domingo, 8 de novembro de 2015

In memoriam

You know you are doing the right thing when you hear the words “thank you”. In the past four years these two simple, yet so effective, so meaningful, so grateful, so enlightening, so empowering words have become a trending topic in any conversation involving an Erasmus student and/or an ESNer in Covilhã. You know you are changing other people’s life when you hear the words “I’ll come back”. In the past four years Covilhã has been both a starting and a destination point for bold students eager for a new challenge in their lives. The scary thing is that when someone says that, they mean it; they do return to Covilhã. And with that, mobility becomes a lifestyle. Four years ago, after a life-changing Erasmus period in Bialystok, Francisca and Tiago founded this very ESN section with the dream to give to others what they got from their hosts in Poland. Students helping students. Just that. Crystal clear. However, they went way beyond that. In ESN Covilhã the incoming students found friends and in Covilhã they found a home. So, it dawned on us that by doing such simple things you could touch so many people’s lives. It will be a long journey, but thanks to Francisca and Tiago, it will be an easy one. We would like to express sincere gratitude for such meaningful messages from everyone that knew Tiago somehow. Every Erasmus students that once were and the ones that are in Covilhã. Every ESN Portugal section that was represented yesterday in person or sent us a message. Every ESN section of other countries that made sure their sympathies arrived. Every ESN member. Every friend. His family. Francisca. In the darkest, scariest and most daunting period of our existence as ESN section we kindly ask you to have a drink with us. Please, raise your glass for a toast. A toast to Tiago.

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