Meeting in Guimarães, by Portuguese students

Our adventure began on 11th November, 2014. After having some meetings in some of the countries participating in this project, it was our turn to welcome all. On Sunday, the 10th of November, most of Portuguese students met the foreign students they were receiving in their homes. The Spaniards arrived around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the Italians arrived around 8:30 in the evening and the Estonians arrived at midnight.

The next day, we went to Guimarães to show them a little bit of our city. We took them to places such as the Plataforma das Artes and some typical streets of our city. Around midday, the Lithuanians arrived and we had lunch at the shopping centre – Guimarães Shopping. After that, we had a small city tour. We took them to the stadium of Vitória Sport Clube, the football team that represents Guimarães in the national championship, the Muralha, the Toural and the charismatic Praça da Oliveira.Finally, the Polish arrived around 7:30 in the evening. As agreed, Cátia Cunha, Francisco Pereira and Vítor Faria hosted the Italian students. Andrea De Luna stayed with Cátia, Roberto Di Benedetto stayed with Francisco and Dario Fumagalli stayed Vítor. José Pedro Machado, Lúcia Silva, Álvaro Poiares, Cristina Ribeiro and André Silva hosted the Polish students. Michal Kowolik stayed with José, Andrzej Planetorz stayed with Lúcia, Krzysztof Kilian stayed with Álvaro, Robert Peter stayed with Cristina and Patschek Aleksander stayed with André. José Luis Freitas, Márcia Freitas and Tomás Werner hosted the Spanish students. David Guerrero stayed with José, Miquel Amengual stayed with Márcia and Jeronimo Godoy stayed with Tomás. Ricardo Pinto hosted the Lithuanian students, Jurgita Bakanaité and Vilte Adomaityte. José Filipe and Tiago Silva hosted the Estonians students. Venno Leidorp stayed with José and Kristo Toots stayed with Tiago. Everything was going as planned.

On Tuesday, the 12th, during the morning, our school organised an activity: A Feira dos Produtos da Terra – this activity takes place every year to celebrate St. Martin. The foreign students and teachers enjoyed and participated in the celebration. We had lunch in the school canteen and we had a typical menu: Caldo Verde and Rojões com Castanhas. In the afternoon, each country made a brief presentation of their school and nation in the school auditorium.

On Wednesday, we went to Braga. First, we visited the Sameiro and the Bom Jesus, two religious places. There, we used the famous hydraulic lift. Shortly after, we went to the Sé de Braga to appreciate the architectural style, a representative style of the Portuguese churches. Afterwards, we returned to Guimarães and we had lunch at the Oriental restaurant. After lunch, we had another adventure: a Peddy Paper – Discovering the historical centre of Guimarães. As this city was the European Capital of Culture in 2012 we had a lot to discover. It was a very interesting and funny activity. Then, we visited the Paço dos Duques. We had a guided tour and we learnt interesting things about the Portuguese monarchy. In the evening, most of the students met at the shopping centre – Espaço Guimarães – to hang out and go bowling.

On Thursday, we went to Porto, a world famous city for its wine – Porto. There, we had a boat tour on the Rio Douro to appreciate the marvelous landscapes. After that, we visited the wine cellars of Porto Cálem. After lunch, we continued our sightseeing tour, this time by bus. We saw the Torre dos Clérigos, the Casa da Música and the Palácio do Freixo, among other points of interest. Later, we stopped in Matosinhos to enjoy the beach.

On Friday, the 15th, students and teachers gathered together in the school auditorium to discuss issues such as religion, homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization … That morning the Lithuanian students and teachers went back home. After that, we went for a walk up the mountain Penha. Everyone was amazed with the sights! When we got there he had lunch at the restaurant Dan José. Then, we had the afternoon off. It was the last day and this meant it was time for goodbyes. It was time for the final farewell. With sadness but also with the hope that one day we will meet again, we said goodbye and this Portuguese adventure ended.

Cátia Cunha, 9º C