czwartek, 19 września 2019

AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE OF MY LIFE...

It's one o'clock at night. A warm wind is blowing from the sea, the full moon is reflected in the
turbulent water, which sound and flicker is putting me in a blissful mood. I have the
impression that I am the only human in the world. Just turn around. I have a million-city
behind my back. The lights are burning out in the retina and it seems like thousands of eyes
are looking at me. I have been living like this on the border of the worlds for two months.
People surround me during the day, at night - animals. I’m raising my ears waiting for the
signal to act. Somewhere nearby, I hear barking and I start running immediately. The light of
my flashlight directed the way the sound is coming from, is reflecting in the eyes of a big dog.
We are looking at each other until he gets that he should go. He is moving down his tail and
leaving my area. I’m turning off the light and getting used to the darkness for a moment, then
looking around. I work at night, because when the temperature goes down a bit, my pupils
appear. I am walking quietly to a big hole in the sand. The turtle inside is just laying eggs.
There will be maybe even two hundred of them. When she finishes, she covers it carefully
and heads back towards the sea. I am standing aloof, waiting for her to disappear. Over a
meter in length, up to five hundred kilos in weight. She is safe in the water, there are no
natural enemies. Those two hours spend on land are the most dangerous hours in her life.
And this life is really amazing. I feel sad when I think about how some of them end. Bitten by
stray dogs while laying eggs, sometimes only a meter from the safe sea. Fortunately, this
one succeeded. Once I found a turtle surrounded by three dogs, with an almost snapped off
paw. I arrived at the last minute, if I would have been there later, she probably couldn't have
been saved. A similar situation fortunately did not happen again. We took the wounded turtle
to hospital, where it was quickly cured and released into the sea. I wonder where she will go
now, where she has already been, how many adventures have happened to her. All I know is
that she was born on this beach. They always come back to the same place to lay eggs.
Nobody knows how and why, but it is obvious that for them we have to protect these few
unique, selected places. But it is not that simple. The sea currents bring here tons of garbage
from all over the Mediterranean, and the organization that I'm working for tries not to let some
companies to build a huge factory here. I take my bag and gloves for afternoon relaxation on
the beach. It amazes me, what you can find here: lego blocks, sneakers, dolls without eyes,
aluminum cans, banners, shaving machines, bottles, straws for drinks, snack packaging,
slippers, bones, wires, nets, ropes, disposable dishes, caps, clothes, polystyrene, boards,
inflatable toys, carrier bags and unidentified pieces of plastic in various shapes and colours.
And next to there are shells and colourful stones. And of course turtles nests. From the ten-
week nests, the baby turtles begin to come out at night. When looking for them, I walk on the
beach with a box and I light up the ground under my feet. I take every baby I find with me.
They are only a few centimetres long, but when I hold them in my hand, I can feel the
amazing life power that nature has put into these little bodies. They run around the box all
night, remembering that they must go to the sea no matter what. When the morning comes, I
release them a few metres from the sea and I go into the water and I direct a torch towards
them. They follow the light. There would be no need for me to be here if there was no city
with its lights. The moon, stars and flickering waves would show them the way. However,
people decided to overshadow the nature. Happily, my flashlight attracts their attention and
soon the waves take them. One in a thousand will reach eighteen years to become adult.
Maybe I'll be back here in twenty years and a little turtle that I led to the sea will come out as
a beautiful, strong mother?
The project took place in Mersin, Turkey, during the summer holidays 2019, as part of the
European Union initiative European Solidarity Corps for youth between eighteen and thirty
years old.
#savetheturtles




Text and photos by Zofia Hałas (language class III bL)

MY UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAYS

DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union aiming to promote European culture and
train travel. It is directed to all the eighteen-year-old citizens of the Member States and allows
them to travel around Europe for up to 30 days. It was launched in 2018 and so far there
have been almost 275 000 candidates, of which nearly 50 000 have been selected.
Surprisingly I turned out to be among the lucky ones.
My journey lasted from the 9th to the 19th of August. During that time I visited Budapest,
Vienna, Florence and Pisa. That was my first time abroad and I had decided to plan and
make it all by myself, what later turned out to be one of the best decisions I had ever made.
On daily basis not only was I trying to visit the most popular tourist attractions but also to get
to know each city from the local, authentic side. Though every evening I came back to my
hostel exhausted, inside I was really happy after an eventful day. I have seen the Hungarian
Parliament Building in Budapest, visited the Sisi Museum in Vienna, taken photos of
Michelangelo’s David and the Leaning Tower of Pisa… Honestly, the list is endless.
As I mentioned before, I travelled alone but hardly was there any time when I felt lonely and
the reason of that were all the people I met. Those were the other DiscoverEU participants I
had had contact with earlier as well as some random people met at the hostels or even on a
street. I am positive that without them I experienced even a half of things that are now some
of my most precious memories.
One of the biggest concerns I had had before setting off on a journey was the language
barrier. Fortunately it turned out to be a groundless fear. Due to my constant contact with
people around me, I broke the barrier down quite fast and over time it got much easier for me
to speak English. I did my best to talk as much as I could and I believe that in such a
pleasant way I have improved my language skills a lot. My trip has made me more aware of
the importance of knowledge of foreign languages. If hadn’t known English at a sufficient
level, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish such a journey. Furthermore, it is worth to
know some words and expressions in as many languages as it is possible. People really
appreciate attempts of foreigners to speak their language, at least partly. It is a very easy
way to win their affection and make new friends.
It is commonly said that travel broaden the mind and I’m unable not to agree with it. My
summer adventure was often a true survival school that developed my independence and
responsibility. I feel more aware of the current world situation and I’ve learnt much about the
history and culture of our continent, also meeting new people and talking to them in a foreign
language doesn’t frighten me anymore. DiscoverEU enabled me to gain lots of new
experience, get to know myself better and the world and simply make my dreams about the
journey of the lifetime come true.





Text and photos by Julia Michalska (language class III bL)

czwartek, 5 kwietnia 2018

TV COMMERCIALS


 During our last English lesson we prepared TV commercials. Most of us agreed to be recorded during the presentation of the commercial. We want to show you our work. While recording the commercials we were in very good mood. We think that you will like our projects. If you have any ideas which can help us to improve our work, tell us. We wish you pleasant viewing. We invite you to write comments.



czwartek, 11 stycznia 2018

LANGUAGE SCHOOL



This commercial is about language school called "Word in the world".
(prepared by Zosia Andrzejewska and Michalina Smektała)

LAPTOP




 


This commercial is about famous Apple Macbook.
(prepared by Maria Andrzejewska and Mateusz Stankowski)

WASHING POWDER




This commercial is about washing powder colled "Clean white".
(prepared by Alicja Sorbicka and Eryk Stachowiak)