The last two days were pretty intense and exhausting.
We had an outside activity, we were split in 4 groups, and the coordinators gave us one page full of exercises (pretty much of them taking pictures in touristic places of the city) and a second page which was and interview for Greek people with the intention of making us have a conversation with local people and know them better. It had bad luck, it was raining and cold, so when we had most of the answers and pictures, we just went to a coffee shop to sit and stay in a warm place (sorry for that, coordinators!).
During the afternoon and evening, the activities were focus on making a presentation about our outside experience at the morning and to discuss some topics. The debate was intense. They gave us different affirmations, with each of them you had 2 minutes to talk about it with a partner, and then we had to choose if we agree or disagree and discuss about it. I swear, if they hadn’t stop us, we could still be there giving our reasons!
At night, we knew one organisation that host a lot of international students were doing kind of a demonstration due to the violence against women. We went there to support them, and after that we had finally free time to spend together. There was only 6 of us volunteering in Thessaloniki, and they were the ones showing and leading other people to the best taverns and bars.
The last day, was the day chosen by the coordinators of the crew to talk about ESC. They try to explain what it is, how it works... They tried to give us tools for solving problems and information about the budget. By the time we were exhausted, barely focus to be honest. I wish we had this explanation at the beginning, when we were fresh and we could had ask questions during the whole seminar. As I understood, sometimes they give this info at the beginning, sometimes at the end, it depends each time.
After that, we had our last night together, and the next day one by one we had to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is always sad, but I consider myself lucky because of the people I met there. Some of us had the opportunity to stay longer, and we took it just to stay together a bit more. Since then some of us are still meeting, and now we have a reason to travel a bit more and visit each other!
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