Students sharing the EUSO2014 Athens experience

Joshua Gorman from Ireland

I've sung Let it Go with Swedish guys; Bohemian Rhapsody with French girls; and Greek folk songs in front of a couple hundred strangers. I've played ninja with people from at least a dozen countries in a single game. I've watched Dutch girls becoming friends with Portuguese girls through English. I've competed against some of the best young minds in all of Europe.

I won silver in the European Union Science Olympiad, but my ID tag means far more to me than my medal (closely followed by the steady stream of friend requests with unpronounceable surnames).

Jéssica Soares from Portugal

Hey, guys!! I miss you so much!!
People don't believe me when I say that this was the best week of my life, but they don't know what happened this week!! And, like Joshua, I'd like to say some words..

I never thought EUSO was going to be that fun! I thought it was going to be full of nerds and people who only talk about school, but I was completely wrong.

This week I spent with you I met many people, from many countries, and with these people I learnt many things. Things that I'm going to carry with me for the rest of my life!

I learnt that 'ZBRA!' is nothing but what you're feeling.
I learnt the most importants greek words!!! (e.g: ice cream, good morning, please, thank you, finally, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, testicles (wtf.. o.O), idiot, apple, my name is, and so on).
I learnt that if I lose my phone the bus will be the same to go back so I can get it again..
I learnt that walls can talk to you, and answer your 'toc toc'.
I learnt that guides and teams can adopt you!
I learnt that people from all the Europe can become friends through english, and play games, and talk about EVERYTHING.
I learnt that sleeping in a guide's shoulder can be extremally comfortable when you're tired
I learnt that coffee is needed sometimes
I learnt how to take pictures besides selfies!

To conclude, i learnt many things with you, and I'll never forget this week.

Lucille Bastien from France

Hey everybody ! I would like to write some words about this week too...

I'm so sad to be back in France, I miss you !! People who haven't lived the euso can't understand why I'm feeling so bad...

This week was wonderful and unforgettable with you ! I learnt that I must absolutely improve my english ! And okay I say it : the belgium fries are the best !

I sang with everybody until I lost my voice... I won the ancient agora orientation rallye with a really nice team, I climbed the acropolis with the croatians, the belgium, the irish, the greeks etc I played a really funny game in the bus with the greeks guys (Georgios x2 ), I took wonderful photos at Olympia with the finland team ! I swam with danish and german girls, I played the best basket ball match with the best team: french girls with lithuanian and slovenian boys I took photos with handsome boys in suit, I met a Hungarian boy wearing a magic tie, I danced on the roof with a cute lithuanian silver medalist...

It was the best week of my life, thank you everybody ! And Zbra !

Andrea E. Monti from Italy

Dear friends, In these last days I've read your posts and reflected for a long time about this beautiful, fantastic and amazing experience.

Well.... Before, I thought it would be just a competition, with some sightseeing and nothing else. But I was completely wrong. It was much more that that. It was an opportunity to communicate, know new people like you, with your same interests, who can understand you; make friends and have a great time with.

I think meeting new people is the best way to define your personality and choose how you want to look like. I think it really helps to make yourself who you really want to be.

And even among people from all over Europe, i could feel as at home. Because even if we are different, and speak different languages, we share the same interests.

But I realized all those beautiful things only when I got back home. Then I really understood what kind of great experience it was. And I felt my everyday life and routine was incredibly monotonous and boring and nearly senseless, as compared with last week.

But this kind of experiences, unfortunately, don't last forever, and you have to go back to "real" life.

So my suggestion is to make the most of every opportunity in your life, and always keep going towards your targets. Because I know you can reach anything you want, I know you're special, and remember, even if we are far from each other TOGETHER WE ARE ONE!!!

Thanks for the great experience!!! And also thanks to our guides who supported us and made this adventure get real.

I miss you all, and I will never forget you!

Fico Bacinger from Croatia

So, it's finally time for me to write something. I know it's been half a week already, but, you know, catching up with school, excuses, hard to write here , excuses...

Similar to Jéssica, I thought that this will be a competition full of nerds (no offense to anyone), but it turned out to be just the opposite.

I had so much fun with all of you guys, it's hard to put it all in this little post, and I just wanted to say "Thank you!", but I just couldn't seem to do it until now. So, a sincere "Thank you!" from me:)

Tobias Wallström from Sweden

I know it's been over a week since we got back home, but I haven't really found the words to describe this. I still haven't, so I'm sorry if this isn't structured very well or makes any sense at all.

This was an experience that can't be described with words, this is something you just have to experience yourself to understand how amazing it is. You could just be yourself, talk about what you like doing, and people would always be interested. You could fit in perfectly with anyone, at any time.

I got to know so many new people. They came all the way from Finland in the north to Italy in the south, from Cyprus in the east to Ireland in the west. The sad thing is that I only got to know you half as much as I would like, and that I didn't get to know everyone here either.

It feels like nothing is happening here in Sweden, because of the fact that we did so much during the trip, and if we didn't have anything scheduled, we were either asleep or talking with each other. I've gotten addicted to doing stuff, and the monotony in everyday life is boring me to death. It doesn't even take half an hour for me to get bored anymore.

I wish that we all could go back there, if only for a day.

This was an experience I'll never forget. Thank you, everyone.

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