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Spring Springs

A new season, a new staff team, a new program

all seasons in one day

Hello !
Wow, it feels like ages since I've written a blog. So much has happened! As usual, I'm always super busy and too tired to devote some time to this; I feel like I've been neglecting it recently so I'm going to do my best to sort myself out!

So, phew, straight outta Winter and into Spring. No break in between, just the usual weekend before - WABAM - straight into my second pre-camp of the year before a new program begins. Our family of 12 expanded and divided into a new team of 25, with only 5 other original Winter staff joining the Hector Spring School program. The others had either gone to the ROPES (operating out of Hector end), or Sunship Earth (operating out of Bowfort end) programs.
Overwhelming does not justify it. After the first day of pre-camp, I missed my old team so much! It was so hard having to adjust to a completely different group dynamic and I once again felt a little insecure and out of place. However, since I'd already worked a season and knew my Winter program really well, I definitely felt a lot more confident to put myself out there more and start stepping up as a leader to help the new gappers whose shoes I'd been in 12 weeks earlier.
Now working at Hector end (2 km down the road), I returned to Bowfort that evening to see a few of my old team and I'm embarassed to say that I burst into tears haha! And I never cry?! In my defence, it's so emotionally draining re-making friends with a new team when you'd just got to a great stage with the old team. I just felt overwhelmed and stressed at the prospect of a new season with this completely unfamiliar set of people. So the transition period was really hard for me, and the rest of the original winter staff agreed. The general consensus was that we were looking forward to the season but nervous to work with a new staff team.

OH how times change! I am LOVING the team. We are all really close and have some hilarious times together. I have a bit of a "womance" (what's the equivalent of "bromance"?!) going on with a returning gapper, Els. Gosh she is hilarious. Everyone back at home, you would love her! She's so funny and we get along so well. Definitely one of the highlights of Spring so far.

Tipi living! It's actually awesome fun. Making scorching fires and singing guitar songs to a tipi full of kids whilst they drift off is pretty sweet. How is this my job?! I haven't had any major dramas yet, just the odd squirrel invading my privacy or a bit of leakage of snow inside...dun dun dunnnn. It got so cold in the mornings in pre-camp, but during Spring it's been burning up! We had some sweet sweet Summer days, but now we have been revisited with another dump of Snow. LOL dump.

So how is the Spring program different to the Winter program? We do so many new things!

Tipi building - We teach kids how first nations people originally built tipis: the materials, the techniques, the meanings behind the structures. Then they get a chance to build their own mini tipi out of materials they find in the forest. The highlight of the block comes when I get to test the legitimacy of their tipis. FIRST comes the traditional earthquake - we all jump up and down to see if it demolishes. Then we have the thunderstorm test - tipping a Nalgene full of water over it and then we all blow on it to see if it tips over. Then metor showers! Where I get to throw increasingl larger chunks of wood at it to see if it tips over. If all else fails, my personal favourite "giant comes and sits on it!".

Voyageur canoeing - We go out onto Lake Chilver in a 12 person canoe and teach all about the French explorers/fur traders. It's really interesting stuff; they managed to keep a rate of 50 paddle strokes per minute for 10 hours a day! That's 30 000 strokes per day... I can't even keep that up for more than 5 minutes! Traditionally made from Birch wood, their boats were 11 metres long and could hold the weight of one and half rhinoceruses. Or should that be rhinoceri?

Animal tracking - We teach about the different gaits animals have. Campers learn about animal evidence left behind in the forest, for example different kinds of scat, bones, claw/chew marks in trees etc. We play games and explore the forest like detectives, looking for signs of animal presence in previous times.

I started off spring in the tipi, Wokashon. Each tipi has it's own name derived from Lakota (Stoney) language. I co-counselled with "Honeybee", and after a scorching start to the Spring, we were suprised to wake up to a fresh layer of snow with our first group. We both learnt a lot from eachother, as Honeybee had missed all of pre-camp so had not been familiarised with the program. I, on the otherhand, learnt a lot in terms of group management. Honeybee indirectly showed me strategies to help group dynamics and to better facilitate team work.

