I hope that everyone had a great time in the Czech Republic! Elements of any trip abroad are going to be challenging – and the leaders wish to thank the Scouts for their support, perseverance, enthusiasm and good humour.
You will have noticed a lack of blogging whilst we were away. Unfortunately, very few places had wifi … and when we finally found a cafe it presented was a rare opportunity to relax! I have posted a few of my photos so you can get a sneak preview of what we got up to each day. Many more photos and video will be shared at a reunion in the autumn, and as soon as I start to receive photos from other leaders, these will appear here as well. Please feel free to comment with questions, captions, or thoughts!
Day One – Biopool, Radotin
The first full day saw us tackle the Czech railway system to visit a Bio-Pool on the edge of Prague. This is an outdoor swimming complex filtered and treated biologically rather than with chlorine, resulting in a slippery bottom and interesting colour.
Day Two – Whitewater Rafting and Old Town Prague
Now self-professed masters of the public transport system, we got up earlier and traveled further afield to the centre of Prague, where we split into two groups to do a half-day of rafting and a half-day in the Old Town district. After a safety briefing, groups of five or six along with our Czech guides, completed several runs of the Czech Olympic whitewater circuit. Those feeling adventurous followed this up by completing the course without the boat! The other half of the day saw us spend a couple of hours touring Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and visiting the Astronomical Clock.
Day Three – Bastei Bridge and Bad Schandau Thermal Pools
On the third day we got the Scouts up at 5:30am and loaded them on the coach for the long journey over the border in Eastern Germany. We started the day by visiting Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland National Park, exploring stunning rock formations. We then travelled down the road to a thermal pools complex at Bad Schandau, where the highlight was a shallow saltwater pool heated to about 30C, where you floated around silently and listened to music playing underwater.
…to be continued…