Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Iza's Erasmus

My Erasmus calendar

This semester passed so quickly I didn’t even realized, but let’s start at the beginning.
February: arriving, excitement, curiosity, new people, a lot of new information, this is how I would describe my first day. After the orientation at the university, I moved in the dorm, which was also new for me, because I have never lived in such a place before. Everybody was very nice and helpful, but I was a bit afraid, I was alone, but at the same time I was like: finally I could try myself, I am happy and free!
March: I already have a cleaner picture of my Erasmus life, I have a final timetable, I do not get lost at TF, I know where my classes are. My subjects are very mixed, so I always meet new students, which gave me a great experiment and professional exchanges.
April: Student, private and all kind of life is going on, finally spring is here, the sun  is shining , it is raining,  and the wind is blowing at the same time, this crazy  weather fits perfectly for this month. I think Budapest is the most beautiful in the spring, the Gellért hill turns green, the view from the Buda Castle is wonderful and every time I cross the Szabadság bridge, I admire the river too and I still feel like it is unbelievable that I am living in such a great city.
May: The exam period is here, which means something will end soon. The semester is almost over, I have to prepare myself to return home, I have to store up the memories, and the experiences what the city and the people gave me during this time.
We are already in June, it’s children’s day, sunshine, happiness, summer, so take advantage of the remaining time before you go home! I do so!

Wish you all a joyful after-Erasmus life, with kind regards, Iza J

Leisure time camp


Hey you guys! Please fasten your seat belts and be ready for another blog on Leisure Time Sports Camp. Let’s start with informations about programme, sports done, and some tips for preparation of future’s Erasmus.  The camp was consisted by 3 sports as cycling, hiking and water sports, they were  separately organized in 3 different dates. Duration was approximately 4-5 hours for each from 09:00 to 13:00 and all tips are going to same way that you need a water and some food to survive during activities. Also, we were lucky that we have done all camps  with sunny weather, however you should have a look weather estimation before you go and of course there is a guide book of camp’s teachers  which was sent by e-mail to you about tips. So don’t worry, do everything  that they warn you BY e-mail before. Be happy J
We started with cycling camp on 4 April at 09:00. As the place was very far from the city center, of cource great public transport of Budapest run to help us. *ıt is recommended to go there by a group of people. It will help you to reach this place or be lost collectively . ısn’t it beter than being alone with wild pigs? J  Introduction meetings are indipensible activity of those camps however this camp’s introduction was in Hungarian therefore, we could understand only ‘’Jó reggelt’’ which means Good Morning! It was enough for us to wake up after a night party! J  After 1 hour introduction, we went for  mountain-biking which was the most enjoyable part among all camp programme.  I suggest you  to check your brakes before you start to move there and remove your adrenalin as it is going to be peak during mountain biking. The second part of programme is different kind of competition with bicycles that we lost all competition so ı don’t wanna refer about it more. The third part was about mechanism of a bicycle and how to repair broken parts of it in Hungarian. It was the part of people who could be interested in bicycle from heart to listen carefully. Therefore,  a few of us was interested in this part.

The second leg of the camp was ‘’Hiking’’. In fact, ı experienced very bad night before the camp day and ı was sick during all day so ı couldn’t  be motivated well. However, ıt was even great day inspite of my sickness except for  that we completed orienteering  parcur in 75 minutes with Walter as much as we made our leader a bit upset. It was because of my stomacache. The nearest pairs to us has  finished this parcur 15 minutes before infront of us :D Before orienteering, we walked through great nature of Budapest such as natural formations, hills, fresh-air, friendly  conversations of Erasmus community, great hill; Nagy Kevely. We left our tracks behind us on hill of Budapest  as we wrote ‘’We were here’’ Signutare: Erasmus.

The last sport of programme was mixed as water camp sports which included ‘’kayak, canoeing, dragon boat’’.  We were lucky that our coordinators were with us to translate introduction meeting!  Say hit o Madam Julianna Kiraly and Pirosca Katalin! Unfortunately; Kate had to leave organization early.Sad!   Before we go there, ı  always wondered how it would be on Danube River and ı realised this dream after introduction meeting. I was happy that  would have done all of boat types, but,  at last; ı understood that ı have  shameful balance skills which could cause a capsize on Danube, however  Walter’s great balance skills saved  our life on wild Danube river . We survivedJ  End of the programme, we did Dragon Boat opps actually  we tried to do. As Julie was leader of boat and drummer of boat, she looked like so happy while we were getting tired of rowing. Just a joke! As a notice for politicians and environmentalists,  I hope, all countries where Danube River  crosses  will have prevention for water-pollution of Danube soon.

                Finally; ı would like to emphase that these camps and meetings with Erasmus mates can not be described but only experienced. Therefore;  unbuckle your  seat belts as we came to end of the story!  I hope, next fastened seat-belts of you  are going to be not for a story hopefully for a flight which is going to your Erasmus dreams at TF.  –to Future’s Erasmus-

-BOZs -

Monday, May 30, 2016

Recreation camp II.

Recreation camp was a great example that the best experience what you can get is by travelling to see other thinking and not only travel to learn how to survive abroad or get know better the language. In Poland I study Tourism and recreation on Academy of Physical Education in Biała Podlaska, that’s why for last 2 years I was working as instructor on winter and summer camps. What’s the most important in my work? Every day you have to have new ideas for kids to organize interesting classes for them. I didn’t know that my Erasmus visit in Hungary will show me so many things and differences between our cultures and traditions. But back to the topic of Recreation camp. We took a part of classes which are not so popular in Poland like rugby, petanque, Frisbee golf, archery, grass hockey, kifling and slackline. Most of them are well known in my country some of them not at all. What was the most interesting for me? Definitely Kifling! In Poland we use equipment for Kifling just for fun and recreation usually playing in pairs for example during picnics. I had no idea that it can be such an interesting sport! We had so much fun playing Kifling and I’m sure I’ll bring the idea of this competition to Poland. What was the best thing of all sports? That the teachers showed us not only the rules, history or how to play but games and plays with equipment. All classes gave us a lot of fun and ideas to conduct my own classes witch children. We could try something else, or know different way how to have fun with sport which we already know.



In celebration of the end of the semester, we decided to go to Balaton for a relaxing weekend by the lake. After a short train ride, we arrived at a beautiful house in a quiet, serene neighbourhood. We spent the evening watching the sunset over the marsh and cooked up some juicy discount meat over the bonfire. We also roasted marshmallows over the fire- Misi described the taste of it as burning plastic, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it! The next day, we spent the morning trying to find a sandy beach, but apparently they don’t exist in Hungary. We settled on tanning and swimming by the port, but got kicked off the pier and had to relocate ourselves to the marsh. Koffi joined us that evening and biked over 60 kilometers to find us! We spent the rest of the night sitting by the fire and enjoying each other’s company. It was the perfect way to end off a wonderful semester of Erasmus with TF!