Day 1

How to build a stoneman

 

The new day, the new emotions! And how energetic and emotional the morning was.

 

First thing after the breakfast we gathered all together at the square and started with a musical energizer, to warm up and briefly get to know each other a little bit better. Or at least learn our names properly. Jokes aside, everyone had a story or thought to share.

 

After that we searched for our “Apple Couple” – which is the cutest way of mixing people together in small teams of two to later on perform additional activities and brainstorming. More of that later.

 

Later, gathered the supplies, we went on to a new learning adventure. Least to say that the view we saw was more and more breathtaking the higher we got. Contrary to the temperature.

 

The first stop we had was near the artificial lake that serves as a water deposit to hydrate the area during dry periods. Then and there we learned why are the Alps here? As if the view of massive formations wasn’t enough to make us feel tiny, right? We learned that all the land around us was created by three major factors: heat from the inside of the earth, cycle and movement, that influence tectonic plates.

 

 

After that we moved out closer to the glacier, where we first started to check different rocks for their attributes: most importantly the density, which helps to learn the age of the rock. We also learned how to easily distinguish the limestone from marble. Moreover, we had a chance to build a “Steinmandl”. From the separate stones, small, irrelevant and almost meaningless, we built a Stone Man – a symbol of cohesion and cooperation. It showed us that united people can bring something significant to life.

 

Shortly after we started to slowly get back. While at it we managed to find and identify glacier sea deposit. It was either the chemical reaction inside the earth or the beautiful horses nearby – but it smelled like nature.

At the last stop on our way back we learned how to measure tree age without actually cutting it down. Simply use a gigantic corkscrew and you have a small stick that tells you the history of this majestic plant – usually hundreds of years old. Also – smells wonderful.

 

After we got to our place we had a chance to listen to the history of Obergurl. This place really has a heart and a soul. It is worth noticing that the modern history of the place started not that long ago – only 3-4 generations! Not mentioning beautiful, unique flora and fauna all around the area.

 

Finally we got ourselves delicious dinner and shortly after we ended the day with evaluation and writing down the most important things each of us learned in our Apple Couples. After that the Croatian cultural evening, when we had just the right amount of information and laughter!

The "Diary-Team"

Pawel Budzisz (Poland)