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We named our project “Europe in a salad bowl” because, just like a salad, Europe is a mixture of cultures, nations, tastes which together creates something new, enriches. Each culture offers something of its own to put into the salad bowl. Different scenes of everyday life were prepared in each of the participating countries and then they were put together in a workshop to create one common performance. Teams of three students and one teacher from each country got together in order to rehearse and perform in at least two countries:
Spring tour to the Czech republic and Hungary, autumn tours northbound to Estonia, Sweden and Iceland and at the same time southbound to Spain and Austria. So, 21 students and 7 teachers travelled together on each theatre tour. This meant a total of more than 80 mobilities and more than 2000 spectators in the 7 participating countries. In addition to this, all the countries were involved in individual pupil exchanges, which comprised more than 100 students and teachers. Teachers held two conferences – an initial meeting in Spain to launch the project and a final meeting in Austria to analyse and evaluate the outcome. The whole process was documented on the website http://europe-saladbowl.jimdo.com. The performances were filmed and put on DVD to be at the disposal of each of the participants. Each of the performances was duely covered by the local press. Local authorities were invited to take part as well.
The conference in Bregenz April 2010. Pictures of Icelandic "vulcano" travellers stuck in Memmingen and in Berlin
On Sunday evening we arrived in Bregenz, eight students and three teachers. There we stayed for the week. We lived on the students home, they were all so generios to take care of us the whole time. In these five days we did a lot of things like for exemple, we went with the students to there school, we went to the Pfänder and saw the amazing view from there, we went to Feldkirch and walked trough the Wild life park, ate schnitzel at the Schattenburg and had a guided tour around the castle there. We went to Lindau in Germany and we went by boat on the way back.
On Tuesday the group split in two. One group went to a brewery, a cheese-factory and also hiking in Damüls, while the other group went to Lech, a small skiing village and went skiing in the Alps.
We really thought this was a fun trip to Austria, everybody were so nice and friendly, we are very thankful to our hostess to have taken us to there home for few days. We think it is pretty beautiful in Austria, at least what we saw of it and we liked the food. Thanks for a grate week:)
We were supposed to go home on Friday, 23 April, but because of the Volcano in Iceland we were stuck in Europe for another five days. On Friday we went to Memmingen and there they told us on the airport that our flight company had cancelled all there flights. So next day our teachers decided to rent a car and drive to Berlin. There we stayed on a hostel for four nights and enjoyed our time in Berlin.
Greetings from the Icelandic students
Dagný, Klara, Guðný, Gunnþórunn, Hrafn, Hafliði, Helena and Leifur :)
We thank you all for these wonderful days in Bregenz. The organizing of the meetings by the Austrians was splendid - well, maybe we could have used a few more
pauses for coffe drinking! We surely hope that there will be a new Comenius-project with this group as it simply makes such a really strong team! And thank you for all your hospitality.
After leaving Bregenz the trip to Iceland was something of an adventure. We went to Memmingen with our students by bus early friday morning. The airport was closed so we had to stay in a guest-house for one night. - We must say that Memmingen is not quite as boring and small place as perhaps to expect. But living here in Akranes we are used to small and perhaps boring places, so in a way we felt at home there! On Saturday we decided to hire two cars and drive to Berlin. That was cheaper than travelling by train and besides all the trains seemed overbooked and no cars left to rent except in a deserted place like the airport of Memmingen, where all the staff was so happy to see some people!
We arrived in Berlin at 22.30 in Saturday evening and got rooms in an AO hostel just by Ostbahnhof. There we stayed for five nights and had a pleasant stay in the old preussian capital, learning to eat curry wurst and visiting the Bundestag. On wednesday we finally managed to fly to Iceland. The students were very happy with this trip, although some were worried about the school. It was a rainy and rather cold night in Iceland when we arrived - and we did not see the volcano.
Jens and Jon Arni
On Monday we started our final conference in Bregenz with a look at our Regional Council, the Vorarlberg Thing. It was
followed by an architectural tour with the topics: sustainable materials, renewable energy, natural building
materials, new and old school buildings and preservation of old architecture. This tour and the feedback about
the very succesful theatre performance project which was satisfactory for both students and teachers led to
the big eruption of the Islandic volcano. This event made us create a new concept for the next project, in
The conference progressed towards well-preserved wood works in the St. Gall library in Switzerland as well as
old books - something teachers cannot resist! We also admired the acoustics at the Liechtenstein Thing; some
teachers climbed the hill to the Castle, some discussed about the flight home.
In fact, the Austrians had to wave most of the participants back into an unsure future because the airports
started to close down. Whereas most of the participants have made it back to their home countries, the
Icelandic group is still grounded in Berlin - an unforgettable experience!
We think this eruption is one more of the goods signs to make Iceland a European country - every time
our Icelandic coordinator Kristjan is travelling on behalf of this project, something spectacular happens in
Probably everyone in Europe knows about the volcano eruption (POF!) in Iceland, and unfortunately it prolonged our reaching home.
Time in Austria was excellent, it was just wonderful. The way home was a bit longer than we expected.
We had a flight from Munich airport on Friday afternoon, all flights were cancelled and we had to spend two days at the hotel in Munich. Then a little minibus came from Estonia to fetch us. We had to drive 27 hours and we are at work already. Everything finished luckily.
I hope that the other groups reached home well.
Kersti from Estonia
Sunday evening on April 11th the Icelanders arrived in Austria. On Monday morning the students got a guided tour through our school and had the chance to join some Austrian school lessons. After lunch in our school cafeteria we visited the old town of Bregenz and also the local mountain called "Pfänder" with its wild park. In the evening some students relaxed by playing some games of billard.
The next day, the group was devided into two part. One went to see some attracions in the forest of Bregenz, called "Bregenzerwald". There we had a guided tour at a small beer brewery. At lunchtime, the students learned how to make cheese, typical austrian mountain cheese, at the "Käsehaus" in Andelsbuch. We completed our journey with a hike in Damüls, where our guests had a great view at the with snow covered mountains in the alps.
