Mobility from Turkey To Belgium Word Document
Comenius project FIX
Technical grade from Atheneum Merelbeke enthusiastically started a Comenius
project ‘FIX’ together with Afyonkarahisar Süleyman Demirel Fen Lisesi from
Afyon (Central-Turkey) in September 2010.
us in May 2011 and we will go to Turkey next school year.
The Turkish visit to Belgium:
Saturday 30th April
The project started on Saturday the 30th April. The Turkish students came in the
afternoon around 1.30 o’clock. They were a little late; normally they should
have been there around 30 past 12. Before they came to our school, all parents
and students from Belgium were waiting for the Turkish students with a little
drink and snack. Fortunately, the weather was fine and we could sit outside.
When the students arrived, we all stood in front of them with open arms, so they
knew they were welcome.
Afterwards the Belgium teachers told us which student we had to take home. They said we could
take a seat and we started to eat “Gentse waterzooi “(a sort of chicken soup
with potatoes and vegetables). Normally, they were going to play a movie called
“Turquaze” after lunch but because the foreign students were late and very tired
after their journey of 2 days, they said we could go home. Everybody was excited
to see how they would react to their new homes. So they had a whole afternoon to
learn a little bit more about the family they were living with.
Lieselotte Van Canegem
Sunday 1st May
Sunday mmorning we had to be
at 10.30 in front of Saint Jacobs’s church for a guided tour in small
groups by the Belgian students in Ghent.
Our first stop was at the Friday’s market; there we bought some drinks and a little snack. Then
we walked to the Count’s Castle which we visited.
The Turkish students were very impressed about the castle, especially the old
walls from the castle and even the small shooting holes. They also admired the
After we had visited the castle we continued our guided tour in Ghent and had
our lunch at the waterfront at Kraanlei. In the afternoon we spent some time at
the cathedral and did a boat trip on the canals. The boat trip itself was
somewhat boring (a lot of information!) but we had fun in the boat.
At five in the afternoon we went home together with our Turkish students.
We had a nice and sunny day in Ghent.
Monday 2nd May
Mrs Cornelis gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Belgian educational system.
After that the Belgian students gave a guided tour in the school, we went to different classes
like French, construction where we got a great “speech” by a teacher who
explained what they did and showed us some things that the students made.
them to the bike racks, the chemistry, electricity and physics class and so much
afternoon we had a workshop about World War 1 and the Belgian and Turkish
involvement. That was a lot of information (all in English) and we were very
Astrid Van Praet
Tuesday 3rd May
We did a walking quest through Merelbeke. I walked with Melissa and a couple of Turkish people,
it was really fun. We went to the bakery Aernoudt and then all the way back to
City Hall where we had an official speech from Mr Poriau. Afterwards we went to
the library and the police office and got a drink in the City Hall.
Then we went back to school and ate our lunch. We had to bring our own food and the Turkish
students got a warm meal. (Unfair)
After lunch we had 2 periods of English class.
And then it was time to get on the bus and go to the STAM museum in Ghent.
That was nice: we went to a room where you could see a street map of Ghent on the floor, I
couldn’t find my house but Melissa did. We also made our own movie that was fun.
Then we went back home.
Liselotte De Spiegeleire
Wednesday 4th May
Wednesday morning we had to be at school at nine o’clock for a trip to Sint – Denijs, where we
visited Carrefour (a supermarket). We were divided in small groups and each
group needed to buy ingredients to make a typical Belgian dinner, beef stew with
Those Turkish students and their teachers had never seen a supermarket like this, so they were
When we entered the market we were free to buy the ingredients, in my case it
were apples, lemon and some sugar to make apple compote.
When we arrived back at school we had our bread lunch first and then we
The Turkish students in my group were not used to peel some apples, so I
needed to check the apples twice before I cut them in pieces to make the apple
At the end we had a nice dinner and we all enjoyed the meal (but the clearing
and the dishwashing didn’t go very smooth).
Menu typical Belgian dinner*
Shreds of salmon on a bed of Belgian endive
Small pin of cherry tomatoes alternated with mozzarella
Asparagus ‘à la flamande’, with hard boiled egg, parsley and butter
Hand made crispy French fries, freshly made apple compote and beef
stew with non-alcoholic beer
Waffles with whipped cream or soft sugar
Starter : Asparagus à la Flamande
Ingredients (4 persons)
- 800 gram white asparagus
- pepper and salt
- 80 gram of butter
- dash of cream
- 4 eggs
- Peel the asparagus and boil them in extensive salted water until they are done
- To make the garnish do the following:
- Hard boil, peel and cut the eggs
- Mix the eggs with the chopped parsley and nutmeg
- Melt in the mea time the butter and combine this with the eggs and nutmeg
- Add a dash of cream
- Place the asparagus on a plate and add the sauce on top
- As a variation the following ingredients can be added: ham, salmon, shrimps
Main Course: French Fries and Flemish beef stew
Ingredients: (4 persons)
- 1 kg of beef for stew
- 2 onions
- pepper and salt
- 2 bottles of dark bier (LeffeBrune)
- 2 dl of meat stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 soup spoon brown sugar
- 1 slice of white bread
- Stew the chopped onions nice brown in the butter and keep them on the side
- Place the meat quickly in the flour and season it with pepper and salt
- Than bake the meat in the butter
- Add the stewed onions and cover the meat and onions with the beer and stock
- Add the pepper, salt, bay leaves and brown sugar
- Smear the mustard on the slice of bread and place upside down in the stew
- Let the stew boil for a couple of hours until the meat is done and the sauce is thick
- Serve the Flemish Beef Stew with Belgian fries
Good to know: this traditional Flemish recipe is perfect for the slow cooker. After hours over low heat, the meat becomes remarkably tender, the onions are sweetly caramelized, and the ale simmers down to a rich sauce. If you prefer a thicker stew, remove the lid for the last two hours of cooking.
