From the 17th to the 20th of May, a meeting of the Climántica Network Centres (education centres which teach Climántica [Climate and Environment] during the 1st and 2nd years of ESO [KS 3 UK equivalent]) was held in Aveiro and Lisbon. This year, seven Galician high schools attended (IES Virxe do Mar and IES Campo de San Alberto (Noia); IES Poeta Añón (Outes); CPI dos Dices (Rois); IES Praia Barraña (Boiro); IES Arcebispo Xelmírez I (Santiago); IES Ribeira do Louro (Porriño) and the Giner de los Ríos Spanish Institute (Lisbon).

The primary objective of this meeting was for each centre to present their Environmental Project to the other centres, and for the students to live together in harmony and friendship during the four days of the trip.

As representatives of our school, three students from 1º ESO C attended: Rocío Fernández Álvarez, Pablo Lago Ramírez e Alejandro Pereiro López, who were accompanied by their teacher Ana Mª Fernández, substituting for their Climántica teacher, Marta Freijedo, who was unable to attend on this occasion. The project we presented to the ClimánticaNetwork was a video we shot in the Gándaras de Budiño Special Protection Zone of Natural Values, part of the Natura2000 network.

The trip was so intense and interesting that we certainly didn’t have time to get bored. The itinerary was as follows:

On the first day we visited Porto and toured the Torre dos Clérigos and the cathedral. Later on, we had lunch in the beach of Praia da Barra and visited the Costa Nova dunal system and the rest of the area. In the afternoon we travelled on to Aveiro and visited the Fábrica Centro de Ciência Viva [Living Sciences Museum]. Here we did some experiments in group projects and later attended a concert by the Has de Cantar choir from IES Virxe do Mar school in Noia in the foyer of the museum. They played a number of songs to celebrate Día das Letras Galegas [Galcian Lierature Day]. We then got to go on a boat trip along the Aveiro River aboard traditional moliceiros [the name of traditional gondola style boats used in Aveiro]. In the evening, to round off a busy day, we checked into the Aveiro Youth Hostel.

On the second day we went to the Giner de los Ríos Spanish Institute in Lisbon where some students from the Galician schools carried out a series of experiments that showed the effects of climate change in an easy to understand way. We then had lunch in the Campo dos Mártires da Pátria park and later on we went to the Galician Centre to present our final projects to all the centres in the network. In the afternoon we visited the centre of Lisbon for the first time and we spent the night in the Oeiras Youth Hostel.

On the third day we returned to the centre of Lisbon and wandered around the streets and bought gifts and souvenirs. We then had lunch close to the planetarium and in the afternoon we watched a parade of Iberian masks [as part of the Festival Internacional da Máscara Ibérica].

On the fourth and final day we went to the beach at Oeiras until midday then went back to the hostel to collect our things and then travelled on to Óbios, a wall town where we explored, ate and bought more gifts and souvenirs. Eventually we started the journey home and our adventure was over.