AIWM Visits Zagreb
In September we visited Zagreb at the invitation of International Women’s Club Zagreb .
The five members who made the exchange were warmly welcomed and had a great deal of fun. The 3 1/2 day programme was well-organised and conceived to show off the best and most unique aspects of Zagreb and its environs.
We hiked in the Plitvice National Forest, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoying its beautiful azure lakes and waterfalls. We had a city tour of Zagreb, travelled to Samobor, where we tasted local wine, a digestif and mustard. A highlight of the day was watching the creation of handcrafted crystal at one of the last small workshops left in the region around Samobor. We ended the day in Samobor with an excellent late lunch.
We attended the monthly general meeting, where we were entertained by a programme of traditional folk singers and a music school’s guitar group, playing classical, traditional folk and world music – excellent.
Berlin International Women’s Club visit to Malta
We hosted a group of 16 ladies from BIWC in October, and a good many of our members attended events with our guests.
It was a very enjoyable few days with a varied and busy schedule, including a welcome dinner at Zest, Two Boats Harbour Tour, a guided walking tour of Valletta and St John’s Co-Cathedral, a Jazz Night @Beer Cave, Casa Barnard tour, a supplies drive at our monthly meeting in Zebbug, a Malta countryside tour and a splendid farewell dinner at an AIWM member’s house.
We had such great feedback from our Berlin friends:
‘You managed to create a wonderful itinerary to show and share with us, so many aspects of beautiful Malta. The challenge is always to balance the highlights of any place with hidden gems only a local might have knowledge of – and we all agreed we achieved that!’
‘Congratulations to you both on the planning and marvellous time together. Thanks to all those ladies who made our stay so perfect – for their time and generosity.
As international Co-ordinators, the most important aspect of our role is to foster good relations with other Open Door Club Members, to have an intercultural exchange and to learn about each other’s club activities and management. I think we can safely sat that this has been achieved between our two clubs!