From May 9 to May 11 we (a group of 14 students of 3aS) went to Bratislava together with Ms Lenzeder and Ms Morth to compete in the Cultural Olympic Games, the second discipline of the EU-funded Erasmus+ project "EUlympics".
After we'd arrived at the main train station, we were picked up by two Slovakian students who wanted to take us to our hotel. Due to many construction zones in the city of Bratislava we were stuck in a traffic jam, so we decided to hop off the bus and go directly to the meeting point, which was a restaurant. Unluckily, we had to carry our luggage with us, but the traditional Slovakian dinner made up for the inconveniences. At the restaurant we got to know the students of the other competing teams from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We were excited to meet them because we were really curious to see how differently they would behave compared to us. After dinner we were put into three different groups and every group comprised two Czech, two Slovakian and two Austrian students. The remaining students were spectators. We (Milos Janković and Karim Schwam) were happy with the people who were in our team. After getting to know each other we played some funny icebreaker games in a park and finally went to our accommodation.
On the second day, the "EUlympics" officially started and the three mixed teams as well as a team of all teachers finally competed against each other in two disciplines. The first competition was an e-quiz about famous artworks, persons and historic events. The quiz was very interesting and we are certain that every participant learned something new - thanks to our great teamwork our team won. After a break we had to prove our acting skills in role plays. Each team had to prepare a scene of a specific genre involving famous historical persons (e.g. Maria Theresia and Napoleon Bonaparte). We and obviously all others had lots of fun doing it and we hope that we can do something similar again in future. During the preparation time the Austrian spectators learned a famous Slovakian folksong and watching their performance was great fun. After lunch we went to the historic city centre of Bratislava. All groups were given hints and a map and had to find specific historical buildings, monuments or statues that represent important evidence of history. It was an interesting day for all of us and we learned a lot about personalities, historical moments and events that unite us.
On the third and final day we visited our Slovakian partner school (Stredná odborná škola chemická). After an interesting tour through the school, we had to compete in the final "FoodArt" competition, again our teachers participated. It was really special because we had to recreate famous paintings with food like lentils, pasta, Smarties etc. Our team had to copy Andy Warhol's famous artwork of Marylin Monroe and we truly believe that we did a pretty good job. After the medal ceremony - we're all winners - the organisers rounded off the Cultural Olympic Games showing pictures of our top moments. In the afternoon we headed back to Vienna.
All in all, we had a great time in Bratislava and participating in the Cultural EUlympic Games was a pleasure. We have found new friends and enjoyed ourselves a lot. We had a lot of fun getting to know different people and we hope that we will stay in touch.
Janković Milos, Schwam Karim, 3aS