ESN KK: acquaintance with the Lithuanian seaside marked by unique landscape

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ESN KK: acquaintance with the Lithuanian seaside marked by unique landscape

Every year in May the students who study in Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences (KK)  under Erasmus mobility programme  traditionally spend two days on an educational trip to our seaside. The trip is organized by the Erasmus Student Network of KK (ESN KK).

This year the delegation of almost 40 students from foreign countries had an opportunity to get to know the Lithuanian seaside. The participants included young people from Portugal, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, Bangladesh, Spain and even distant China.

On the first day of the trip, the students visited the National Park of Curonian Spit. They walked along the dunes, listened to the stories about the “Century Fire” that devastated more than 64 hectares of the forests of Neringa. With great effort, but with non-vanishing smile on their faces everybody conquered the Gray Dunes of Juodkrantė. The students were particularly interested in the observation terrace on Garniu Hill, which was set to monitor the cormorants’ settlements.

In V. and K. Mizgiriai Amber Gallery-Museum located in Nida, the guests learned to discern real amber from artificial. Everybody had an opportunity to hold in one’s hands a bar of amber that is heavier than 1 kilogramme and check the local time on the Solar Clock platform situated on Parnidis Dunes, which is  by far the most popular sightseeing location in the Curonian Spit.

Having examined Juodkrante settlements, students’ imagination was overpowered by Witches’ Hill, dotted with the characters of folk legends and fairy-tales. It is 42 m high parabolic dune situated in Juodkrante and covered with forests. It is famous for its folk art sculpture park, which was established in 1979. Since 1995, it is a geomorphologic natural monument. The students listened to the guide telling legends of the sculptures set there full of open admiration.

Full of excitement after a long day of active travelling, the participants spent the night in Klaipeda, and then went to the most visited Lithuanian resort, Palanga. The resort welcomed the group with warm weather, so the young people did not miss the chance to swim in the sea and even sunbathe. Having had a rest on the beach, the adventurers left for Kaunas.

Such educational trips expand foreign students’ knowledge about the Baltic Sea and its coastline as well as the landscapes of the Lithuanian seaside. It is worthwhile to remind that the Curonian Spit is a peninsula covered with sand dunes, which separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, and is an extremely unique piece of nature.

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