Berlin, October 2022

From October 17th to 21st, the second mobility of the Erasmus+ project rEtribUte took place in Berlin, developed by IES Azorín and its partners Thomas-Mann Gymnasium in Berlin and Egri Pásztorvölgyi Altalános Iskola és Gimnázium in Eger, Hungary.

This second face-to-face meeting focused on the theme of the places in our lives. Prior to the mobility, students from the three schools conducted interviews with our elders about the emblematic places in our cities and their evolution up to the present moment. This work would be presented through videos and presentations to the rest of the participants.

During our stay in Berlin, we attended an official reception in the Reinickendorf district (https://www.berlin.de/ba-reinickendorf/). We visited our partner school and participated in an activity exploring the surrounding areas through a location-based game played by international teams.

The question of places was addressed through visits to representative spaces of Berlin’s tradition across generations, such as the Museum Island (with visits to the Altes Museum https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/es/museos/altes-museum/, the Pergamon Museum https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/es/museos/pergamonmuseum/, and the Panorama https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/es/museos/pergamonmuseum-das-panorama/).

Likewise, we had the opportunity to analyze the evolution of those spaces through interactive exhibitions that questioned us about the connection with the past and, above all, the future perspectives related to them at Futurium (https://futurium.de/) and the Humboldt Forum with its exhibition Berlin Global (https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/es/exposiciones/berlin-global).

Beyond indoor spaces, we had the chance to visit other prominent locations on the streets that played a significant role in Berlin’s history, both recent and distant, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag https://www.bundestag.de/es, the East Side Gallery and the Berlin Wall https://www.berlin.de/mauer/es/lugares/otros-lugares-importantes/east-side-gallery/, the MarktHalle in Kreuzberg https://markthalleneun.de/ueber-uns/geschichte/, or a guided tour showcasing various graffiti displays in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Dead Chicken Alley. In short, we enjoyed the people and the places during a mobility filled with positive experiences after a challenging start to the project due to pandemic-related issues. Now it’s time to share it, especially with the participants of rEtribUte who stayed at home and will travel in the next mobility to Eger in the spring, a meeting dedicated to the words of our lives.

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