everybody to the beach where the heart of Warsaw’s night life beats greatly.
On Saturday morning, we got ready for the climax of the seminar: The Schuman Parade and the Schuman Village upon the European Day. Saturday May 7th has been a big day for Warsaw. 3 demonstrations have actually occurred: aside from the Schuman Parade, Warsaw has been the theatre of a demonstration for Polish democracy and (with much fewer participants) a counterdemonstration.
In the afternoon, the local groups of Barcelona, Turin, and Thessaloniki have been running activities they have previously imagined and prepared in order to get in touch with Warsaw citizens and question them about intercultural dialogue and European citizenship.
Afterwards, we went for a walk through the park Prasky before getting lunch/dinner (most of the participants were confused about Polish eating time and asking: “is it a lunch or a dinner?” without getting an answer because no correct answer suits this question).
After sharing our last moments together, came the “goodbyes” and “See you in Barcelona.” Because, yes, our next and last meeting will be a Tool Fair in Barcelona.