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You know this thing called routine and how it stabs you in the eye from time to time? Well, that wasn’t my case this summer. I had the opportunity, as Bill Gates had his (that however is a different story), to visit this pretty big and pretty awesome and pretty country named Poland. It is never hard to find stereotypes about a country (JFGI) and it is never hard to test them. Read the rest of this entry »

The truth is that the participants made everything happen and in my opinion they are the heart of the project. So, in this article I would like to describe each one in just a short line. Read the rest of this entry »

After a few hours spent in the airport between flights wondering by duty free shops, we finally arrive. Lithuania, Vilnius, 24:00, 10 degrees. Read the rest of this entry »

I begin by stating what the organizers of the project ICU 2009 told us the first day we arrived in Lithuania. The idea of gathering 20 participants  from different corners of the world and make them understand each others culture sounded for me like a real chance to meet new people and broaden my international views. What I discovered also during this project is that immersing myself in another culture and deepening my personal understanding is not only about being involved in teambuilding games and attending presentations, as these do not represent the purpose itself, but the ways you can get to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Pack up your soul and go. 1h30 to prague. 6h big shiny Prague airport. 1h30 to Vilnius.
Blue eyes… Read the rest of this entry »

Nobody can forget the enthusiastic smile of  the 6 VIPers  leaving from Otopeni Airport, early in the morning, maybe even far to early for some of us, we were fully packed for an almost 2 weeks experience and full of questions of whether we will like or not.

Latvia, a country with the population of Bucharest, but far more welcomning than any of us could have imagined. And I said the magic word of the project „IMAGINE“. The topic was to create the perfect country, which should have elements from each participating country. But I will tell you more about this later.

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After changing 2 planes and staying in a bus for 4 hours, we arrived at the accomodation place somewhere near to border with Estonia. On the otherside of the country we could say J. The villa were we stayed we soon found out was a therapeutic place, where the main atraction was the chocolate, honey sauna. But Aurel can tell you more about that J. We called the owner of the house, the Sauna Man,  funny guy, walking almost naked through the house most of the time.

Anyway passing on, the second day we finally met everyone from the other participating countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Poland and of course Latvia. Different people with strong personalities and even more different ways of seeing things, as soon we would find out through a Revolution.

At first, we did not interact with each other outside the seminar sessions, but after a while, we got to know each other. Through the traditional nights we enjoyed different countries cuisine, in my opinions the most fascinating and different from our own culture was the Italians, who prepared us 3 types of pasta and the Spanish, who learned us how to dance Flamenco, Andreea and Aurel could show us some steps as they were the champions of the night at dancing it. HUREY for Romania!

We had election day, where we voted our future president and decided how our stated will be called: Eleftheria (freedom in Greek). And the next days we also formed our Governement and started working on budget plans J.

At this point, we had a state hit and the former Agriculture minister took over the state together with the bulgarian Mafia. Nobody was happy and soon a Revolution took place and the bulgarians were incarcerated.

During while this was happening I was „kidnapped“ J by the Chinese Mafia and everyone had to group to find  me by completing different tasks. Luckily the Spanish girls were clever and found me in the town hall were I was a prisoner and killed the bad guy.

Another of the best moments, was the Romanian traditional night, were everyone was delighted with our pancakes, wines, food and presentation. And how could I forget the Italians and Spanish singing like crazy: „Dragostea din Tei“ by Ozone, I have them on tape!

Before living, we had a day to visit Riga, the capital, one of the most amazing cities I have seen, although it was a horrible snow storm and our cameras were shacking in our hands, Aurel dragged us through the city (literaly), and after that we went eating at Chili Pita (the best eating place in Latvia) and to have a drink at the SKYLine Bar, situated on the 26th floor of the Reval Hotel. The view was INCREDIBLE!

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As souveniers we brought back their tradtional drink named Black Balsam, sugared cranberries and a sack full of pictures and of course the friends, whom we won’t even forget!

Because simple text is sometimes not enough to show you how beautiful Romania is we’ve prepared a brosure for you.

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A little over a year ago in early September, whilst we were in the middle of preparing the annual recruitment project I was offered a choice – staying in Bucharest to interview potential VIP members – the people who would, within a year take VIP to the next level – or going for a week in Poland, to a project about Project Management. Read the rest of this entry »

Even though it happened almost nine months ago (February 2008) , I still have it clear in my mind… One day I received a phone call from one of my colleagues at Volunteers for Ideas and Projects telling me that my application for participating at the youth exchange in France was accepted. I literally started to jump all around in my room, almost screaming of excitement. Read the rest of this entry »