Comenius Project Meeting in Cine-Aydin, Turkey
In the week of November 10 to November 14, 2014, we travelled to Aydin-Cine with both our teachers Dr. Mag. Fertala and Mag. Ekker (BHAK Wien 10) in the expectation of experiencing a memorable time. The main reason for travelling to Turkey was to learn about renewable energy. Thus, on our first day we carried out an assessment of each country’s energy consumption, production, and long-term goals in form of presentations in order to take part in the subsequent workshops. Furthermore, we had a short but nice tour of the school and were allowed to engage in free-time activities with our hosts and to see the city centre of Aydin in the evening.
On our second day, which was long but very eventful, we had a tight schedule. Our Turkish partners took us on a guided bus tour to show the most interesting, beautiful, and must-see sights of their region. First we drove to a large geothermal power station near Cine. Afterwards we visited the House of Virgin Mary. It was very calm and peaceful there and it is said that Mary spent her last days on the top of Bulbul mountain.
After our visit to that sacred place we went to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. The Temple of Artemis, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is located there. We learned a lot about the history of Ephesus and saw breathtaking buildings (e.g. The Library of Celsus).
The next station was Sirince, a small town on the mountain near the city of Selcuk. It was once a Greek village and is nowadays famous for its olive oil and other natural products. There was also a bazaar and it was nice to wander the small cobbled streets and marvel at the Turkish-Greek hand-crafted products. Our next stop was Kusadasi, a beautiful city located by the sea. We didn’t have much time but that was OK because we spent it wisely. We tried some of the local dishes and went for a walk through the centre afterwards. Our last stop on that day was the visit of a shopping centre.
On Thursday we drove to Cine Dam, a large hydroelectric power station where water is stored in order to produce energy. Since we have never seen a dam before, the size of this power plant really impressed us. However, we agreed that such a dam can also be seen as a crime against nature.
In the afternoon we had workshops with the pupils and teachers from all partner countries focusing on renewably energy sources. Our many field trips were particularly helpful for accomplishing our final tasks. To finish the nice week in Cine-Aydin the host country organized a small get-together where we could enjoy the last evening and say our farewells.