Second day in Guimaraes

Hello everyone! It’s me again! I am so happy here to talk about our journey today. As I said yesterday, we went to the university of MUnio where in Guimaraes. I felt like it took a lot faster than last time. When we got off from the bus, we were taken to a building inside. (Which I had no idea where it was.) and a nice guy who is called Eduardo Fernandes came out say hello to us. After all the introductions, we know that the building we visit today is art architecture. As we walked in, I saw so many interesting things that the students have been working on. 

Here are some photos.

water bottles

As you can see, we went to some place like a gallery. There were so many paintings and self-portraits sitting on the ground. I feel like they are so talented. But what really caught my attention were the plastic bottles on the floor. I was so confused why they were there, until he told us the reason. These students want to figure out how many plastic bottles we are going to use in one week. Therefore, they decided to put them on the floor. Personally, this is a perfect idea for reducing the use of plastic. Plus, this saving awareness should be advertised.

This is a picture of their library. It’s very beautiful and pleasant. I will say it’s an amazing place to study. The cylindrical thing you see is the stair to second floor. I bet that the students here are very happy to study with this kind of environment. 

Guimarães Castle
Perfect lunch in the University

After this lunch, we did a lovely walking tour with Pro. Geroges around this city. (As I have mentioned yesterday.) I have to say that I will never regret participating in this particular trip. Because not only we have seen so many ancient architectures, but also he explained all the histories very detailed. For example, we can see there is some letters on the ancient wall. It’s saying that “Portugal was born in here.” I think that this a very memorable and valuable wall. Furthermore, it is also the only wall left in the lower town of Guimaraes. 

Group picture

At the end, I want to say thanks to Pro. Geroges and the University do Minho.

Muito obrigado! ?

First Day in Guimaraes

Ola Pessoal! (Hello Everyone!) I am very excited, because we started a new journey today. We went to Guimaraes Campus of University of UMinho and it took us about 40 minutes from Braga. When we were trying to take the bus in the morning, everyone was kind of nervous that we could miss the school bus. Since this is our first time taking this special “bus”. And it runs once per hour. Luckily, we got on the bus on time and we made it to the campus!

Here! You can see how beautiful the city center is. It is a really historical downtown with a small population. Unfortunately, we are not here today to visit this city. We are here today to appreciate the works of the art design students. They have showed us so many incredibly art work by video. I did not expect that it could go that well. Moreover, they also expire me in some field and all those art works reflect their creativity. I have to say that they they really taught me the imagination of human is infinite.

Here are the works of those amazing students

European Tactile Map

Personally, Hexplay is one of my favorite designs today. I mean they are all very innovative and imaginative. But I like the idea of we need to play the game with eye mask. Because they have different textures, so we need to distinguish them by tactile. In other way, it increases the interest greatly. The reason why all these games are related to tactile or sound is because this art design is actually cooperated with blinds. Therefore, all these works are designed for him. It might be difficult to get the trick at the beginning, but once you get the rule of how to play it, you will get into it!

Beside the art works, we also went to browsed their studios and labs. They were very neat and clean, and the equipments look very professional. All students are very committed of what they are doing.

Last but not least, we got our free afternoon today! Before we went back to Braga, we had a cup of nice coffee. And it is always strongly recommended to have a coffee outside if you are in Europe. Because they really have the best coffee here. Plus, they are very very cheap! (about 1.5 euros.)

We will come here and explore this city more tomorrow. So I will see what I can find next day. I am already looking forward to It.