How did Cartagena and Spain affect you in general?
The place is beautiful. The university building is basically a historic fortress and in front of it lies a breathtaking port. People are more spirited than I expected, but it met my expectations in a different worldview. I would like to transfer the way they can enjoy and relish everything there to this country.
Would you highlight some of the most interesting or powerful moments of this semester?
The experience with the Spanish police is definitely unforgettable. We got permission from our property owner to go to the house for a while, where no one was, to get some fresh air a little. Before I could reach my roommates, they both lay on the ground under pressure from the police, who demanded our documents. Perhaps ignorance of Spanish and the police's lack of English helped us out of this particular situation. It was probably a denunciation, but we didn't learn more. The second such moment was when I realized that I had quite possibly suffered from coronavirus. That was before the quarantine began at a party where there were a lot of people. And a little later, when a friend read me all the possible symptoms of coronavirus, I realized that I had probably unknowingly experienced it. I wasn't feeling well for about a week, but I didn't have a cough, so it didn't occur to me right away. However, after returning to the Czech Republic, the tests did not confirm the presence of antibodies in me or my friends.
What does this great experience of 2020 mean to you?
I'm still a little sorry I haven’t experience the classic Erasmus. We wanted to travel every weekend. But what I am happy about was an incredible opportunity to work on my personal soft skills. Learn to be able to get along with people around you in every situation, find effective solutions and make quick decisions. I am most pleased with the idea for a new project for Business Gate, which I have brought from Spain. We are preparing BG Stories in the form of podcasts and we are looking forward to other interesting projects. And if anyone hesitates to go to Erasmus, let them stop thinking whether to go or not and just go. Such a chance may no longer exist in life.