The other part of the students went to the beautiful ski village Lech. For the Icelandic ones it was very excited and new. Because it is situated between all the high Alps. In Iceland there aren’t that high mountains. In the evening we sat all together, drunk good Austrian beer and eat Austrian dishes. We went to bed late and we got up early in the morning, because in this time of the year the snow is only good in the morning. So at 9 o’clock we took the skies and snowboards, by the way thanks Ambros Strolz for getting all for free. No cloud was on the sky and you saw every mountain. It was a fantastic view. The Icelandic were excited because they don’t have such big ski areas. After lunch the most of us were tiered and exhausted and we got back to the cottage and we slept a little bit. After the others got back from skiing we went back home. Everybody enjoyed the day in Lech =D
In the evening, we went to John's pub in Dornbirn, to have some drinks, waterpipes and of course nice conversations!
On Wednesday we went by train to Feldkirch. We walked from the railway station to the Wildlife Park. It is a big park in the wood with a lot of local wild animals. After an excursion through this Park we went to a castle which is a museum and a restaurant too. This castle is called “Schattenburg”. In this restaurant we had our lunch with the famous “Schattenburgschnitzel”. When we finished our lunch we had a great and very interesting guided tour in the museum. It was about the history of the castle and Feldkirch. We finished our tour in Feldkirch with the walk back to the railway station. From there, some of us went to the “Rappenlochschlucht” in Dornbirn. This is a nature made canyon to walk through and at the end, you can see a little old electricity station. The rest of the group went to a Shopping-Mall in Dornbirn, called “Messepark”. In the evening the whole group went to the K-Shake (Disco). There we had a lot of fun together =)
On Thursday we went to Dornbrin to the climbing hall with the World Cup Champion Lukas Köb. At the beginning they were afraid of climbing, but that has subsided with the time.
After that we went to Lindau by train. The weather was perfect and we sat by the lake and ate ice cream and taught German to the Icelanders. In the late afternoon we went back home on the ship, because our guests had to pack, to take a rest and to ate some dinner.
In the evening we went bowling to the “Strike”. We hat a lot of fun. It was our last evening! Against 23 clock we went to the disco and we took a very long party, so we were very tired the next morning!
We started our journey on 16th October. Our group members were: Mrs Edina Fördős, Edit, Viki and Viktor. We were really excited about the journey because some of us have never travelled by plane before. Fortunately we arrived in Madrid safe and sound. In the capital city we went to the bus station by underground. We had to travel for quite a long time to get to Andújar. There our host families were waiting for us. It was already evening so we went "home".
The next day at first we went to the school called Sagrada Familia. It's a very nice and big school. The students showed us the school and made little presentations. In the afternoon we went to the hall to rehearse our parts. On the next day we went to Córdoba. It's a beautiful city and we saw a lot of interesting places and fortunately we had time for shopping as well. On Wednesday we had the performance and it was pretty good. During our stay we went on a sightseeing tour in Andújar where we were taken to the Townhall and listened to some information about the city and we also got some present. In the evening there was a farewell party. Before the dinner we saw a special Spanish dance: Flamenco. It was very exciting. The next morning it was time to leave, we had to say good bye to Andújar and Spain. We were really sad. I think all of us missed the host families and the country because the people are very kind.
We arrived in Bregenz after a 2 hour flight and a journey by train. It was already evening so we were taken home by our new hosts. We were very tired by that time. On Friday we went to the theatre to rehearse again for the new performance. We really enjoyed the show, the audience was pretty cool. In the afternoon at the school we could play ballgames. Next morning it was Saturday and we went hiking to the mountains. In the evening the whole group of students went to play bowling. It was quite good fun for all of us. Unfortunately the next day we had to leave at 7 o'clock in the morning. We had an amazing time in Bregenz, which is a small city but the atmosphere is fantastic.
I think all of us are very thankful that we could take part in this trip south bound. We got to know new countries cultures and people.
Maybe we are different but the most important thing is: We are all Europeans!!!!!!!!!:)
The trip was absolutely fun. First we flew to Spain that was pretty exhausting; we flew/drove there for a whole day! But it was worth it :) The people in this project, hosts, were very friendly. At almost midnight, we arrived to Andujar, a city at southern Spain. The next day we went to the school, the headmaster welcomed us and we did a tour around the school. Within the next days, we had a tour in Andujar. We also went sightseeing and shopping in Cordoba, which is a very beautiful city. We also did our performance at a school's stage. That went well, we didn't have any big mistakes. We had a lot of fun there, in the busses, everywhere we went, because all were very fun people to hang out with. We were pretty unhappy because we had to leave Spain, but that was OK, because we had a lot of fun in Austria too and the performance group came to Austria as well. On Thursday morning we went to Madrid by bus and then flew to Zurich, from Zurich we went to Bregenz by train. Again, we arrived pretty late in the evening and we met our families there.
The Austrian people were very friendly too. We had a really good time there. We did our performance on the first day and then we had the next days just for sightseeing and other stuff. Bregenz is a very beautiful city: Lake Constance is on the one side and mountains are on the other. We went up to the mountain by cable car, the view from there was just amazing! We had a very good time! We enjoyed everything what was in the program.
Thank you all for the wonderful time!
Getriin, Kertu and Jaan from Estonia.
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For one of us
it was first flight ever. So it was intreresting for him. In the air we watched movie. We arrived to Keflavik Airport at 15.30 local time. Then we were taken to the bus and driven to Akranes. We
were at school about 18.30. The headmaster shared us to families. Me and Hannaliisa we had the same host, Gudmundur so we were together. But our host wasn’t in Iceland, he came with the later
flight. First we met his father and sister. They were really nice and friendly. At home we watched tv and ate pizza. They also had one dog and cat.
Our first morning we met mother, who was really kind and also very freindly. Luckily the whole family spoke English. We went to school by car. At school we had to wait little bit. Then we had guided tour. Their schoolhouse was big and beautiful. Then we had lunch together with other students. After lunch w ehad tour to Reykjavik. We visited a church and old town. Their capital city was beautiful and quite big. In the evening we had rehersal at school hall. After that we went home. We ate together with the Swedish and after that mostly all the students came at our place. We just talked, listend music and ate snacks.
