Saturday, 9 November 2013

3rd MEETING - BODRUM ( 7 - 11 October 2013)

Comenius Partnership project: COINCO Cooking in Colours 

2nd module : Red and Green

Bodrum October 7 - 11, 2013

These two colours dominated the project cooking in Turkish Bodrum. The first group arrived from the Czech Republic already on Sunday October 6th. On Monday October 7th, 10 Czech students and 2 teachers together with 7 students and 3 teachers from Portugal visited the lokum manufacturer. Lokum is the typical Turkish delicacy, renamed „Turkish delight“ and we heard from the owner how it was made in the past and how it has been produced nowadays. We also had the chance to taste various flavours, ie lokum with tangerines, strawberries, nuts, pistachios. After this a little bit sweet starter we had a typical Turkish lunch in the local restaurant. Surprisingly it was meatless lunch with lots of vegetables, beans, lentils and tomatoes. After the lunch waiting for the Spanish group we were enjoying the warm Bodrum sun on the beach.

In the evening all three teams met for dinner and discussed the details of the programme.

On Tuesday October 8th we got a really warm welcome in the Bodrum Kiz Teknik ve Meslek Lisesi school by the management and teachers from this school. School Director Mr. Abtülkadir Saglam, Vice Manager Mrs. Ayşe Avci Asci, Project Manager Mr. Ersan Akbulut, cook teachers Mrs. Derya Kose, and Hulya Degirmenci.

After the official welcome the host students presented their school, their home country and finally we also learned some basic Turkish. The lesson was a bit difficult but funny and everybody enjoyed it.

All students together then prepared lunch from the local Turkish specialties manti and gözleme. After delicious lunch we all went to the Bodrum castle, the dominant of the city. Everybody liked the tour through the host country history and especially lovely views at the Bodrum bay.

The project cooking day was Wednesday October 9. The Turkish students prepared a rich menu but we did not realize that we were working hard as we really had a big fun over the ingredients.

We talked about our national cuisine and practised English and Turkish as well. The local TV reporter recorded the results of our work and also interviewed some of us. The project topic must have been attractive as the spot was later shown on several TV channels in the whole Turkey.

The afternoon was closed by a short lecture of Turkish dancing and thus well trained we could set off for a boat trip on Thursday October 10 which was the cherry on the top of all our stay. Together with Turkish teachers and students we spent the day by swimming, diving, fishing, talking, taking hundreds of photographs as everybody realized that this visit and stay was exceptional.

During the stay it was agreed that the next and unfortunately final meeting of the COINCO project will be in Portugal in April 7 – 11, 2014. As the project coordinator I was often asked the questions why the project is so short. For me personally this is a good mark that the playful idea of cross-cultural cooperation behind the project theme was the right one. Sometimes I had doubts if the COINCO project will amuse younger and adult students as well. After the first meeting in Podebrady there were fewer doubts and after Bodrum meeting I am certain that together we are realizing the project which participants will remember, and - as some of them say - forever.

Many thanks to Ersan and his team, our stay in Bodrum was short but has been unforgettable.

Eva Svobodová
COINCO Project Coordinator


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