Erasmus experiences 2013-14 (Part I)

As the academic year is finished and most exchange students are already going back to their homes, it is time to evaluate the time spent. From the Erasmus Team, we asked a few of the exchange students questions about their experience. Here are some of them:

 

  Name: Giulia Gattere

  Country: Italy

 

 

What is the thing that surprised you most about Tarragona?
I was surprised to find out a warm city, not for the weather only but for the people I met since the first moment. Almost nobody speaks English and most of the people prefer to speak Catalan than Spanish, however everybody is able to understand you and explain you everything you need with calm and patience.

An other beautiful things of the town is that you can find really everything!!! Sea, culture and shops! There are a lot of beautiful beaches really close and quite easy to get by bus. The city is full of Roman ruins, showing a old and fascinating history. Moreover, the centre of the town is like a mini-little Barcelona, with La Rambla full of shops and restaurants and the old part with a beautiful cathedral.

What is the thing you hated most during your erasmus?
Well, it’s difficult find out something that I hate in my Erasmus. Could be that the discos here in tarragona are little and not so special and pubs on the beach are missed. However there is Salou quite near and all the weekend buses to Barcelona, so if you want to go to have a crazy party night there are all the possibilities to do it!

Actually a thing that I hate, being a fan of beach volley, has been that since the last week of June i couldn’t play beachvolley anywhere on the beach even if we are on the sea, because the council of Tarragona decided to assemble the volley court really late.

What would you say to someone who’s coming to Tarragona for their Erasmus next year?
I surely suggest to come year knowing a little bit of Spanish yet, if it is possible, because as I told before, even if everybody is patient and available nobody speaks English. Then I suggest to stay all the year or  come in the second semester untill the end of June in order to enjoy the beautiful wheather and beautiful beaches around here!!! And I reccomend to take into consideration that is quite difficult study here (ahahaha :D) with many parties to do, beautiful beaches in which sunbathe and things to see and visit.

 

 

  Name: Rafal Jennek

  Country: Poland

 

 

What is your favourite spot in Tarragona and why?
My favourite spot in Tarragona is definitely the beach! The Miracle Beach and all the other big and small beaches around, including some lovely nudist beaches 😉
I love to swim in warm waters, lay on the beach with friends, read books and watch the waves.

Is there something you discovered about another country that some of your friends taught you?
Yes, that the Catalan and Spanish people are kind, friendly and beautiful and that Erasmus students from all countries are amazing!

What would you say to someone who’s coming to Tarragona for their Erasmus next year?
Do it! You will have an unforgettable experience, for me, it was the best year of my life. Go to the beach, make great friendships for a lifetime and learn at least some Spanish and Catalan.

 

 

Name: Andrian Ceban

Country: Republic of Moldova  (currently living and studying in Italy)

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you’re already at home, what is something you wanted to do but you finally didn’t?
Now when i’m finally home i wanted to start to study for the exams which i didn’t pass in tarragona and i have to pass it here.

What was your craziest party?
BOAT PARTY AND SALOU NIGHT (organized by AEGEE Tarragona)

What would you say to someone who’s coming to Tarragona for their Erasmus next year?
Don’t regret for nothing, in my erasmus i lived a life which i always wanted, don’t think too much about day of tomorrow just enjoy the day you’re and enjoy your erasmus with your friends from all over the world because after that year you’ll come back in your country and who know if you’ll see again your erasmus family from Argentina, Brasil, USA, New Zealand i mean the friends and part of your erasmus family who is living on another cintinents, you’ll find a family in tarragona.

 

 

  Name: Denisa Turčanová

  Country: Slovakia

 

 

 

 

Tell us about the best thing you experienced during your stay in Tarragona
Getting to know new culture, language, habits.

Is there something you discovered about another country that some of your friends taught you?
Yes, there are some stereotypes, eg. Spanish are always late, loud, etc…

What would you say to someone who’s coming to Tarragona for their Erasmus next year?
It’s gonna be a big experience, if you can learn the language little bit, it’s easier then; plus enjoy all of the beautiful places.

That’s it from now, we thank Giulia, Rafal, Andrian and Denisa for their answers, second part will be following soon! 🙂
Written by Ruben Navarro – Erasmus Team