Last meeting of evaluation : Samothraki 22 th to 26th May

All the partners of the program Grundtvig ” I will survives ” found themselves for the evaluation and to work on the final report.

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A public meeting was organized in the municipality of Samothraki. All the Greek participants came to speak about their experience in this program.

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Last day in Poland 18th april

To begin the day, the group was divided into two to facilitate the visits.Various breads are prepared in a small workshop, and are marketed locally or in big cities all around. All the participants put hands in the flour to prepare each a bread which we were able to returned.

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The second group visited host’s house, with some complementary activities, a small production of goat cheese and a work of carpenter.

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By following the group visited a horse farm intended for the equestrian tourism.

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After the same visits both groups found themselves for a meal organized by all the local associations.

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After noon, after the visit of a Basilica, the group it is found to exchange on the occasion of the final evaluation of the stay.

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In the evening all the participants and the local organizers of the stay it are found for the traditional evening specialities.

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Wednesday 17/04/2013 afternoon

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On Wednesday the 17th after our morning visits we reached the Cultural Center of Kamiena Gora Municipality for our lunch. At the headquarters of a club that has been operating for 30 years, in a great place renovated recently with the help of the European project, with an impeccable hospitality,  we felt like we are at home.

 

The tastefull meal, the image of the table, the traditional costumes of the choir, the traditional songs and dances, made us get into the tradition and the culture of the region. The presentation made by the local people made us travel with all senses (music- vision- taste) in the local customs (the custom of the Polish Easter table of the region).

We would like to congratulate the organizers, the members of the club but mostly Mrs Danuta, the heart and the soul of the club that with her passion, dynamics and spontaneity motivated us to participate in the rhythms of the event!

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The following visit was to the agro tourism infrastructure ‘’Pustelnik’’. Our bus left us some 500 meters away and we started to walk towards a beautiful road towards the tourist facility. Suddenly we saw a small paradise, a picture that is breathtaking.  A fairytale setting that automatically travels you at past fairy years.
Beautiful buildings, a majestic forest, an artificial lake, green environment in absolute harmony with the landscape. Two extraordinary people of the city who decided to come and settle in the countryside trying to realize their dream. The first attempt to deal with livestock according to their statement was unsuccessful. But they were focused and had patience and perseverance. They changed orientation and begun to work in furniture restoration (art of the man s father) establishing at the same time an agrotourism infrastructure of a hostel. They created slowly their clientele, making stable steps without hurry and without  making reductions in the quality of their work, This strategy will definitely reward them.
The agrotourism hostel we visited is hard to be described searching for words into the rich Greek vocabulary. Fairy, Dreaming, Erotic, Present, Detailed, Thrifty.
Ultimate destination for everyone. Families with children- couples in love-group of friends!!
Perfect place for rest – relaxation and revision of the values
​​of our lives.

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17/04/2013 Second day to Poland mobility

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In the morning we were at the cattle farm in Olszyny with the family Berdychowski. The farmer operates his farm for 20 years, he was able to buy the farm after the change of the political system to good conditions. He is cultivating 120 acres with 55 dairy cows and 45 young animals. It is family owned buissenes. Impressive was the proportion of europeen funds with which a functional operation is ensured in the countryside. The operation was found to be clean, well maintained and very bright. It has a modern milking equipment and supplies his milk (nearly 400,000 liters / year) from a cooperation of about 120 members in Kamienna Gora. The milk is not sold as milk, but further processed into cheese and cream. We where impressed about the high professional competence and well organiszed farm.

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Then we visited the cheese factory in Wanczykowka Grzedy, where we were received by a woman. She is a trained teacher and her husband a trained forester. The idea for the cheese, the man had on a market in Poznan. He began to learn about the production of cheese, and then only on the basis of magazines and a trip through Germany. Both then started 5 years ago with the production of cheese in their own kitchen. The milk processing has been increased by 50 liters to 300 liters per day now. It is processed only own milk. We learned that for a kilo of hard cheese 10 liters of milk are needed. The assortment ranges from cream cheese to soft cheese to hard cheese. Recently, yogurt is also available. In the newly developed cheese dairy is a small selling space in which we were allowed to taste the delicious products. We enjoyed the wide range and excellent tastiness products. You can see that the family members are fully clamped. There are 7 private hectares and 40 hectares of leased land farmed. In addition to the 15 cows they keep goats for meat production. The livestock attracted attention because of the high proportion of manual labor. The mucking is done by hand and a can milking machine is used. While visiting the stables we saw that the animals are kept traditional. A major goal of the operator is to build a large barn so as to facilitate the work as a whole. The cheese offered to us was sold within a short time and it was brought new from the dairy.

