Our stay in Burgos was nice indeed, but it was time to move again, this time to Zaragoza, where we would spend two nights. Our first day would bring some well-deserved free time, after the morning activities in Burgos, and this lifted our spirits visibly. Until now, our trip had been every bit adventurous as it had been busy, and after almost two weeks on the road, the accumulated tiredness began to take its toll on us. The late evening found us dining in a place nearby, after an incident which turned out for the better: three of us were [...]
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As soon as I heard about the Y Vote 2014 bus tour “Y Vote on the Road!” in the United Kingdom, I knew I wanted to go there. I was at the Y Vote convention about Mobility & Education in Krakow at that moment, which I really liked, so I applied. I also had never been in the UK before and was eager to discover the country and get to know its people. As soon as all participants arrived to London and we all found our way to the hostel, Luis Alvarado Martinez (president of AEGEE-Europe) and Beata Matuszka (Commité [...]
After our activities in the Basque Country, it was time to go to Burgos. Our stay there would be different from all others from one point of view: we would be lodged together with another 25 Spanish participants from all over the country, gathered to celebrate the 5th anniversary of AEGEE Burgos. It was a very good opportunity to meet our Spanish members and discuss the European elections with them. This fact was particularly important given that throughout our journey, the attendance of local AEGEE members to our activities was (disappointingly) low, despite the Spanish organisers' effort of involving them [...]
Our next journey to Bilbao was long but we needed a rest, so those hours of sleep were received as a blessing. When we arrived to Bilbao we were very much surprised with the beauty and spaciousness of the city, nobody expected to find so much charm in a place other than Barcelona! We arrived to our hotel and then went straight to the Deusto University to have lunch and enjoy a siesta on the grass as authentic Spanish lizards would. After that however, it was time for a debate with representatives of different political parties as PP and PSOE [...]
After our Asturian adventure, it was time we moved upper north, to Santander. We woke up early in the morning, had a quick breakfast and rushed with our luggage outside the hotel, where our ever-punctual driver was already waiting. One of the challenges we faced during the whole trip was the fast pace in which everything was happening and the necessity to always be ready for two things: dynamic activities (street actions, debates) or moving on to the next city. When the bus began moving, the clock indicated 7.30 in the morning: just in time for our 3-hour trip which [...]
We left for Oviedo right after the lunch, and after a 3-hour trip, we finally reached our destination. There wasn't much to be done for the day, except for a brief street action before dinner. "Armed" with our posters and promotional material, we headed for the city centre with a lot of determination, when suddenly it started to rain. Faced with this unwanted challenge, we decided to change our venue for an indoor one and headed towards a shopping centre nearby. There, however, we would find out just how difficult things can become when trying to challenge people's perceptions on [...]
After leaving León, we continued our journey and arrived on a Sunday afternoon to A Coruña, our fourth destination. It took us more than 3 hours to reach Galícia, but it was worth the trip: it welcomed us with its incredibly green nature, it sky-blue ocean and sunny weather. Our tight schedule didn't allow for more than a brief walk along the coast on our way to our next activity, but we certainly enjoyed it and used it as an effective energiser after the tiring bus trip. Once arrived to the University of A Coruña, we engaged in a debate [...]
The fifth morning of our trip found us in León, where we were immediately welcomed by the mayor of León and his counsellors representing the Peoples' Party. It was a good opportunity to find out more about the political and economic situation in the region, especially during the debate that followed, hosted by the counsellors, all aged under 35. We discussed on topics related to economy, youth policies at local and regional level and gender equality strategies in León, which brought us a step closer to understanding the situation of the region. The reception we were given was very warm, [...]
We arrived to Valladolid on the third day in the afternoon, and went straight to Plaza Cantarranes where the members of AEGEE Valladolid had organised a street action followed by an open-air debate, with candidates to the European Parliament. The entire organisation of the debate was strategic: firstly, because of the place chosen, as Plaza Cantarranes was the host of many social movements which marked important changes in Valladolid; and secondly, because of the symbolic dimension of an open-air debate: that of politics coming back to the street, where many people believe it belongs, primarily. The topics chosen fell into [...]
Madrid was chosen as the start of our adventure and the concept of the bus tour involved 2 days of trainings, workshops and brainstorming sessions designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary for the duration of the event. The first of the three days was quite a full one. We started with a training on the EU basics where we discussed about the EU institutions, policies and decision-making process, placing -of course- a stress on the European Parliament: its role, its evolution and challenges. With these insights in mind, we later started a debate with young European [...]