Sometimes it is easier to go into the unknown than to return home from there ...
I joined the project as one of two participants from Slovakia. The communication has been developed by the sending organization, in this case, Youthfully yours, has been excellent. It wasn´t only about communicating the journey, but also the experiences from previous projects were helpful and to make it easier for us.
I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful environment at the first moment. It was mental hygiene cause real life is one big circle. The first meeting was in Ramales de la Victoria and we walked to the village center. The next day, activities began and we learned to use a new method and to focus on our own thoughts and develop them. The point in my opinion was to grab those thoughts and start working on them. A great lecturer has always led us to show ways to achieve and use this method. I remember the moment when we started with „pinakari“. I doubted that something like this could ring a bell and a moment of silence with eyes closed. I usually have a million thoughts during the day, and I am like most people in the world who forget something from time to time. But this regular thought exercise was surprisingly effective. The loss in the forest, which was purposeful, meant the opposite, and people could be found in the training, but inside. Through the daily sharing of our feelings, thoughts, and weather, we have created excellent links with each other despite cultural differences.
Sharing experience was crucial. We were a really great group of people, full of energy, humanity, and humor. We had always ideas and innovations, we complemented each other. I would like to add that the food was almost always excellent and everyone was satisfied. Every day there was the feedback after the activities and there were also trips and exploring the area in Spain. We also had the opportunity to visit a museum and factories for a traditional cake, sardines, Santona, Castro, Santander, cliffs so on. In spite of the large number of participants, the time management was managed by the organizers completely very well. I am extremely grateful that I have been part of it. It is not possible to be in touch with everyone after the project, but I believe that I stay in touch with some of them forever. I recommend everyone to go to Erasmus plus project.