Cultural trips

What I admire in Adelaide?

What I admire in Adelaide?

New year, new design! With post about Adelaide I would like to start a new series of posts under the motto  “What I admire in… What I like” Last four months I have travelled extensively – being in Great Britain, China and Australia, experiencing exiting conversation with people, visiting amazing places and enjoying the commonalities and differences between cultures.  As Interculturalist I spot many aspects of culture, which seems to me extraordinary, sometimes different from my own (Polish) but what I really remember is what I admire in the culture…And this I would like to share with you. As I believe in learning by example and when sharing best practices, so I share with you my impression of WOW when travelling intercultural. Enjoy reading! And enjoy  What I admire  in Australia! Wiola Malota What I admire in Australia? Photo: Wiola Malota, made at the Adelaide’s airport When I visit a country I like to connect with it. As I like nature, art, culture and harmony I look at the country trough these lenses. Adelaide is the place where it was easy for me to connect with it, shout “ Wow” and find its soul. First WOW When being abroad I like to read local newspapers to know what is going on, what is the focus of interest of journalists (and in consequences of a society), what is the spirit of the country? To my delight I have spotted articles presented people, who are candidate for „Pride of Australia Medal 2013” (prideofaustralia.com.au). This is the project, which recognises people achievements in different categories like: Care and Compassion Medal, Child of Courage Medal, Community Spirit Medal, Courage Medal, Environment Medal, Fair Go Medal, Heroism Medal, Inspiration Medal, Outstanding Bravery Medal, Young Leader Medal. Everybody can send the nomination – as everything is done public on webpage and vote as well. When I read the profiles of the nominees I was enchanted to have opportunity to read about acts of courage, activities making big difference, involvement which changes society for better. I feel much better than reading information about murders, accidents and all crimes. The contact with profiles of such amazing people made me not only believing in good nature of people...

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News from Brussels

News from Brussels

Brussels, the 6th October 2012 How to build united Europe?  Umberto Eco has told: ‚It’s culture, not war, that cements European identity’ and has added ‘The Erasmus idea should be compulsory – not just for students, but also for taxi – drivers, plumbers and other workers’. Polish students constitute the biggest group (about 100 000) of the beneficiaries of the Erasmus project. There were rumours that next year less money for the project – due to the shortcut of European fund –will be granted, but it has turned out not to be true. Travelling and studying in another country is the best way to get acquainted with another culture, to lift biases and to develop the intercultural intelligence. Traveling is also source for inspiration – like the last regulation for Belgian citizens – imposing a fine for using swearwords. Due to my Belgian friend such regulation was explained by the authority as desire to keep the language clean and communication on proper level.  I welcome such ideas! My visit to Brussels for Day of Change organised by Centre for Creative Leadership – in European office has brought not only newest ideas on leadership development and new methods and approached to leadership training but also nice pictures from the Brussels park, where the national symbols are exhibited. I like the idea to be proud of Belgians chips with mayo, chocolate, Brussels sprouts, beer and moules. See more photos at Glimpses from my travel/ Brussels. Wiola...

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