On Tuesday morning we had performance of the show, which was also our last show. It went well. The audience was big and they claped for us. After our show we had guided tour called „the Golden Circle“. This was very very beautiful and intereasting. We took a lot of pictures. We saw waterfalls, mountains and geysers. The most intereasting was geyser. After tour we went home and had dinner wtih whole family. Our host family was really greate, they were caring, kind and friendly. We ate fish. In the evening I and Hannaliisa went to Eva’s place and out to coffee house. While we were out, the boys were playing football. After we met our home again. We were together our last night.
In the morning our host gave us Icelandic gloves, which his mother had made. They are really warm. Our last day the Estonias and Swedish and Austrians went to the Blue Lagon. This place was really beautiful and we all enjoyed it. Outside there was big wind and cold, so we had to be in the warm water utill neck. We made white clay mask to our face, this was good. After Blue Lagon, we went to Reykjavik to shopping. We spent our last night at the hostel. We left Iceland at 7.45 in the morning. We enjoyed the trip and the performance very much.
Gloria Hallaste, Estonia
The trip to Iceland was fun. I was amazed when the plane landed in Iceland. The nature was so different. The people in Iceland were very nice. I really liked the family I stayd with. The audience in Iceland was great. The stage was a bit bad, but it was finally OK. After the show we went to the Golden circle tour. The nature was amazing. The whole trip and project was very cool and I liked every minute of being with you! Siim Sillamägi, Estonia.
Everything in Iceland was good. All the people wew smiling.They seem happy. There family I stayed with was excellent. All the members of the family were so caring. I felt like at home and that was a good feeling.
The show in Iceland was good. It was the last time we could present the show. The audience was wonderful, they were so quiet and they listened all the show very carefully.
My Iceland mum knitted me mittens for a present, it was very nice. I loved the time I spent in Iceland.
At 08:00 am all groups left Hallsberg by bus to the airport in Stockholm. Our flight, except the one from the Iceland-Group, left at 01:00 pm. Christian had to take the next plane at 08:00 pm, because our plane has already been full, wenn he booked.
After arrival in Kevlavik Airport, a bus took us to the school in Akranes. As a first highlight, we drove through the tunnel, which was built under the sea to pass the fjord easier, the lowest point was 100 metres under seelevel.
In Akranes, the headmaster welcomed us, all the students went to their hosts for dinner, in the evening there was free time, which we used for a coffee in the famous coffee-house.
On Monday we met at 09:00 am in school, while the teachers where discussing the programme for the next days, some students from the school gave us a short trip through the school. We had lunch at school, then our bus to Reykjavik left. Christian guided those who wanted to through the city, the others had free time.
In the evening, back in Akranes, we had a short rehearsal of the salad-bowl-plays. Rather late dinner and freetime for the students, the teachers first had to manage the technikal support at the stage.
Tuesday at 08:30 in the morning, we met for our last play. All the groups had done a great job, the audience was obviously amused and satisfied, especially the headmaster. As a present for the well done job, we went by bus to the so called Golden Ring, which is a little roundtrip through the south-western area in Iceland.
It began at the place, where Iceland as a nation has started, where the first parliament has been. We saw a great landscape, beatiful rivers and of course the stones, on which the first laws were presented. The second stop was Gulfoss waterfall, a really great view was presented to us. The sun came out so that the colours were much stronger.
The next stop was at Geysir, which is the first geysir that was discovered, therefore the name. It doesn’t errupt very often, probably just once a year or even less. But its neighbour errupted every 5 to 10 minutes, we were able to see the fontaine (up to 30 feets high) clearly from a distance of about 10 metres.
A less known but also very beautiful waterfall was our next stop, the last was at a volcano. In the crater there was a more or less big lake in strong and clear colours.
Back in Akranes, the students had free time, it was also our last evening. We had a soccer play in the sports-hall of Akranes, which most of the salad-bowl guys and even two Swedish girls joined.
Wednesday at 09:00 it was time to say goodbye, all the groups (appart from the Spanish, they left even earlier for their flight, and of course the Icelanders) took a bus to Reykjavik. Hungary and the Chech Republic have taken a plain back home in the afternoon, the Swedish, Estonains and Austrians had a bath in the Blue Lagoon, which is a hot springt with special ingredientes in the water, white mud for instance.
On Thursday the Swedish and Estonian groups also went back home, we had another two days.
To go to Snaefelsness, we rented a car and had a roundtrip the whole day long. The weather wasn’t really good, but as we were able to imagine, how it would look like if the sun was shining, we had a nice tour. The glacier, Snaefelsjökull, we weren’t able to see, because it has been really foggy in the mountains. In the northern part of Snaefelsness, we saw really beautifull fjords and a great landscape, the rather rough ride wasn’t a problem for our car, it just got a little bit dirty.
On Friday we visited a museum of modern art. In the afternoon we wanted to take a ferry to the island near Reykjavik, but there wasn’t one in winter, so we had a trip through the city.
In the afternoon we drunk our last apple juice together and went to bed quite early.
On Saturday, there was breakfast at 04:20 am in the hotel, the bus to the bus-station picked us up 15 minutes later, in Kevlavik we arrived at 05:45, so we had plenty of time for our flight at 08:00 am.
Ines, Tobias and Christoph
We had a wonderfull flight from Stockholm to Iceland and the weather in Iceland was very mild. We got a big first impression of the last country of our tour
hola desde la capital de la montería
In Victoria's name Juan Antonio liked the company of the European countries.
It was so nice to come together again, meet old acquaintances and find new friends. The hospitality of the Spanish colleagues was incredible: we were treated like kings and queens.
We tried the delicious Spanish cuisine and enjoyed the lovely warm weather while the northbound troup had snowstorms (-: We had the possibility to encounter a Spanish rainstorm which actually happens only once a year.
The students practised very hard, and the show turned out to be a success. The Spanish audience was excited and singing and clapping hands. We saw different kinds of performances like singing, dancing, pantomime, a film presenting a normal week in the life of our European students. We found out that there were not many differences between us as we are all Europeans.
Edina, Anne, Anna, Jon Arni, Euridys, Carmen
Presentation in Hallsberg…
We arrived to Stockholm on Thursday, the capital city of Sweden.
Our Swedish guides presented the most famous buildings, parks and museums. It took about four hours but we were having a great time together.
Stockholm is so beautiful.
