14th May – It’s odd up North. 

Firstly there was selection for IST for MOOT. It was lovely, people I’d not seen since Japan, people I’d not seen since Canada. People I didn’t expect to see so it was a lovely surprise. 

Then EuroVision, I escaped on the dressing up front. But we all know that in Europe there is Romania, and in Romania there is Transylvania, and in Transylvania there is Vlad the Impaler’s Castle and he looks like a Vampire! Logic… So out came the face paint, and I’m quite proud of the end result. 


 

20th February – Snow day

Our Chalet was my first world centre and will always be my favourite. From the squirrel which was once it’s logo (now only found on the buff or running round outside.) To the staff and vollies and Skippy, a cat with one hell of a personality!

  
I still love the snow, a day spent airboarding and drinking hot chocolate will never be wasted. I just hope I can hold on to the joy once I’m home. 

   
 Scouting and Guiding shrinks the world in a wonderful way. Meeting people in Switzerland that you last saw in Japan at #WSJ2015 or at the GirlGuiding Cenetenary or even here at the Chalet 3 years ago, or back in 2010 for the great guide getaway. 

But mostly I find it strange the levels of willingness to just sit and watch the world exist and be beautiful. This is not a thing I can do at home. I can’t find that peace, that calmness. 

   
 

And a last evening, mostly spent marking after dinner with new friends. I just wish old friends could have been there too. 

  Even hard maths is better when you are at Our Chalet. I’m going to miss this place, it feels like coming home. 

31st December – Random things and thank you. 

In a random place there was a random track. And on the random track there was a random gate. And past the random gate there was a random hut. And in the random hut there were random people. And those random people were met in random places: Japan, #WSJ2015; Canada, Moot 2015; Swizerland, Scout and Guide world centres; and some brand new people just for tonight. 

Board games were played, fires were lit, and people reminisced with old friends and made new ones. 

And to think this all could happen because of one man many years ago. Thank you BP – you’ve made many people very happy. 

  
This was on the wall in the random hut, a thank you to them from the year this group had started.