Strasbourg, France

France. When everybody hears the name of the country, first association is Paris – the city of Love.

But France has small cities full of colors and impression, which brings you to 90s and gives you the spirit of the past century. Nice girls with colorful dresses ride bikes, the streets are small and smell on croissants, the coffee is amazing, the small shops for bread twist your head around trying to find them, as it’s smell so delicious like hell!

French people have culture and their own rhythm of life and their language is as hard as lyrical. I like listening to their language!

In France, I have participated in a Youth Exchange in Strasbourg with a group of 60 people from Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Morocco, Jordan, France. The organizer was one of the best organizations I have had the chance to exchange with – AMSED.

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We were together for 14 amazing days and discover the city of Youth Changes, the city of Youth power and innovative ideas. We have been playing Forum Theatre in front of French local audience and we were our best.

What is Forum Theatre – it’s a play and the public is an active part of it. The audience can say stop every time it wants and can suggest how actors will continue to play. Firstly people see real situation with a bad end and after that, they can start thinking how they can change the situation positively. This is interaction which involves the society to start thinking how they can bring changes in their lives. This technique is very useful as a tool to open the box and start thinking.

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We have interacted with locals and hear their stories. We met a guy in front of the Strasbourg cathedral – a singer and he plays on guitar. This boy was homeless but happy, singing in the city center of Strasbourg, in front of the beautiful cathedral. He spoke with us with very good English and told us about all the cities he has visited and all the experience he has earnt. Even without a home, he was smiling and talking hearty with us!

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We have had a wonderful touch of the countries’ food and culture. For me, Morocco and Jordan were the most excited as they are not in Europe and have a unique culture.

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Here is the video of our project thanks to AMSED:

Strasbourg has the passion of the Youth. The European Parliament is there. The youth is alive, young people talk about different problems and solutions in the society. It’s really impressive not to see the changes but to be the changes, to feel the changes!

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In front of the European Parliament

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I got the passion and the youth spirit of Strasbourg and I will bring it with myself as a gift at home. It’s the best I could take for myself and it’s priceless!

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Blessing moments!
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Entrepreneurship Project in Eforie Nord, Romania

When you are confused about yourself and life a way of escape always exists. People run away for different reasons. From different things – may be bad work, bad luck, fears, from yourself, because of love or the lag of love. Always it’s easier to run away and create the illusion of your fake reality.

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I travel away for half a month in Eforie Nord, Romania in Europe. This was my temporary escape from the current reality. I spend 14 amazing days with strangers who became my friends.

I have participated in Erasmus Plus Youth Exchange in Eforie Nord (Romania). The subject was Entrepreneurship. So excited!

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Welcome Party with 6 nationalities.

All people there were simply amazing! We were from 6 different European countries. We participated actively in the Project and it took a lot of energy to be creative every day.

We had time to discover the nice beaches in Eforie Nord, to listen to The Black sea Autumn song and to relax.

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This is not my first time participating in Erasmus Plus Youth Exchanges.

To be a part of this kind of Youth interactions you need to be from Europe and to apply for a specific project. You have to apply on a national level and a national foundation will support you before, during and after the Youth Exchange. It is great opportunity to travel when you are young and have no money because the program Erasmus Plus covers the flights, the hotel, and the food. Most of the times you only need pocket money.

I have learned so much from this project! We created, developed and presented new business ideas. There were a competition and a real battle among us.

I met incredible people and it was a party all nights long. I still keep a picture of some of my friends from Eforie Nord in my pocket.

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Something beautiful happened on this Exchange. With some of the participants, we build a strong relationship like we know each other from a long time ago, even if we met some days ago. We have cried together and laughed together, and the goodbye was hard.

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We have the best facilitator there –Radu.

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The last fight – presenting of the business plan to be fund

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I have learnt many useful skills and I was back in home with a taste of bitterness from our saying goodbye.

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A little party never kill nobody

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One of the nights we had a game. We were separated by teams. Every team was given a role.

My team in the picture below – We are Spice Girls!

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The Spice Girls team!

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Romanian traditional kitchen

This traveling for me started as an escape from my world for a while because I was bored. I believed this will help. But the truth is no matter where you are, you are happy as much as you feel happy in your heart. The most important thing is to be happy HERE and NOW.

 

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PS: Many thanks to Radu and Robert, this is the best Erasmus Plus project from my 15 Projects experience!

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