Next day was our second performance, they were really different but we enjoyed all of them. The atmosphere was really good. This time was better, because we have already known the order of the presentations.
We liked the Swedish viewer, because they tried to sing our folk song, what is more they lifted the roof.
The teachers were very kind and helpful.
Although we can see many plays we realised that we have one thing in common we are all Europeans in spite of the fact that we have different but at the same time interesting culture.
Right now we have finished the second concert and we are very happy after the concert because the audience clap a lot of to us and to the others groups.
The trip from Valga to Hallsberg it was very interesting for us. We saw a lot of things, first we visited Tallin, and this city it is very beautiful and excited. When we were there we think true, that people said to us this city is very beautiful.
At night we took the ferry “Baltic Queen” at six o’clock and we arrived to Stockolm at ten o’clock at the morning. During the trip on the ferry we have a lot of experiences somes bad an somes very very very very gooooood (we met two very beautiful and interesting girls)
When we arrived Stockolm Swedish people were waiting us for showed us the most popular things in Stockolm. Then at four o’clock we went to Hallsberg by bus and we arrived at night.
This morning we were at school at eight o’clock and we rehersed two hours. After we ate and we finished, we did concert. And right now we are here. So all the things that this trip is ok, it isn’t any problem.
The Spanish group
Hello! Right now we are in the Alléskolan. It is niceJ When we arrived everyone was here already. Soon after arriving we got to the assembly hall. The stage was pretty big. We started rehearsing. It was tiring and passed by fast. After that we had lunch, which was tasty and delicious, especially the pizza. Then the show started. The hall was filled with people. Before the acts was the schools acting class. After them the show started. First was the Swede’s movie. It was funny, but when we saw it the first time it was funnier. After the Swedes was our turn. We rocked the hall. People were laughing and clapping a lot because they liked it. Next was Iceland. I liked the outfit of the Viking poem reader. Then Spain was up. They were playing the guitar and they were dancing flamenco. It was cool! Next was Hungary. They introduced their country and their songs and dances. We liked it! Then it was Austria’s turn. Poor students have to go to school on Saturday. Their act was a bit quiet, but people liked it. The Sunday was shown by the Czech Republic. It was funny and there were many songs. The public was clapping and singing with the actors. All in all, the show was fun and we had a great time. We liked performing for Swedish publicJ
The blog was filled by Siim, Gloria and Hannaliisa.
Hey! So, two from three shows are over now. It was a long way from Estonia to Sweden, but we had many things to do on our trip. After the farewell we drove to Tallinn by bus and had a guided tour there. An old woman went deeply through the history of Tallinn with us. While searching for “apple juice”, a hot chocolate, some coffee and of course a toilet (for Ines), we had a rather funny afternoon. Especially we had some problems with our conversations. Ines: “Christoph hosch d wurscht furtgworfa”, Christoph: “Jo scho vorgescht”, Ines: “Denn hau se endlich mol furt”. At 5 pm we entered our ferry, the Baltic Queen.
Sauna, all you can eat, Disco, Casino, Bars, Chatis – what do you want else? So after dinner we had a good base for drinking some “apple juice” (or even other stuff) ;-)
We were ready for adventuring the ferry! The boys were enjoying the sauna and after that we stayed at our room and watched our new friends in the TV, where you were able to see different places in the ship. At 11.30 pm we joined the “big” party in the Ibiza Disco, where we met the Spanish group. First it started rather boring, but after some Estonian girls (and others) entered, the boys began to look after them. But as they were too serious, the boys first had to have some “lessons” with the girls, how to grab (because the girls used to know how…) ß “Danke Ines”.
Later, our Professor also joined the party, but as he already has found his new wife (Varje in Tartu), he seemed not to be interested in much fun, so he went to bed quite soon.
The night was long and so we were going to bed at about 4 pm.
The next day we arrived in Stockholm at 10 o’clock. We took a bus to the old town, where some students of Hallsberg showed us the city; we had a short meal, bought some stuff.
At 4pm the bus left to Hallsberg, where our Hosts picked us up to their homes.
Now we are enjoying Sweden and on Sunday we are going to travel to Iceland. Hey Do!
The Austrian group
After the night at ferry the bus took us to the old town in Stockholm. Sweden students made six groups and they tried to show us the city. At first we took a walk through narrov streets with very high houses and then we caught a ferry. It took about five minutes and we were getting out at some entertaining park with two big roller coasters. Then we went to the Vasa museum, but unfortunately we were not go inside because of the high entrance(students said so). We saw a big cathedral and a long street which was supposed to be the most beautiful street in the world. We went to the big restaurants complex to the lunch and then to the shopping center and we had a free time. We really loved the toy shop.
Stockholm must be very nice, but unfortunately we didn´t see many things.
The czech group
The Salad Bowl project.
Hello this is the Icelandic group.
We went to Tartu on Tuesday were our hosts guided us around the town and it was fun.
On Wednesday we went to Tallinn with a bus and it was a long trip but a great journey. We left our luggage at the Terminal D. Then we went with a guide around the old town of the city. We saw many beautiful buildings. The old town was separated back in the days. The lower town was the rich people and the poor people lived in the upper town. We went in to a Russian church and witnessed a Russian wedding which we thought was very interesting and at the same time strange that the tourist are allowed to watch it. Then we had some free time to shop or hang out with our hosts. Then we went back in the Terminal D, take our luggage and went on The Baltic Queen which was the biggest ,,boat” that we have went on. We arrived in Stockholm on Thursday and met our hosts and then we were guided around Stockholm and we thought that was interesting.
We are now in Hallsberg and just finished showing our play which was great.
The Icelandic Group.
At the very beginning we were nervous, but when they finally got here we finally started breathing again. The communication went on excellent as expected and we were very satisfied with our guests. When we got home our guests were very tired so we ate straight away and they took a shower and went to bed. The next morning we went to school really early so that they could rehearse. At 12.00 the show begun and everybody thought that it was very entertaining.
They came yesterday and they where late. We pciked up and went home, ate some dinner and some of the students took a shower. Most of the students where very tired and went to bed early. On Friday they prepered themselfs for the big salad bowl show. Then we ate some very nice swedish pan-pizza. Then it was time for the show, it was very entertaining and many peaople enjoyed it and many where laughing. Now were writing this, thats all.