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Afterwards we visited the weaving workshop in Chelmsko. Holds in the nearby of a Cistercian monastery monks built 300 years ago a complex of wooden houses, called The 12 Apostles”, which are considered one of the most interesting monuments of the Polish wood construction. In the houses there was a central space in which worked, lived and slept up to 10 people. We experienced the craftsmanship of fiber flax and were allowed to participate in it ourselves. The linen that used to be made here, found ready market not only in Europe, but it was shipped to America. We noticed that only very small windows were present and therefore there was little daylight for the work available. A lying behind the house overhang services to bleach the linen cloths, with the sunlight was reflected and gave the small room light. We found the visit very interesting and earned a lot of experience on the production of line and got to know several types of linen. In the adjoining shop, we were able to purchase several linen products and convince us of the high quality craftsmanship. These are made in Kamienna Gora. The flax for this comes from the nearby region.

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Kamienna Gora, April 16th, 2013 Poland Mobility

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After a presentation round of the participants, the group gathered in front of a wonderful  animated movie of the Polish (masculine) history: warriors, blacksmiths, knights, merchants, kings and bishops.

 

We learned that Poland, disappeared and rose again from its ashes, but one question remains: where are the weaving women?

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And now let’s go to Kamienna Gora!

 

Finally we can eat some fresh apples on the market of this small town, buy some new woolen socks and some more exotics items, such as a wheel-barrel tire, lily bulbs, various seeds, tissues, grounded flax,  gooseberry plants, a cheap necklace, and of course toothpaste!

 

By pure coincidence we all ended up in the same and unique coffee shop, where we noticed that a vodka glass costs as much as a coffee.

 

We were then welcomed by the Mayor and  visited the town council. We then gathered upstairs for a group discussion about  the social-political context  in the rural community of Kamienna Gora. The main topics were tourism, timber exploitation, EU subventions, institutional  structures. We were astonished to see how hard living conditions  are in this region. We learned that many times in the history, population of this area was moved, according to political changes, like the constant redefinition of  borders.

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At this moment of the day, we are very hungry and we won’t be disappointed, neither by the original and vey kitschy style of the Ratuszowa restaurant, nor by the generous amount of their typical cuisine!

 

 

 

In the middle of our digestion we were forced into an evil labyrinth: the Arado museum. The museum is an actual tunnel, that used to be an hidden and secret military factory, were war prisoners, deported from all Europe, would build weapons also chemical, planes and bombs. We visited 500m out of 11 km of cold and very humid basements. The sudden irruption of a guide dressed up as a nazi officer, makes us doubt about the pedagogical  benefits of this visit.

 

We visited the weaving museum, were the director showed us the treasures of the  linen handicraft heritage: weaving looms, spinning wheels, hangings, mats, etc…

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Eventhough we are just starting to digest our too generous lunch, we are walking to the restaurant for dinner. Let’s swing into action!

 

Leszek opens the doors to his tavern, to the accompaniment of the Klezmer music! In order to make some space in our stomachs, he offers us a couple of Vodka glasses, that we baptized “trou polonais”.

Step by step we savoured the various dishes interrupted by wild -more or less- folkloric dances.  During this pleasant evening, participants became closer and the atmosphere was warmhearted.

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Poland mobility ” Kamienna Gora

Kamienna Góra [kaˈmʲɛnːa ˈɡura] (German: Landeshut in Schlesien, Czech: Lanžhot, Kamenná Hora) is a town in south-western Poland with 21,440 inhabitants (2006). It is the seat of Kamienna Góra County, and also of the rural district called Gmina Kamienna Góra, although it is not part of the territory of the latter (the town forms a separate urban gmina).

Kamienna Góra on the Bóbr river is situated in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (from 1975–1998 it was in the former Jelenia Góra Voivodeship) between the Stone Mountains and the Rudawy Janowickie at the old trade route from Silesia to Prague, today part of the National Road No. 5. It lies approximately 95 kilometres (3.740157480×109 mils) south-west of the regional capital Wrocław.

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Poland Mobility from 15th April to 19th April 2013

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The accomodation will ba at : http://hotel-zadrna.pl/

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