Two Cultures, One Story | AEGEE Summer Universities 2013
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Two Cultures, One Story
AEGEE-Warszawa | AEGEE-Riga
Type Travel Summer University (TSU)
Thematic category Other
Theme The culture of Poland and Latvia. The folklore of big metropolis and small cities.
Cities visited Warsaw, Augustow, Riga, Jurmala
Dates
From Tuesday, July 16th
To Wednesday, July 31st
Event fee 190€
Participants 30
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Optional fee 30€
Optional fee used for Baloon flight over Warsaw
Alternative programme to the optional fee Visit in the City Museum
Confirmation Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Lodging Youth Hostel, Gym/student dormitory, Guest House
Provided meals Breakfast, lunch
Contact email tsu2013aegee.waw.pl
Coordinator phone (+48) 600-925-720
University support No
Suitable for disabled participants No
Required special equipment Sleeping bag, swimming suit, party outfit, sport shoes
Languages used English, Polish, Latvian
Activities
• Polish and Latvian language lessons
• Beach activities in Jūrmala
• City rallies
• Traditional dances (Latvian, Polish, and other)
• Workshops about culture and history
• Sightseeing in Riga and Warsaw
• Roller skating
• Mezakakis (ropes adventure in trees)
• Dance flash mob
• Latvian sauna
• Pub crawl in Warsaw and Riga
Ideal participant
A person who is curious of the Polish and Latvian culture and ready to experience it with every piece of his/her body and mind for 24 hours a day. The one we look for it’s a fun-loving traveller very active during the day and ready to party & integrate through all nights.
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Event description
This year you will have a great opportunity to take part in an amazing journey through Poland and Latvia! We invite you to discover the culture and lifestyle of two lively capitals – Warsaw and Riga, enjoy the sun and sea in the popular seaside city – Jūrmala and relax in the area of Masurian Lakeland.

What is waiting for you? A possibility of experiencing genuine Baltic summer, discovering new interesting places and its history, vibrant crazy nightlife, amazing traditional dance workshops, famous Polish and Latvian food, sunbathing, sport activities, photo shooting and of course a lot of integration with other participants!

Your adventure starts in Warsaw, a modern, developing city which never sleeps. Discover the most remarkable places, and then get to know the other side of the Vistula river where tourists barely visit missing the taste of real Warsaw.
After hot urban nights, we will spend some time in Augustow enjoying the outdoor activities and beautiful surroundings of lakes and nature.

Your journey will continue with adventurous days and unforgettable nights in Riga – city of inspiration! Narrow streets of Old Town, beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, amazing panorama from the girls rest room located in Skyline bar @ the 26th floor & non- stop music in Rigas’s clubs will make you fall in love with this city! But what would be a summer without a seaside? You will have the chance to swim in Baltic Sea, to play beach volleyball and a towel ballin Jūrmala. Ending this amazing adventure with Latvian sauna.

Let your soul sing, spirit dance, heart beat and body rock with us! We promise- your body will say "thank you" and spirit will reach blinding heights!
Places visited
Warsaw
Warszawa is the capital and also the biggest city of Poland. This is a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw is a combination of modern urban development and historical architecture, it offers to visitors the atmosphere of past centuries and sense of modernity. Public transport in Warsaw is really good organized - it consists of metro line, local trains, trams, buses and two airports. There are several places worth seeing in Warszawa, especially the Old Town and the Warsaw Uprising Museum, one of the most modern museums in this part of Europe. But what is unique in Warszawa is the atmosphere of the city where past meets present and they mix together to create the future. Uniqueness of Warsaw will not leave you indifferent.
Augustow
Augustów - one of the most beautiful and interesting cities located in the region called Podlasie. The city was founded in the sixteenth century. With the river Netta flowing through it and surrounded by lakes such as Necko, Białe and Sajno it is considered to be a perfect place to spend your leisure time. The neighbourhood of numerous forests and Puszcza Augustowska creates an opportunity to take a closer look at the wilder side of Podlasie. Interesting places, mixture of cultures (Podlasie is visited by many tourists of different regions and countries annually) and marvellous sights make it a place you simply can't miss.
Riga
Riga - the capital and largest city of Latvia, it is also the largest city of the Baltic states, it is a home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city is an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial center of the Baltic Sea region. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, noted for its Art Nouveau/ Jugendstill architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. The Riga City history is more than eight hundred years long, and it has an abundance of dramatic events stored in countless volumes of works and monuments, legends, songs, memoirs and tales.
Jurmala
Jūrmala - "seaside" is the largest resort city in the Baltic States is well-known for its natural treasures – the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jurmala hides in its almost 26 km long white sand beach, large pine forests and the natural border of the city – the river Lielupe. In Jurmala You will discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. Also the history of Jurmala is deeply connected with capital city Riga. Jurmala is the city on the wave – on the wave of change and success, on the wave of love and hope. It welcomes everybody to return here again and again!