Monday, October 12, 2009
Hello people, today our spaceship travel starts. Everything you have learn, realized and accived will from this day on give you the opportunity to be able to share, understand and perhapse teach other of how to be more active in a democratic way.
Last week was for me wonderful, to meet so many positiv people with so differnet backgrounds and with so much expirience to share.
I hope you all are ok and have got some sleep. So good luck with all work back home and hope to see you again sometime :)
Best regards and hug from coordinator Tove-Laila
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Mostly everyone was in agreement with the topic of people with mental disabilities and was drawn to conclusion that as every person is equal in their rights they are totally allowed to have children and vote. Though the opinions got different when we got to the topic of abortions, euthanasia and death penalty, as church doesn’t allow these actions but everything really depends on the situation. For example when someone was raped and is pregnant there are totally no reasons to keep the baby as it is not the product of love, but a product of violence. Also abortions may be really dangerous when made to young people and if the fetus is older than 12 weeks. As for the euthanasia – mostly everyone is quite sympathetic and say that people shouldn’t suffer for nothing and just have a right to pass away peacefully.
When the talks hit the theme of passive youth it was complicated. Young people are lazy, they miss the opportunities and sometimes don’t like the changes because they are simply afraid and don’t feel comfortable. Is it the lack of information or motivation? But people can be active without information.
We learnt to dance, sing and a little bit of history and facts as well as cultural notes about Serbia, Montenegro, Belorusia, Norway and Spain. And...to explore the countries with ALL our senses we even managed to taste international foods, which was actually very interesting.
After a breath-taking cruise in a speedboat we reached...Alesund- Tove-Laila's home town, which is just amazing!!! We visited its center with beautiful coloured buildings, did some shopping, learnt a lot about local culture and we also got to know a little bit about North Sea and its life as we visited Aquarium, where not only could we see local species of fish, like wolf fish...
Some of us went up the mountain and some just had a walk and appreciated the incredible views of the town.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
In the morning we learnt that people from different countries look at Europe in different ways which was shown on the maps we drew. We were also reflecting on our identity and European identity, what’s it all about and do we truly feel as part of it.
After that we took a trip to the neighboring island called Haroy to the hospitable family Ask Bakke and spent the whole day there. That was a delight! We had a chance to try some water sports and activities including canoe, boat riding and fishing. It was amazing to bear the big waves on the boat having a real chance (at last!) to feel the salt of the ocean, the wind and the rain and the beautiful Nordic sky over the water surface.
All of us experienced how to manage a canoe and it didn’t appear to be so tough (though we crushed one at other at times but that thing recalled a lot of laughter). Our clothes got a bit wet but we were happy, weren’t we?
After that we had a lovely barbeque and a drive to the windmills both contributed by the wonderful Ask Bakke family. We had a possibility to hear the sound of working windmills and the stars above giving us the feeling of being in a big spaceship, so surreal yet so visible!
And we also can’t miss a chance to mention the cosmic laughter of Maria keeping everyone smiling for almost an hour in bursts.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
loesje (creative writing)...