Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
Trip End Sep 12, 2012

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

I have finally found the other students in Hania! Per suggestion of Gareth Owens, the professor of the class I take in Heraklion, on Thursday I attended TEI's branch in Hania for 'Erasmus Day’, this was done in celebration of 25 years of the program. There was a similar event in Heraklion on Tuesday where all the Erasmus students in Crete went to TEI in Heraklion to learn about the history of the program, the future of the program and to learn about each other’s countries. While that event was much bigger, they decided to hold a smaller version here in Hania for the students that could not attend. As a member of the Erasmus board for all of TEI, Mr. Owens invited me so that I could meet the students.

The event itself was a bit long and slightly unorganized, but interesting nonetheless. There were a few Skype calls with former TEI students who participated in Erasmus and now live in the United Kingdom, France, Thessaloniki, and here in Hania. They shared their experiences and talked about how their trips in college helped them to return to that country and find wonderful positions. The man in the UK studied there 20 years ago, returned after he graduated and has been there ever since. The professors working with the program also spoke about its history and their plans for the future, which is a global Erasmus program-Erasmus Mundos. [This was interesting because Gareth calls the Drexel students ‘Erasmus from America’. When Erasmus Mundos launches in 2014, American students will indeed be able to participate and study all over the world, particularly in Europe, though.] Then the students presented their countries: namely Czech Republic, Lithuania, Italy, and Spain. After the event, Mr. Owens introduced me to some of the students and I ate lunch with them in the school cafeteria, and then we went for a coffee. Throughout the weekend I met even more of them and now have my own little network of European students! Today (Saturday), we all went to a tavern on the harbor to watch the ice hockey ‘EuroCup’ semi-finals between Czech Republic and Slovakia (many of the students are from the Czech Republic). Much to the dismay of the Czech students, Slovakia won the semi-final (this proved to be ok for them as Slovakia was beaten in the final by Russia).

Anyway, for future reference, here are some of the students I met:
Elena, Javi and Eduardo from Spain
Rosaida and Nicola(his name is pronounced Nick-ola) from Italy
Jana, Jarda, Ondrej, Ondrej, Mirek, Mirek, Mirek, Tomas, Zdenek, and Irji from the Czech Republic (I still can’t pronounce all their names correctly. And yes, there are three ‘Mirek’s)
Anabelle and Julie from France
Ana and Julian from Romania
Barbara from Chicago (!! Yes, another American is here in Hania! Although, her parents are Spanish and Czech and her boyfriend-one of the Mirek’s-is Czech. She graduated from the University of Madison, Wisconsin last year and has been in Greece since September.)

Well, that is my update for now. I apologize that there are no pictures to accompany this entry, but I managed to forget the camera at the flat. Ai!
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