When we arrived to Valga bus station we really didn´t know what we were going to find…at first we thought people used to go by their own, that means, the seemed not to be having a real look about us; nevertheless, it was only an impression, Valga citizens are honest, friendly and quite good hosts; everything they have, everything they give. In Valga we really feel like if we were at home.
We are also having so much fun with people from the Commenius project ; they are more similar to us than we expected…
… going abroad was, for sure, a great decision.
The Spanish group
Hi! We are the czech group and our great host Andre. When we came to Valga we were a little bit lost, but then we found out were we are and everything came better. Our host families are really nice and generous and they feed us very well. When we started rehersels we thought that we won´t have time to prepare everything but after first hour we saw that everything is just OK. We were in school canteen on a lunch and it was very interesting. Our vegetarian teacher got some nice pieces of vegetable and we had two fish with smashed boiled potatoes. At night we went with other hosts families at bowling and we had lots of fun! Thank you very much!
The performance was very good. We really enjoyed the clapping and everything and we are so proud that we have done everything good and that the estonians liked it. We hope that other countries will like it too. Now we are going to Tartu, some big city and we hope that it will be very nice city.
The czech group
Hello. We are the Icelandic group. We came to Valga last Sunday after a nice visit in Latvia. Our hosts picked us up at the train-station. They have been very nice to us and we are having a very nice time here in Valga. We haven´t seen so much here in Estonia but the little we have we have liked. Estonia is very different from our country but the weather is the same.
We have performed our play and it was very fun. It was a great fun to watch the other countries put on their play. We could learn a little bit about their culture that way. Now we are travelling to Tartu by bus and we are going to go on a tour in that town. Tomorrow we will visit Tallinn, the capital city and then we are off to SwedenJJ
The Icelandic group.
Hey! It has been a lot of fun. We are hosting some Swedish people and they are coolJ They arrived on Sunday and are leaving on Wednesday. We`ll go with them to Sweden. Yesterday we had some practises and lunch. After that we had another practise and then we went to play bowling. We had a deal that the winner buys drinks to everyone but the winner(Anton) didn`t agree with that. Afterthat there was a party at Martins house. We jammed a bit and talked a lot. Today we had a show. It went well. I would have ever guessed that a 5 minut play could be so tireing. Right now the time is 15:50 and I feel like I could sleep for a month. At the moment we are driveing to Tartu. Gloria just told me that we are gonna go see a movie. A horror movie, so wish us luck! Or like the Swedish say lycka till. Tomorrow we will go to Tallinn and then off to Sweden.
Hello! We have had lots of fun during this trip to Estonia! We have been living with the greatest hosts ever in the town Valga. We arrived to Tallinn by flight on Saturday evening where we were picked up by somebody and his wife who drove us to Valga. When we arrived in Valga our hosts picked us up and drove/ walked us home to their house. The next day they showed us their school and we started to rehearsal the show that we were had on the tuesday. And the next day we had the show, it was very fan and interesting to see a little on learn about the other contries, we had a great time. But the funniest part have been to show the movie that we have made. It’s a movie that we are very proude of. Tomorrow we will be on our way home and it will be nice to show our new friends our contry J.
//The Swedish group
We haven’t seen this country before, so at first sight it was really beautiful. We were waiting for the presentation because we practised a lot and we tried to do our best. We hope that the production presentid you the main information about our country.
Anyway we had really good time here, we enjoy every moment of it.
Greetings from Hungary:
Viktoria, Annamaria, Pal, Timea
Thanks for everything!!!
Ps.: Tartu was a really intresting place where we can see lots of famous houses and we can discover the history of Estonia.
Tere! (Which is “hello” in Estonian). Estionia is an interesting country, it is very different to Austria. So the “Salad Bowl” organization is a really good thing, to show us, the youth, how the people in Europe live. So there were been waiting many surprises for us. ;-) After a long travel to Estonia we met our hosts and follow our program and yes, the organization of the stay in Estonia was great. After we completed our rehearsals we were very excited for the show in the afternoon, more than 400 students came to visit our great play and I guess, we were pretty good. Later our hosts and we drove to Tartu by bus, we had a lot of fun there, when we acted like the statues and when teacher Varje Schmidt and Wolfgang Beck were kissing in front of the “Kissing Students” statue.
Ines, Martins, Christoph from Austria
After an exhausting Monday - we had two long rehearsal sessions at the Valga Cultural Centre, then the teachers went to Otipää, the Estonian skiing centre, while the students went bowling - everybody was rather tired this morning. But there was a lot of work to do. After meeting at Valga Gymnasium we went to the Cultural Centre again for the final rehearsal. Now we are waiting for the performance, everybody seems to be nervous.
From Austria via Munich, Frankfurt, Riga to Valga
Breakfast at 3:00 am, by car from Bregenz to Munich (thanks to Prof. Beck’s wife). We took the flight at 07:00 am to Frankfurt. We continued our journey to Riga by air, it was rather bumpy and cold, but the mood was motivated – and of course Ines lost one glove: local arrival time, 1:00 pm.
We spent the afternoon in Riga where we blindly walked trough the city, ate something and drank coffee. Our very slow train, from the last century, to Valga left at 06:05 pm, when we arrived in Valga, our hosts were already waiting.
Our last day in Reykjavik, Iceland - 3rd September 2009
Together we drove to Reykjavik to deliver our luggage at the bus terminal till we've met in the evening to drive to the airport. From all groups, there is a report about their own day:
Group Sabine, Lena, Anita and Ambros:
It was really nice to get to know Reykjavik as a cute town with lots of
individual shops and places. You can see, that the people there have their
own modern style. Also we didn’t found as many touristic shops as they are
in big cities.
There are many bakeries and coffee which are really sensational.
We toured the town’s boutiques to get inspired of the Icelandic
We noticed that we have never seen such big trade chains like they are in
all big cities in Europe, e.g. H&M, Zara, … In Iceland you can just find
typical shops with lots of artistic goods.
Group Daniel, Daniel, Michelle:
At first we walked through the big shoppingstreet in a group of five students, visiting little cute shops beside the street and making pictures. When the shoppingstreet ended, we decided to divide our group.
