Il ritorno dopo Natale…

Ciao a tutti,

and a Happy New Year!!

I am back here to start the 2020 with a lot of energy, new experiences and food, of course. For the Christmas holidays I went back in Greece to see my family and my friends and enjoy some time in my home.

My feelings were mixed…

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Before even leaving from Faenza to start my trip back to Athens I was pretty sure that I didn’t want to return. I had to stay in Italy to see how is Christmas time for the Italians and have this experience, too. But, my tickets were already paid and I couldn’t chance my mind so easily -after all, I think I already told you that I don’t have that much money to spent…-.

So, I returned in Greece and I landed in Athens. After a long journey I was finally home, in my bed sleeping during the afternoon because I was really tired from the flight and the change of the environment. I woke up at the right time to start my first night out in Athens and meet my friends. And that is how everything started….

I spent a week in Athens going out every single night and having fun. Of course with a bit of sleep and a lot of food. I saw all my friends and we had so much fun that after a point I almost forgot that I live in Italy now. After this fun and exhausting at the same time week, I took the bus to visit my parents and surprise them. They had no idea that I am going to my hometown to see them, even though they were literally begging me to go I was always telling them that I don’t have the time. Their reaction was precious!

I spent New Years Eve with them in our small village, in which they have a small, beautiful and traditional coffee shop. It was exactly what I needed after the previous week. I relaxed near the fireplace, I drunk coffees and hot chocolates, I took long walks with my dogs and I ate a lot for an other time. I also helped them if it was needed.

After 4 days with them, I returned to Athens to start getting ready to come back here, in Italy, in the magical Faenza. But, I never expected that for another time I didn’t wanted to go away. I got comfortable in Greece, with all these people around me that I love and it was really hard to come back here. I had to sit and think about all the positive and negative things to realize for another time that the opportunity to be here is amazing and I don’t want to change a thing.

After all, I am going back in Greece soon…

Danai, Greece

Vacanza Studio All' Estero

Have you seen your friends on Facebook and Instagram having fun all summer abroad?

Are you ready to live an extraordinary experience which combines the study of your interests and the chance to live abroad for an amount of time?

A.N.S.I (Associazione Nazionale Scuola Italiana) is here to give you the chance to live the experience that will follow you the rest of your life. If you already have found a summer study program that interests you or you haven’t but you want to join one, A.N.S.I is there to help you.

The search of a program that suits to your needs sometimes might be stressful as well all the bureaucracy around your departure for another country. This organization will be by your side and give you all the right information so nothing negative will come in your way.

A.N.S.I is an association that organize and informs about summer study projects abroad and with an experience of years in this field is the best organization to make you fell safe, well inform you and help you to find your path.

Firenze: Una città bella ma ”piena come un uovo”…

Ciao a tutti,

Sono qui per ancora una volta e con un nuovo travel blog! Or better I can keep going on with English. Sooo, I am still here, still living, working in Faenza and still travelling. For this week I have a really special city to talk to you about, but as you already understood we are going to speak for Florence!

One of the most famous cities in Italy, that I am sure everybody have heard about it, is Florence. Is a city with a huge history background from Medici and Renascence until the Modern Italian Ages. Easily can somebody say that while walking around the city seems like you are moving through the rooms of a museum. There is something to see in every corner of this city and you can easy fill your camera with beautiful pictures of Florence.

I think these are enough as an introduction for this town, so let’s move smoothly on my personal experience.

Here in Italy the 1st of November is actually a bank holiday and lucky me, happened this year to be a Friday. As you can imagine it was the perfect opportunity for me to start my trip from Friday, since I didn’t worked. I took a train at 10.00 o’clock in the morning and after two hours of an amazing route with the train, between mountains and cloudy autumn trees, I was finally in Florence. I had a date with a friend, in which house I stayed these days, in the central station of the city and from the first minute we started to explore Florence.

After a quick look in the city center I realized that Florence is a touristic destination, but a REALLY TOURISTIC DESTINATION. People were everywhere and it is getting extremely difficult to see the famous sights of the city. People are everywhere, you can’t move easily and of course in every place you have to wait a long to drink, eat, order etc.

One of the first things I actually wanted to do in Florence it was eating because I hadn’t had breakfast -as usual as we are talking about me- and I was pretty hungry around 2.00 o’clock. So, we tried the most famous place to eat in town, ”All’ Antico Vinaio”, and from the very first moment I was scared. There are three shops under the same name in the same street and the people were making huge lines to wait for a panini. Of course, I started complaining and begging my friend to find something else, but eventually she convinced me and I don’t regret it. After an 1 hour waiting we finally got our Panini and it was really delicious, maybe the best thing I ate in Italy so far.

