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Relaxed and starched after a short night in the youth hostel of York and British breakfast we left York, the second city of our UK Highland trip, in the morning to get to the third place: Durham.

Having found the University of Durham again we prepared our promotion material mainly the holy three B’s: bracelets, balloons and badges. Ok we also had stickers, beer mats and printed information about the elections by the way…Preparation for street action

After some energizer-games we met Anthony Crowther from the Durham Students’ Union. Kate, the girl we already met the day before in York, joined us and we went to the canteen of the university where we could gain some more experience in traditional British lunch: Yorkshire pudding and crumble for example.
Mario, Alicia, Belen, James, Jussi
The weather still was very fine and so we had a guided tour through the campus of Durham with Anthony explaining us how the University works, what the students can do, where they can live and in which academic building the European Union has invested.

The group couldn’t always follow the information, as every minute was used for promoting the European elections. Once we passed a meadow with many students sitting on the grass and enjoying the good weather. Half of the campaigning group then spread out and ‘invaded’ the little park giving away balloons and bracelets and reminding the people to vote on June the 4th.
Y Vote 2009 UK Tour Part IV
After a little walk through a beautiful natural park with a bucolic river we came to a special place: the setting where was shot a part of the Harry Potter films.
When we had finished the tourist part of this day we went into town for some new street actions. As it was a sunny Sunday many people where in the centre and many voters could be reached. But the participants had to face some negative and frustrating turning-aways and rejections. Twice people throw our gifts back in the faces of two of us and you could see some information we gave to people on the street. So at the end of one hour nobody but Mario and Thomas had the energy and the motivation to keep on talking to people.

For the evening the parents of Kate invited us to their house to have a barbecue in their beautiful garden. We really enjoyed this time and this place within in the group by playing the murderer-game and listening to Thomas who played the viola… 🙂
The musician
Later we all went back to the bus and Miha drove us safely as always to our next accommodation: the George Hotel in Newcastle…

 

Carolin, AEGEE-Passau

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