My second group were a from a first nations school. It was only myself, and another counsellor that had these kids, so only around 15 of the 250 kids at Outdoor School were from this particular school. I had had two of the campers before in MCT camp during Spring, so it was nice that we had already bonded and gotten to know eachother. We stayed in Shungwaka, the furthest away tipi...groannnn. Whilst being challenging, this group was extremely rewarding. I had to be creative and modify the program to suit their learning styles. I learnt so much from them about their cultures and way of life, and was even invited to a smudging ceremony. For me, it was such an honour to be part of this native ritual, it was both touching and emotional. A ball of sage was lit inside a shell casing, and we washed the smoke over our heads, ears, mouth, arms, torsos and finally our heart, choosing to share aloud an appreciation if we wished. It represents the cleansing of the body. Following the ceremony, this eerie feeling of peace and tranquilty rippled through my body; it was a grateful closure for both counsellors of this school.

My third group were my first all-boy group. Again, I found it challenging to adapt to a group of only boys, especially as I hadn't had a mixed gender group for almost a month now... so was perhaps a bit rusty on my boy focused counselling skills. However by the end of the week, I had formed some great connections and we performed an emotional version of "Fireflies" at the final campfire with myself on guitar and my boys singing and dancing their own routine to the whole camp. Two of their teachers (one being male!) shed tears of pride at the performance, and it was a really special moment for me.

I've been working a few weekends for some extra money. When we go out at the weekends we usually spend quite a lot getting in and out of Canmore and paying for food, drink and accomodation. So working at camp over the weekend means I'm stopped from spending money, and am just earning instead! They've been fun. One was a YMAP which is basically a weekend program for kids of around 15 - 16 years of age who have come to Canada to study from all over the world, and just gives them a chance to be with other kids in the same situation. It was awesome walking through the lodge and being able to speak to people from over 20 different nationalities!
Then yesterday I worked something called Community Outreach which was SO much fun. I got the chance to work with my Womance (Els) and it was just action packed energy ridden good fun! We had a Presidential Bodyguard theme to our hike, which involved protecting the president (Els), hiding behind trees and rocks to check the coast was clear and answering riddles to progress to the next stage of the hike.

I SAW A BLACK BEARRRRRRRRR!!!!!! It was soooo awesome! The whole Hector Spring School team were walking towards the Bowfort end of camp, when through the cut lines we all saw the bear together. It was such a magical moment. This black bear, so majestic and graceful for an animal of its magnitude, perked his head up when he saw us, but just carried on munching on berries and vegetation like he was bored with us haha.

I finally managed to climb Mt Lookout as I'm sure some of you will have seen my pictures on facebook. It took us a good 3 hours to summit it but the view was phenomenal and the weather was a sensational accompaniment. There is a guy called Chip who lives up there looking out for fire across the Bow Valley, and a helicopter pad where his food is delivered to him via sky.

We've booked a holiday with 18 other counsellors to MEHICOOOO which I am super excited for. We go on the break between Spring and Summer. I will update again in a week or so if I can!

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The end of Winter

Finishing my first season

all seasons in one day 24 °C

Wow, the end of my first season already! The leaves are just beginning to sprout on the Aspen Poplars, the lakes and ponds have thawed, the flip flops and shorts combo are being whipped out left right and centre, and the Crocuses are blooming too. I'm excited to see how the Bow Valley will develop now we're entering Spring.

The weather has been so crazy recently! This past week was a scorcher! So unexpected, and when you're wearing thermals and over trousers... slightly unwelcome if you want to get your tan on. This week was weird; the campers arrived on Monday instead of Tuesday which meant our week shifted ahead a day with a Friday Funday au lieu of the tradish Monday Funday. I began the week with a horribly croaky voice. An excellent way to begin with all the shouting and singing that proceeds! I managed to get through okay, although definitely found it more difficult with a lack of voice and enthusiasm, and just have the sniffles now. So on Tuesday, the weather was gloriously sunny! We hiked up the Bald Drumlin and it was funn! Then on Wednesday it got up to 24oC! Two days later it was raining then snowing! What crazy weather we have here! hehe

On Friday we had our end of season celebration. We had a BBQ with some excruciatingly delicious food... STRAWBERRIES Oh how I've missed them. In all their sensational scarlett glory. We had an astonoshing array of delicacies to consume, prepared for us by the wonderful kitchen staff who continue to blow my mind with their culinary skills. We had changed the words to a camp song for our boss, Nikki, which we performed as a thank you for the terrific job she's done for us so far. Then we presented our other boss, Ashley, with a cookbook that we'd all written a message in and signed. Finally, Ashley read aloud a speech she'd prepared which was really cute and the perfect way to end the season. I felt a little emotional! I feel like I've come so far! Then we were presented with copies of the speech, our staff photo with messages from Ashley and Nikki on the reverse, and a handmade bracelet which I love! The most exciting part was this climbing rope bracelet, the ends of which you have to melt and join around your wrist so it basically never comes off! That day I felt like a true camper! All the staff have these collections of rope bracelets that they acquire at the end of every season they work, and I've always envied them 'cause they look so cool.

