Updated on October 18, 2016
“A Sea to Explore” in Ieranto
After four days of “A sea to explore” in Massa Lubrense and of learning several important facts about marine animals, yesterday was the day to see in first hand and in a natural environment all we’ve talked about before. Thus, 18 children, went to Ieranto together with the staff of Project MARE, many parents and also a brave 70 year-old grandma!
We met up in Nerano and the first thing we saw was the special place of Franco:, he kindly showed us his particular work in the collection and conversion of waste into art. This visit reminded us that plastic has always a better end than the sea and that we need to change our bad habits using it.
All together we walked the beautiful and tiring path that lead us to a particular paradise: Ieranto, where nature is all that matters and sea provides us with a place to enjoy a day full of sports, laughing, salt, sun, sea life and lots of fun!!
The first thing we all wanted after walking under the sun was going for a swim!, We all went into the water, even though the kayaks were ready to discover the different places of the bay. After the refreshing dip in the sea the older kids made a long path by kayak with Mimi and Radek, while the younger ones went snorkeling with Gabriel and me (Nuria). After almost two hours we switched the activities: the ones that had been discovering underwater life went kayaking and the ones that had rowed almost as far as Punta Campanella went into the water ready to discover the beautiful world that lives underwater.
Emotions were visible in the faces throughout the day. It is wonderful to see how each and every marine animal creates a smile and every paddle the desire of yet another one. We looked for marine organisms that we had reviewed during the last weeks and we were lucky to find many! We went inside caves with breathtaking blue waters. We played, we laughed so much that we swallowed some seawater and we even escaped from jellyfish!! In the end of the day we talked about the Marine Park and we understood a little better which are its different areas.
It is brilliant to see how together we can spend a fun day while learning. And it is great that also the brave parents joined us with their mask and fins to discover marine diversity and run one kayak attached to another filled with many children!
Can’t wait to meet again. Next week in Crapolla to continue the joy!!