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Malta – Trefoil Guild in the sunshine!

23 Sep 16

After many months of planning, 13 members of the Trefoil Guild and myself are off on the search for some late summer sun – yes, we’re off to Malta! Our merry group is comprised of members from all over the UK, from LASER to Scotland and we are even joined by 2 members who will have come all the way from South Africa. We are truly an international group!

Our home for the week is the bustiling town of Bugibba, which has a lot to offer us in the way of entertainment. Not that we will be there very long, as there is a packed itinerary of excursions and visits planned for us. We will visit the capital, Valetta, and will have the opportunity to learn about the long and varied history of Malta. The next day will be spent on the neighbouring island of Gozo, where we will visit the main city, Victoria, as well as the Azure Window and the ancient Ggantija Temples. Of course, this is a Trefoil Guild trip, so much time will be spent eating and drinking in the sunshine, including local delicacies such as ‘pastizzi’ (a Maltese pastry, filled with ricotta or peas), ‘Hobz tal-Malti’ (the Maltese loaf – fresh from the bakery!) and ‘Hobz biz-zejt’ (bread dipped in olive oil and tomatoes). dreamstime_xxl_19432089

To add to the truly international feeling, we are fortunate enough to be meeting up with the local branch of Trefoil Guild in Foreign Countries (TGIFC), for an evening of friendship. Personally, as a new Trefoil Guild member myself, my highlight will be time to chat in the sunshine, in the way that only Trefoil Guild members can.

I will be keeping you all up to date with all of our adventures on the blog, as well as on the social media pages, so please do comment and like – we’d love to hear from you! If the trip to Malta has inspired you to look for your own taste of Trefoil Guild in the sunshine, why not consider the Venture Abroad tour to Sorrento and Sicily? Spaces are still available and you can find further information here: http://ventureabroad.co.uk/trefoil_sorrento_sicily.php

In the meantime, Narak iktar tard!

Season’s end for Buitenzorg!

2 Sep 16

bye buitenzorg

Gonna miss being able to call this place my office!

Hello all, for the last time – at least this year! I know, I know – it’s been a couple of weeks since I left the Netherlands, and various busy projects have kept me from writing one last farewell blog post. But here we are! The season at Buitenzorg finished on the 13th of August with the departure of Kent Scouts. A sad day indeed! I can’t believe how fast the season went by and what a multitude of activities and adventures we managed to cram into a single summer.

Working as a resort rep for Venture Abroad has been a fantastically enriching experience. From skiing to high ropes to exploring the cities of the region, both myself and the groups I worked with got to expand our understanding of the Netherlands at the same time as having loads of fun! For me, the highlight of the season has to be my spectacularly embarrassing fall at the Snow Planet ski centre in Amsterdam. As mildly humiliating as it was, I had so much fun seeing all the kids (and leaders!) enjoy themselves on the slope and I was happy to be the worst of the lot, if only to provide entertainment to everyone involved.

To round things off, I’d just like to thank all of the groups I worked with this summer for being so involved and making the summer such a brilliant experience. I’ll miss you all, especially the brilliant Kampstaf at Buitenzorg who really went above and beyond to help me with any problems I experienced. It’s goodbye to Buitenzorg, Baarn and the Netherlands for now, but I’m sure I’ll be back one day soon!

 

Bruges and Bon Voyage

31 Aug 16

Sunday was a busy and exciting day, spent in the wonderful Belgian city of Bruges. As we wondered up the cobbled streets towards the main square, we were trying our best to resist the amazing smell coming from the chocolate shops and cafe’s (this proved too difficult.. see below). We had to be careful to avoid the horse & carts trotting people around, as we darted between souvenir shops looking at all the goodies available.

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The end…

30 Aug 16

So we have had the most fantastic weather for our final group, Warrington East, staying in the Old Chalet! It has been another super busy week filled with adventure and activities. Returning to Kandersteg for the 4th time, for some of the leaders, really shows what an amazing place this is to have a permanent mini Jamboree.

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Perfect weather for a Celebration

27 Aug 16

Cubfest 2016 –  I am here, in beautiful Northern France with Solihull District Scouts and 4th Heston Scouts to celebrate the Cub centenary – and what a time we have had already.

After setting off at 5am yesterday morning, the groups remained in good spirits as we ventured towards Dover, with the ultimate pop CD’s pumping out our favourite tunes on the coach. The blue skies were a-plenty, and it wasn’t long before we saw the blue sea and the white cliffs on the horizon. Our ferry was very smooth sailing, providing all with an opportunity to stock up on supplies (particularly toblerones) and take in the wonderful sea air!14055029_10209855573683983_2501581216977564813_n

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A Whistle-Stop tour of Belgium

24 Aug 16

Over the last weekend, I was lucky enough to spend some time at De Kluis Scout Centre in Belgium and the surrounding area. I arrived late Thursday to the beautiful centre set in a forest – it was so quiet and set apart from the rest of the world! The quietness may have had something to do with the fact the Venture Abroad groups were still on their way back from the Battlefields day, which they found extremely moving and inspiring.

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