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Aveiro, Portugal

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Me in March 2016 :)

I always wanted to visit Portugal. Had two Erasmus Plus projects  there in 2015, but couldn't take part at none of them since I was in the middle of my first feature film shootings.  Finally, the opportunity aroused in March last year (2016) due to an APV meeting in Aveiro.

Some green area in Aveiro :P
                                                              Portuguese pavement


Spent there only couple of days and so, couldn't see too much, but enough to fall in love with the place and want to come back again.


Aveiro is famous for its dynamic and innovative university (University of Aveiro) which situates top 401 the best universities in the World in 2016-2017.  As the education is developed at a high level, the life quality is good too and the rate of unemployment very low (about 5% ). In terms of economy, the city is known for the salt commerce, tourism, recycling and sustainability (they…

Palermo - The Yellow City

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The theatre in Palermo
In the city of Palermo
Yellow light in Palermo

The 'Yellow City' by Fabrizio Felmi Cacciatore



Shall I start saying that I love this city? Yeah, it is a good start for my blog, I think :P

I am visiting the 'yellow city' for the first time, due to an APV Erasmus Plus meeting. Two days of work and visit suited my mind well as I am now dead tired and still full of joy :)



Maghweb NGO  APV Erasmus Plus meeting (most of the following pictures are from my APV colleagues: Diana Gonsalves, Fabrizio Felmi and a beautiful lady from the middle of this picture) 


The Cathedral of Palermo
Fountains backwards

What fascinated me the most was the impressive architecture with Phoenician, Byzantine, Norman and Arabic influences. Palermo has Roman fountains (which I found so peaceful and relaxing), museums, theatres, an impressive cathedral, the Four Canti walls, the gates of the city (one is Porta Felicia - The Gate of Happiness); there is a free masonic castle there on…

Izmir, Turkey

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As I told you, I have an unexplicable attraction for Turkey and I visit it as often as I have the chance to. Between 6th-12th  of January I was in Izmir, due to an Erasmus Plus training course about volunteerism.

What to say - it was a nice experience: I have met interesting people there with whom I want to keep in touch; I drank salep for the first time (a drink from orchid turbes flour), I saw the paper marbling procedure live, tried Turkish coffe with Turkish delight, visited Agora, and participated to the course :P.

Drinking salep
Tasting some Turkish coffee
 Jetmir (a great architect-to-be), me (the film-maker) and Tarik (a very clever mathematician) - the best team, hehe

Clock Tower in Izmir
                                    Hi from the top!

Me, Gülşen (she is a clever engineer-to-be and she will be soon in the UK, yeyyy) and Tarik :P
            Victoria and Tarik playing cool in the Izmir Market :P

Paper marbling / Ibru painiting

....and this was the project, but let's g…

Pamplona - the place of the best pinchos

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Me at Univeristy of Navarra
I had the opportunity to visit Pamplona during a conference organised by Discourse Analyses,  in March, 2016. Was for the first time in Spain,  and took any chance to see and experience as much as I could.

                                      Pompey

The name of Pamplona comes from the Roman General Pompey, which camped in Navarra in the winter of 75-74 BC, when fought against Sertorius (the latter has a fascinated life and he was compared with 'Hannibal' for his courage; he was assassinated though, by means of tracery exactly when he was about to establish an independent Roman republic in Hispania  - the modern Spain).

Sertorius
As I read about it, this land was the centre of numerous military campaigns between V to VIII century,  and even before and after: the  Roman sovereignty, the Germanic invasion, the Visigoth domination, the Franks raid, the Umayyad invasion, the Basques, the Berbers, the Vikings, the Andalusians - all of them left influenc…