The one group wanted to go to a big shopping centre a little bit outside of Reykjavik and the other one decided to stay in the city of Reyjkavik.
So my group went to this big shopping centre, called Kringlan, by bus and stayed there till 5 o'clock p.m. .
This centre is a precious building, but there aren't just shops, you have to have a lot of money to go in.
On the top floor there is a food hall with lots of international foodchains, like McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Pronto, etc.
Later on we got back to the city, lingered on the harbour and looked at the wide sea. Then we walked through a side street and noticed a cinema by chance. We saw the movie "The Goods" and when it was finished, we promenaded the last time through Reyjkaviks streets to our meeting point, the bus terminal, where all our other colleagues were assembled already.
Together we drove to the airport in Keflavik and enjoyed our last minutes in Iceland.
Group Mrs Schüssling, Mrs Grabherr, Mr Hämmerle:
Our teachers visited first a converted heat plant (Perlan) which is now a saga museum –
it is a great museum, very close and creepy.
The genuine glass dome with a cafeteria offers an amazing 360° view over Reykjavik.
The Hallgrimskerkja was unfortunately scaffolded but the church’s interior is very simple and light.
Afterwards they made the shopping streets unsafe, bought lots of souvenirs
and picked up our headmaster.
So they went together to the Parliament (Althing) and marvelled at the vast relief of Iceland.
Finally they enjoyed a great meal in an Italian restaurant.
We had a great time in Iceland and we're thankful for getting to know this beautiful country in all his different sides. A big gratitude to our teachers Mrs Schüssling, who organised this trip, Mrs Grabherr and our headmaster Mr Hämmerle. Also we want to thank Christján, who permited our Iceland trip.
We're glad that we got this chance to go there.
Sabine & Michelle
On Wednesday we first went to school. There we were allowed to use the IT-room again to check mails and to blog on our website. Later on we decided to visit the german-class. Everybody introduced themselves and then we talked about bad language with the students. In the end of the lesson we swapped E-Mail adresses with the islandic students.
In the afternoon we went up to Akramountain. The teachers went up very fast. On the top of de mountain we resigned our names in the "gipfelbuch" and enjoyed the beautiful view over Akranes City.
Lena, Ambros, Daniel
On Tuesday we went to the school of Akranes. The first lesson was about volcanos in Iceland and plate tectonics in general. Then we had a lesson about Icelandic politics and society. It was quiet interesting and we got to know a lot of new stuff.
After a good meal in the canteen (we had the choice between fish and a delicious soup) we went to a horse range. We formed small groups and then we learned how to handle horses. After we had ridden two small rounds outside, we started our little tour at the bottom of a mountain. It was great to ride with Icelandic horses.
By the way, in Iceland there are only Icelandic horses because they are not allowed to import other horses and when a horse leaves Iceland it is not allowed to come back.
Unfortunately during the horse riding trip a teacher got hurt by a horse so she had to go to the hospital. The rest of the group finished the tour. At the end we got small sandwiches and some coffee/hot chocolate. After we had finished that nice trip everybody was dirty but happy.
When we got home, we started to cook our dinner. Of course everybody was worried about our injured teacher, but she assured us that everything was fine.
After dinner, the boys of our group asked around who wanted to have "Rahm" which was the code-word for beer. We would like to mention that the Islandic beer which you can buy at the petrol station has an incredible alcohol concentration of 2,25 %
Our first day in Iceland was really funny!
We visited the school in Akranes and saw how the students do their routine school day.
Students from the countryside have a chance to live in small flats which are paid by the country.
The school system is very different. They have 6 – 8 main subjects and they have to choose 3 courses like biology history or another one.
The rest of the day we made a trip through Akranes with Christján a teacher from the school.
After this trip we ate something in our hostel and then we had some free-time.
In the evening we went to the local pub in Akranes.
At first we were a little bit bored because nobody was there. In Iceland its forbidden to smoke inside so Miriam wanted to go outside to smoke. Tamara was so nice to stand outside with Miriam.
We stood there and suddenly we realized that we saw the whole time the same cars with the same drivers driving up and down the road again and again.
Then we asked a woman what’s going on here. She explained us that that’s normal for the young people in Iceland to drive around with the cars and it’s called rúnta!
It was the craziest experience we made in Iceland.
After that we went in another pub and there were all the people so we made party there!
All the best from Tamara and Miri
this is "hello" in Icelandic. Did you know that Austrians can speak Icelandic?
We are especially fascinated by the various landscapes and the wonderful colours in the morning and in the evening. Of course !!! the weather is splendid every day, and we enjoy the hospitality of our Icelandic partners.
Living in a guest house is almost the same as living at home, with the exception that the bathroom is not always taken in the morning ....
We get an insight into school life as well as the most important sights of Iceland. We really enjoyed the trip through the mountains with a big american off-road car, the impression of the geysirs and the wellness-afternoon in the Blue Lagoon!
Teachers: Hilde, Manfred and Gerda
On that day we drove after a good breakfast to Reykjavik. There we went on a whale-watching tour. Everybody looked forward to it. On the boat it was very rough and stormy but it was not dangerous at all. We got warm overalls and all went well but unfortunately we did not see any whales. We only saw a kind of dolphin. Afterwards everybody was a little disappointed but if we want to, we can have a second free tour because we did not see anything . Later on we went downtown to have lunch. Fortunately also in Iceland there are fastfood chains. But not like in the rest of Europe, in Iceland there more Subways and KFC than MC Donalds restaurants. After that little break we went to the blue lagoon. For those who do not know what the blue lagoon is, a little explanation. The blue lagoon is on of the most attractiv attracion in Iceland. You can go swimming in the Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater. It is good for your skin and the harmony between body mind and spirit. It was very realaxing and we wanted to go out again. Because the water had about 37-40 degrees. After 3 hours we went to the bus. Unfortunately there was a hole in the bus plan between 7 and 11 pm so we had to wait three hours. But luckily beside the bus station there is a KFC and a Subway. At half past 11 we arrived in our host city. Everybody was tired but all in all it was a great day.
Daniel & Daniel
After a selfmade breakfast we started our tour in our rented bus with Christján, the islandic teacher. We were very surprised when he told us that we would not need our hiking boots because we would not walk on the glacier itself.