Dessert: Belgian Waffles
- 500 gram flour
- 200 gram melted butter
- 25 gram fresh yeast
- 4 eggs
- 5 dl water
- 5 dl milk
- 5 gram salt
- Mix the flour and the salt
- Add the 2 eggs
- Mix the yeast in lukewarm water and milk
- Mix it all and make dough
- Beat the other 2 eggs airy
- Mix the melted butter and the other 2 eggs with the dough
- Let the dough rest for 15 minutes in a warm area
- Mix it and let it rest for another 30 minutes
- Let the waffle machine become very hot
- Place oil on the waffle machine
- Pour the dough in the waffle machine, close and turn
- Let the waffles back for around 2 minutes until they are gold brown
- Do not open the waffle machine ahead of time
Good to know: The Belgian waffle is a type of waffle identified by its larger size, lighter batter and higher grid pattern which forms deep pockets and has larger squares. In Belgium, there are a number of different types of waffle, including the Brussels waffle, the Liège waffle and the stroopwafel; what is most known as the "Belgian waffle" is similar to the Brussels waffle.
* All these dishes are freshly made by the students
Maarten De Beir
Thursday 5th May
We left at school at 9 am, when we arrived we were divided in different
groups to make a tour in Bruges. Eventually all groups were walking
together and we have seen a lot of places.
We took a break when we wanted and we had a lot of fun together.
We played at a playground that was meant for kids and had a rest
in the grass
in a park. When we came back at the
gathering place we went to a café to
drink something. And the teachers
were just in time because they had
some trouble with their lunch which
service was very slow. But we were still some people short. After they had
arrived we went to the bus stop. We had to hurry because we were a little late.
We went to school by bus. And then we all went home (or to the host families).
Friday 6th May
That Friday we had to be at school very earlybecause we went to the DeportationMuseum in
Mechelen. When we took off to Mechelen we had a lot of traffic at the motorway.
When we arrived at the DeportationMuseum we split up into two groups because we
were about 40 students. One group with all the Belgians and one group Turkish.
Then we had a very interestingguided tour, thanks to the guide.
When finished we went to the Lyceum Antwerp. It was a very big school were we had to do some
games. Again we were divided in small groups, and we all had a country to defend
and to improve its standard of living. We got 5 questions/tasks, and if we
succeeded we established a perfectly good country without any problems at all.
Each group had a 2 student supervisors from that school. They had to decide if
we passed or not. That day was very informative. The ten days with the Turkish
people were very, very nice.
Saturday 7th May
Saturday was a day without activities organized by the school or Comenius.
We could fill in the day with what our guest and we desire.
Abdullah and I woke up quite late.
After we enjoyed our breakfast we met with two of my friends, who Abdullah
already had met and knew. Together we went to Ghent by bus.
As we arrived at Ghent-South we saw a promotional vehicle from “Monster energy”
and they offered the three of us a free drink. My Turkish friend liked it almost
as much as we did.
We continued our walk into Ghent. In search of souvenirs we bought ourselves
some real Belgian waffles and had a little break.
During the whole walk, my girlfriend guided Abdullah trough most of the shops.
Gothic shop in Ghent we had fun trying on different clothes (mostly Abdullah).
This gave us some nice pictures.
We went home after that.
Abdullah and my family, we all went out eating at “Colmar” that evening.
It was good food.
After we came home again Abdullah and I had an interesting and long conversation
about all things in life.
And so, one of the 10 fantastic days ended.
We had to be at school at 9 o’clock, which was great because I could sleep a little longer.
We stepped on the bus and left Merelbeke, on the way to Komen we laughed a lot and talked with
the Turkish students.
When we arrived at IceMountain we were all very exciting, because only a few
students had skied or snowboarded before.
We all changed clothes and took our ski material and went skiing.
The Turkish students did very well, and I gave Liselotte some private lessons. She also did great.
Here comes the funny part: Liselotte fell on the ski lift, I looked behind me
and I fell too.
When the hour was over we ate Belgium (French) fries with chicken nuggets: it
After lunch we went paintballing, I really loved it but some people got hit
very hard and are having big bruises now.
We played three different games: in the first game we had to grab the flag of
the “enemies”, in the second game we played on a different field and had to
protect our leader and help him go to the other side. The final game was the
“death game”; here we could shoot all of our ammunition and then it was over, I
had so much fun!
After paintballing we got back on the bus and drove back to Merelbeke,
everyone was very tired and Deniz fell asleep.
We got back to Merelbeke and that was also the end of a wonderful day.
Ps: I miss the Turkish students!!!
Monday 9th May
We went to Brussels but on the way we got stuck in a traffic jam. That's
pretty normal if you go to our capital. We started our tour at the King’s palace
and were divided into small groups. Everybody was thinking the same: stick
together and make it once and then copy it. Then we walked through the park
straight into the Wetstraat. But we found out we were walking around in circles.
After some minutes we found our way back. We took a free moment at Nieuwstraat
with lots of shops. After everybody got some cool stuff from the shops we
continued our journey. At noon we were free and had our lunch at the Grote
Afterwards we visited ‘Planète Chocolat’. He explained how and what chocolate
is made of. We got something to drink and chocolate to taste during the
explanation. At the end he showed us a video.
We left the shop and started walking to the bus. When we got on the bus
everybody was tired of all the walking. After half an hour we stopped at Etap
Now was the time to say goodbye to our Turkish friends. It was hard. . .
On our way back to Merelbeke everybody in the bus was very calm.
We arrived at school and we all went home.