In the evening, I heard rumours about people taking out Canoes onto Lake Chilver. When I arrived, I was almost breathless as I took in the surroundings. I see the views of the area everyday, but still you see them from new perspectives and the land is just so captivating. Sam and I dropped our Canoe into the water and I hopped in. It's always a bit scary as it wobbles violently when you first get in, but almost immediately you get used to it. They're pretty sturdy beasts. So we got paddling and got into the rhythm. Then we remembered that there was supposed to be a connecting passage way from one Lake to the next. However, since there'd been so little rain/snow this winter, apparently it was too shallow to pass through. When we got to the passage we decided to go through anyways, and managed to paddle through fairly easily onto the larger side of Lake Chilver. It was truly spectacluar. The water was so still aside from the dipping of our paddles. The sun was setting as we paddled away from it, seeking rest behind the silohetted Rockies. Sam and I tied our Canoe to this jetty and hopped up. The sky was cloudless, just this pristine shade of blue that echoed that of the water. I remember wondering what everyone was doing back at home. What were you doing? Because you should have stopped whatever it was, flung yourself on a plane, and rushed to where I was that night. Mesmerising.
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I really do love it here, I just wish so many of you could see it.

We went home to the Clusters and then made a campfire in an open tipi. On Monday, I move into a tipi for the rest of my time here which I have mixed emotions about. I love the physical idea of it, but not being able to have a break from your campers when you sleep scares me a little! haha. I'm sure it will be just swell though.
Goodnight!

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Two months in

A quarter of the way through, and a month since my last entry: Gold for Team Canada, Calgary Eau Claire YMCA, Parents visit.

Woah, just over two months of working and playing here in Alberta. I put off writing this for ages since I can only really do it at the weekends, and we're usually doing something or other. But this weekend I'm all on my lonesome after my parents have fled back to England and the rest of the staff are up in Edmonton so I hope to make up for my lack of updating!

So, although this happened a while ago.... GO CANADA!!!!!!!!!!! wooooo! Did you see the hockey match?!?! Canada were up 2-1 in the last period.. all they had to do was hold on those few measly seconds and then they would have secured the ultimate accolades in both beating the USA and winning Gold at the Olympics (although I'm not sure which is more valued ha) until BOOM. At 24.9 seconds to go the US equalised with a last minute attempt. Everyone in the bar collapsed with the stress of it all. I was having a hard time following the bloody hockey puck, so I found this out about 4 seconds later than everyone else haha. Anyways, then they came back on for extra time where the next goal would be the winner... no second chances on this... and BAM Canada score! The bar erupts with ferocious cheers! Like I said I didn't even realise they'd scored so I just joined in with the celebrations shouting "LOUD NOISES" haha. Everyone was high fiving and hugging eachother, a random man with a loud cow bell appeared and rattled it around pumping us all up. Then when we went out on to the street cars were driving up and down beeping their horns, shouting words of joy to neighboring Canadians! It was awesome!
Then we went and played ice hockey on this outdoor rink, swiftly followed by a trip to A & W for a fast food fix (bleh).

So on Mondays, we have these staff training days called "Monday Fundays" (yeahhhh fun!) where we don't have any kids but participate in many activites such as staff hikes, maintenance jobs, evaluations etccc. However this week, we got to visit the YMCA Eau Claire in Calgary! It's basically this big recreation center with a pool, gym, and various courts for squash and basketball. So our working day consisted of a staff game of basketball and a swim! Life is goooooood!

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(Banff Hot Springs)

My parents came over at the end of March and we had so much fun. We stayed in Banff and visited the Banff springs, Sunshine Village and Norquay ski hils, Lake Louise where we cross country skiied, hiked around camp and had some good ol' quality family time together. However, since they were leaving me this time, it was definitely harder to say goodbye.

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Oh and here's a cheeky Elk minus a pair o' antlers
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Anyways sorry for the month delay in even posting this, hope everyone is happy back at home!