After that really long waiting, we visited some of the sights in the town but I didn’t actually enjoyed them enough because of the people who were everywhere and in big, big numbers. The last thing that we did and it was maybe the thing I liked the most, -even though it was a little bit far from the city center-it was to visit the Michelangelo’s Square which is up to a hill and you can see all Florence from up there. The view is incredible and even though the people was pretty much for another time -I know you are bored for reading this today-, I enjoyed my time up there, listening to smooth music and drinking beer.

We went back home at 8.00 o’clock and we had plans to party a little bit in Florence by night, but as you can imagine all my energy was spent in only one morning in the town and just dealing with this huge number of people.

The next day we were expecting an other friend for ours, a fella volunteer as me and he was in town around 10.00 o’clock. Also he had a problem with all these people as me, but a bigger one. Our original plan was to stay in Florence since Sunday so we can visit for free all the famous museums in the city -because every first Sunday of the month you can enjoy a free entrance in all museums-, but after all we felt really tired in this town and I was started getting pissed off with this crowd of tourists.

We started our trip back in Saturday evening and around 9.00 o’clock in the night we were back in our quiet and rainy Faenza. We decided to make a common dinner and we drunk our two bottles of wine in the peace and quiet of our apartment, while enjoying quiet and calm conversation.

Yes, you got it right, it’s pretty crazy down there in Florence. I am voting ”Pass”, but I really don’t want to influence you, just take a visit too and tell me your opinion.

Until the next time…

Ci vediamo,

Danai, Greece

Nuovi Arrivi!

Siete pronti per i nostri nuovi arrivi a Faenza?

Aspettiamo a Novembre i volontari Filandesi di Hyria, che si fermeranno un anno a Faenza con l’ Informagiovani!

Abbiano fatto il loro pre-departure training e ora sono un passo più vicino a Italia.

Non vediamo l’ora d’ incontrati!

La nostra storia… fino a qui

Sono passati sei mesi da quando ci siamo costituite come associazione di volontariato e abbiamo fatto un po’ di cose (non tutte quelle che volevamo fare, ma insomma, siamo ancora in fase di rodaggio!).

E quindi in sei mesi ci siamo battute con la burocrazia, ci siamo registrate, ci siamo proposte come formatrici per insegnare un po’ di informatica ai richiedenti asilo e abbiamo organizzato tre corsi assieme al Progetto Policoro, Anolf, Cisl, Caritas, Farsi Prossimo e AMI e se tutto va bene a breve ne inizieremo un altro!

Abbiamo organizzato i nostri primi due aperitivi linguistici sul tema del viaggio e stiamo pensando al prossimo step: aperitivi in inglese con giochi di società!

Abbiamo ottenuto l’accreditamento come associazione di invio per il Servizio Volontario Europeo e il primo ragazzo, Boba Daniane, è partito per l’Olanda!

Abbiamo tanta strada ancora da fare e i progetti si fanno ambiziosi… quindi augurateci tanta fortuna e rimanete sintonizzati… per sapere tutto delle prossime mirabolanti avventure con le ‘cosiddette e sedicenti’ Seme XPXP

Ragazzi… ci siamo costituite!

Prima o poi dovevamo confessare, certe cose non le puoi tenere dentro troppo a lungo e quindi… abbiamo aperto un’associazione!

Non è stato un processo doloroso, e nemmeno lungo (grazie a Marzia e Denise di Per gli altri che ci hanno risolto tutte le questioni burocratiche). Ma forse è così che si fanno le cose a 30 anni: ci pensi, ti piace, lo fai.

Ci chiamiamo SE.M.I. (Seeds for More Interculture), siamo un’associazione di volontariato e vogliamo organizzare attività culturali e interculturali, creative e sociali, locali e internazionali.

Perché?

Perché le nuove idee nascono dal confronto e dal dialogo, perché la diversità è una grande ricchezza.

Perché il linguaggio e gli idiomi non costituiscano una barriera ma uniscano persone e siano strumento di cooperazione.

Perché il dialogo interculturale e la cittadinanza europea sono centrali nella nostra società in divenire.

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Domenica 2 Ottobre saremo in Piazza del Popolo a Faenza a girellare tra gli stand e presentare il nostro progetto!

Per saperne di più e/o collaborare: elisa.emiliani.86 @ gmail.com [presto avremo un’email ufficiale, promesso!]

stay tuned 😉