• July 22, 2014
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Members of the University of the Third Age in Vilnius planted the Polish-Lithuanian tree

Members of the University of the Third Age in Vilnius (UTA) headed by the rector Ryszard Kuźmo and the band “Ale Babki” from Niemieża (Vilnius district) just returned from a trip to the past following the footsteps of kings, merchants and artists.

From 15th to 19th July participants of the University of the Third Age were introduced to “Jagiellonian Trail”, by visiting famous monuments and places coming from the years from 1386 to 1661. The first stop on the trail was the square and the monument of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski in Bialystok. Guests from Lithuania were warmly welcomed by the mayor of the Lublin city – Krzysztof Żuk, president of the T. Noniewicz’s Foundation – Jozef Adamski and President of TMWiZM in Lublin – Krystyna Romer.

The participants of the trip not only visited Theme Parks “Via Jagiellonica”, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the Dominican monastery in Lublin, but also planted a Polish-Lithuanian tree, which was the symbol of the cooperation of both countries.

The trip was full of exploring of Krakow, participants visited  places like Main Market Square, Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Basilica, Jagiellonian University and others.

On their way visitors stopped in Wieliczka Salt Mine and then they finally arrived at those friends who organized the memorable meetings and trips – Polish students at the University of the Third Age in Chrzanów headed by the president Lucyna Kozub-Jentys. Bands “Ale Babki” and “Tecza” performed at Lipowiec Castle in Babice with a song set of Vilnius songs. During this meeting, the audience not only wiped tears from their eyes, but also was willing to dance and have fun.

The trip undoubtedly strengthen the fruitful cooperation between universities and members of the Polish and Lithuanian bands.

Translated by Patrycja Pawłowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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