It was the 16th of June 2021 and I was in the airport of Rome waiting for the next flight to bring me to Bulgaria. Eight hours of travelling, lots of expectations, plenty of energy. When I arrived in Sofia at the meeting point, two young people with big smiles came to me to introduce themselves. We were all there waiting for the same bus to come. Minute by minute, people were reaching us and so we got the chance to get to know each other. Afterwards, it is absolutely impressive to realize how fond I feel now of those strangers.
Experiencing an Erasmus+ means so many things, but first of all, developing cultural awareness and open-mindedness. Indeed, thanks to this amazing opportunity I got the chance to be part of a family of 28 people, coming from 12 different countries of Europe. They have enriched me with their stories, with their ideas and values, and they are now part of my history.
It is really hard to summarize how many things I have learnt in just seven days. Every day I felt so motivated because of the amazing activities we have done. “Storify Your Mission for Impact”, this is exactly what we have done. Alongside the thousand activities that made us have so much fun and test our creativity, alongside the final reflections at the end of each intense but beautiful day, I and my Team created a Social Campaign thanks to the tools given to us by our fantastic trainers. “Don’t CLOTHES your eyes” because people’s personality is not tailor made, and being part of such a strong and important experience as the Erasmus+, is one of the best ways to deeply understand the message.
In only a week I learned that a “Mission Impossible” always has a solution, if people work as a team, that getting out of our Comfort Zone is the first step to develop personally, professionally and academically. The first day I learnt that “Good Morning” in Bulgarian is “добро утро” , but that saying “Goodbye” is much more complicated.
I would leave again and again and again, because these experiences fill you inside and they teach you to improve in every aspect of life.
Never stop discovering, never stop improving as a human being.
Marica Barbieri, Italy