Our first stop was the famous shark museum. There we saw the tools they need to catch the sharks. We also tried the famous „Súrsaður Hákarl“ (rotten shark) and visited the place where they dry it. After a short lunch in the bus we made another break on a gas station. We drove through a wonderful little seaport.
The next highlight was the glacier Snæfellsness but we did not see it very well because of the clouds around it. Our last stop was on a amazing cliff. The colours were breathtaking and it was the perfect place to show the contrasts in Iceland. On the left side there was the Atlantic Ocean, on the right side there was the vulcano with the glacier on it. Most of the time we drove through a phenomenal volcanic landscape. After a very long but wonderful day we came back to our hostel at 9 o´clock.
Anita & Michelle
On Saturday 29th August we went with a History teacher of the Akranes High school to the Countryside of Iceland. We went by car to the Old Parliament building of Iceland which was established over 900 years ago. It is a special place due to the meeting point of the tectonic plates of America and Europe. After that, we followed the gap between the two plates and continued our daytrip to Geysir Strokur where we got the chance to see the impressive fountain of it. For most of us, this has been the high light of the trip. The next point on our agenda was a trip to the waterfall of Gullfoss. This huge waterfall is amazing and with nothing comparable in Austria. To complete our round trip we took an electricity road back to Akranes. Along the road we had a gorgeous view to Longglacier, one on the biggest glaciers of Iceland. Arriving in Akranes we were all hungry and so we started cooking imediately. So we could enjoy nice pasta and potatoes with sour cream. In the evening we went to a pub and enjoyed our selves.
All the best from Iceland
Leni, Bini and Æmbi
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Performance in Prague
The performance in Prague was super. The audience were not bored and they laught all time. Allthought the play wasn’t perfect, everybody liked it. In the evening the students and teachers from the Gymnasium had organized a goodbye-party. The party was great but we all were so tired, that we only wanted to go home and sleep. On the next day we went to Budapest. The journey lasted 6 hours.
Arrival in Vac and the performance
On Thursday we arrived in Vac. The first impression of the city was not so bad. There we met our new host families. The hostfamilies were very nice and therefore we liked them. On the same evening we went to a student hostel, where we got something to eat. The food in Hungary was very good. On the next day we had a full programm. At first we went to the Music School to rehearse. There we had some problems, i.e. we had no curtain, we couldn’t place the lights in the right position etc. In the beginning the deputy mayor made a presentation of Vac. Then we performed our play to the students and fortunately they liked it. They had also a surprise for us. They prepared a play for us. In our opinion they were good. After the performances we had a sightseeing tour in Vac. Then we went back to the school. There we had a sports event. We could play basketball, football, table tennis and tabletop football. In the end of the exhauting day we got a free programm and we went with our host families to a bowling center. On the next day we went to Budapest. Budapest was wonderful. There were lots of places to see. After the sightseeing we went to a shopping center. We bought a lot of things and at 4 am we had to go to the station to come back to Austria.
We are thankful to everybody, who has organized this project and we hope we can experience it again.
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First we have to say that it was exciting to meet so many new people, to become their freinds and to explore their way of living.
About the first performance in Prague: we like it more than that in Vác. However, it´s not because we are egoists but because of better technique, more enjoyed audience and shorter lenght (it was great that students from Vác had prepared some perfomance for us but it could be shorter so we can be more considerated).
On the other hand people from Vác had prepared the program better than we had. "I´m ashamed because of what we did." /Matthew/. In fact we were asking those who seemd to be bored if they want to do something else but we got no answer (or those wo had answered"yes" chaner recently their mind into "no"). We were very pleased by for example live music playing on our first dinner or by sightseeing tour in Budapest (especially by the visitation of the parliament) and in Vác too. It was pretty good!
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Ta nase hospoda
Od zhora od spoda
To je pekne zarizeni.
Polivka hreje se
hostinsky smeje se
Ze mu pivo dobře peni
Ve sklepe jsou ctyri sudy
Dva jsou lichy a dva sudy
Pivo stoupa nahoru
Do nasehpo bachoru
It was a good way to getting to know the culture of other countries. We would have preferred that the group would have been all together more often. The day in Prague we wanted to have more organized and not waste so much time in waiting. At the goodbye-party we wanted to go to Prague rather than be at the school. We liked the sightseeing with the whole group in Prague very well. We didn’t like to wait so much in the school. Sometimes we were waiting there for two or more hours without doing anything.
The organization was a good way for the group to communicate with the others. It was a good idea to play some games in the beginning to break the ice.
The Hungarian part was well organized. We liked the sports day in Hungary. We would like have to spend more time in Hungary. We had liked to spend some time without families.
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During this whole week we have been doing lots of things. Different experiences have been lived by us.
At first, in the Big Premiere, we showed to the Czech people what we can do with our music. It was really gorgeous.
But we also visited Prague and it must be mentioned that it is an incredible city and we enjoyed it a lot.
The same happened in Hungary.
We think that this project is very important for young European people because it is very interesting to realize that although we have some cultural differences, we have the same daily routines.
We have made lots of new friends and at the same time we have improved our English. We are really looking forward to enrolling into a new project.
Todos somos iguales – We are all the same.
Edi (teacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
The stage was huge, so we were afraid at first, but we got used to it. We were worried how other countries would mean to our performance and we didn’t worry about the audience reaction. After the audience had laughed, everything became easier. After the show we felt relieved. At first we got three different balls to use in the play, but later we luckily got the right balls.
The stage was totally different from the Prague stage. There we had no lights and we had to stay on the stage during the performances. We weren’t doing very well, of course we made mistakes, but we weren’t the only ones. We couldn’t rehearse before the performance and that’s why we made mistakes. The audience seemed to be bored.
After we had performed our plays, the students in Vac performed us their plays, but it was hard to understand what they were saying, although we were sitting in the first row.
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We have learn much from this trip and we are glad that we did it.
The performance in Prague was very nervous becouse it was the first performance, but the rehersals really helped. And thou we diden´t have to do anything speciel on the stadge it helped us to calm down a bit.
We think that is was funny to se everyone´s performances from the diffrent countrys, and the show went on better than we had expected.
Prague was a very beautiful city and we are glad that we did get the chance to see it without any payment. The thing that was negative was all the walking and waiting but we diden´t care that much, really. Prague had very many beautiful monoments that we will remember for the rest of our lifes.
The host Linda and Sabina stayed at in Prague was Miloc and his kind mother, they lived in a great house that had it´s place pretty central. Miloc did guide us throug Prague with his experience.
Filips host was a very nice person. We had the same intressts, like football and we liked the same music. He lived in a very big hosue and i realy liked his hole family they were very nice people.
The trip from Prague to Hungary in train was a long trip, it was very hot and sweaty on the train.
When we arrived to Hungary we went to the student hostel to eat. The hostel was the perfect place to make new friends and i think we did to.
But it was much harder to speak to people from Hungary beacuse they didnt have so good english.
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When we came to the concert hall in Vac at eight in the morning, there was a big surprise: They dind't have any spot lights. The lights they had couldn't be dimmed and had to be turned on some minutes before they were needed. So we had to change the performence: All the actors had to be on stage for the full performance.
After a short (rofl) welcome speech of the Vice Mayor we had our performance. It was different:-)
Then the students from Vac showed some plays in English. Our favourite was the last one:-)
We left Prague at 11:30 on Thursday, after a big party at GJM we were all sorry we had to leave. The train took us through a beautiful landscape all the way to Vac. We were on the train for six hours and the weather outside was getting better and better. The hosts were already waiting at Vac station. We took our welcome meal at the students' hostel where we met the headmaster and several teachers.
We came here from Estonia, by plane.
At first we went to Frankfurt, and then we arrived to Prague.The flight was exhausting and we were afraid who our hosting families would be. Finally we saw our families. Everything was very OK. The next day we saw the schoolhouse and the kids had prepared exhibition for us. This school is very different from our school, they have a pig in here, what was a gift from students to the school headmaster, but now we found out that the pig is missing.
The students here can express themselves more, than the students in Estonia. There are many gothic girls, they are really scary.
Then we saw Prague, what is very beautiful city, we went shopping and a local student showed us the most important sights in Prague. Today we are really tired, and Reno is sleeping. We wonder, what did he do yesterday ...And today we have to performe with our play to GJM students.
We would like to thank Renos great host Přemek, who was really friendly, and an excellent guide for us. So biiiiiig thanks for making our days interesting, you are welcome to Estonia, Valga.
We are from Hungary.
We were very excited when we arrived in Prague. At home everybody said that Prague is a very nice city therefore we were really looking forward to experiencing the Checz feeling. Soon we met the hosting families then we talked with them and gave them some presents. Next day we explored their school and we found it interesting with the bright colours. Then we went to the mayor's office where we could get information about the city. In addition we could have a visit to the Goya exhibition and it was a bit frightening. Later we had the chance to taste school canteen:D. After that we had rehearsal then we had some free program in the city. Most of the project members were involved and it was cool. The next day began with rehearsal and in the afternoon we had an amazing sightseeing tour. We saw the most tipical building of old Prague. We had the chance to do some shopping as well.
The premier performance of the Saladbowl was in Prague. It was in a culture house and it's offered us great technical equipments.
Each and every country had to play one day of the week. We found that every country has a different point of view. Somebody preferred to show us their countries's traditions while others spoke about school life. During our performance we had some mistakes but fortunatelly nobody noticed them.
In Hungary our performances were very different because in music school had no curtains and special lights. In fact these performances were presented on stage at our language day.
We made friendships and got great memories from our tours! Everybody enjoyed them and we hope to meet with these nice people in the future sometimes.
But we will keep in touch anyway.
On the sunday morning we loft our hometown Hallsberg. We went by car for two hours to the airport in Stockholm. The plane left Sweden at 10:30. We arrived in Prague at 12.30. On the airport our host families picked us up by car.
Dear friends, tell me, shall we start with Monday or Sunday (according to the British calendar)?
I am looking forward to your replies.
Katerina from Prague
I've just asked the music school, where our performances will be held, to give me some details about the stage etc...
They said that the size of the stage is about 70m2. Unfortunately, they don't have a curtain which might cause some
problems for you placing the props so on. Hopefully, we can find some way to show the audience everything.
By the way, they have a projector, a screen, 2 portable and 2 fixed microphones, 2 spotlights on the sides and some
other lamps on the ceiling above the stage. There is equipment for the sound as well.
These are the facilities we can work with.
Looking forward to meeting you all. Edina
Here are some technical informations about the place where we are going to perform:
dimensions of the stage are 4×8×4m (width×depth×height); equipment in there: lights on the sides and in two rows on the top (with changeable colors; they are handled from the cabin opposite to stage), speakers (also managed from the cabin by a mixpult), standard cable microphones, projector and screen and curtain.
(So, Wolfgang, thank you for the offer but we do not need any of your stuff. Let those heavy things at home:-)
Background is made from black curtains
There could be a problem with projecting because we cannot do the back-projection (there is no enough space and what`s more the projector is set in front of the stage) as well as we cannot project on the big screen (because it would be projected on us). However, we can project on the small screen on one of the sides.
I heared an iformation that somebody needs an electric guitar. I think we can lend You some or will You have your own? Do You (or anybody else) need any other stuff?
P.S.: Could You tell us when we can await you in Prague (without those who had already done it...:)?
See You soon
Matthew from Prague
I have some technical questions: I would like to know the stage dimensions in Prague and in Vác. What is the background like? Can we use props? Moreover, are there any stage lights at the two venues? If necessary, I could bring three stage lights and a small mixer along from Bregenz (But no tripods!). Please let me know if they are needed or not.
I am sure, the other teams would also be glad to have this information.
Wolfgang from Bregenz
Rehearsals in Bregenz have started. Improvisations should finally take us to a short play which then will be part of the final production. Our topic is "Saturday".
This is the first try to leave a message here. The photo is our favourite. In Estonia all schoolchildren do not carry such schoolbags, which seem much more comfortable than ours.
Our article from the first conference to Spain is here
Of course it is in Estonian, but believe me, we wrote about our good impressions about the project and about all our future plans.
I hope to find new messages soon.