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A month

Getting stuck into the swing of camp life

semi-overcast 5 °C

Okay so it has officially been a month since I arrived in beautiful Canada!

So far I have had three groups of kids. The first two groups were insanely challenging for me. The first, even with three counsellors to about 10 kids, were difficult to get engaged. They were able to come out here at a greatly subsidied cost because of this awesome charity the YMCA has called "Strong kids" which allows us to bring a lot of kids out to camp who may not have had the chance otherwise. However, by the end of the week, although some of them had expressed apparent dissinterest, they were all saying that they didn't want to leave and asking if I would still be there next year which was cute!
The second, where I was on my own with about 11 kids were a little better, but it still wasn't flowing like I had anticipated. The funny thing was, on the last day all the kids were asking for the Counsellors' autographs! I had to hastily fashion an "Orion" autograph; I felt like a celebrity for 5 minutes.. it was crazy!

The third group however, were just amazing! I can't tell you how much fun I've had this week! For a lot of the kids, you mention the work "hike" and a harmony of groans ensue. But most of the group cited the hike as their favourite part of the whole week. It was so rewarding and encouraging to know that I was doing well as a Counsellor. The kids were all really absorbed and kept asking more questions even after I'd taught them the bare necessities; they genuinely wanted to find out more about the environment and were interested in the exploration day. On the last day, each cousellor got letters from their group. I had some awesome one's... one said "you are the best counsellor ever...I consider you a friend..." which was so amazing! I was so happy that the kids could call me their friend as well as their leader, which is definitely something I aimed for... I think it's really important that they can relate to you and feel like they can talk to you as well as having respect for your authority. It was so sad to see them leave! Unfortunately, due to child protection issues, I can't upload any pictures of me with campers but there have been some hilarious ones taken this week... for example the kids who played "fluffy bunnies" managing to fit 17 whole grapes in his mouth... so funny...

Today (Saturday) I'm just having a chill out day. I hung out in Nu West (the paid staff accomodation) with an Aussie, Bernie, for most of the day. I'm gonna go into Canmore (the nearest town, around 25 mins away) with Molly at around 7pm for Wunderbars and Reeses ♥ I just realised the other day that I haven't had chocolate in weeks and weeks! It's crazy... so definitely gonna stock up on some tonight, oh and smoothies too!
Then tomorrow, another chill out day but going into Canmore around 1:00 pm ish to watch the ultimate Hockey match.. CANADA vs USA gold medal olympic final! It's gonna be intense! I'm debating whether to go all out with red maple leaves painted on my cheeks. I will post any photographic evidence.

Just wanted to add a really sweet picture at the end here. This was the view of the sun rising immediately outside my house at around half 7 in the morning. What a gift to see when you wake up! I haven't really seen yellows in the sky before. We cycle the opposite direction to the main Bowfort Lodge, where the sun cast this pinkish glow over Mount Yamnuska and the adjacent mountain ranges... It was simply spectacular. Anyways, off for some munch... it smells like Turkey Masala! Get in!

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Pre-camp

The first week at camp: training and getting settled.

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Wow, sorry it's taken me so long to write. Just been so busy, and these travel blogs take up so much time! I'm actually writing this 3 weeks late so I have a ridiculous amount to update on.

So I'm not sure where I left you in the previous entry, but we got the Banff Airporter from Calgary Airport on the 31st January to Canmore, where we were picked up by Ashley, our program co-ordinator, and Grant, another Counsellor. We arrived at Camp and had a mini tour of the site which is thousands of acres, has a lake, and utterly breathtaking views of the surrounding rockies. It's incredible. I really wish you all could see it! The pictures don't do it justice at all...
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Then we sort of met staff members in dribs and drabs, but finally spent a night together where instead of sleeping in our bunks we all dragged our mattresses out to this hall, and tessellated them like blocks so we could all sleep in an ensemble.

The food here is amazing! So so so good, I'm always having three helpings! Canadian portions are huge; I feel like I'm eating all the time! Breakfast is at half 8, lunch at half 12, and dinner at half 5.

Monday

So the first week was all about: Pre-Camp. A week of talks, activites and learning what our function as Counsellors would be. It was so well put together, every day was jam packed with items on a never-ending agenda. I felt really well prepared for when we officially started camp, and it made me anticipate the arrival of the kids even more.

On the first day we woke up at 8 am which wasn't too bad, and spent a few hours learning and playing get-to-know-eachother games. Then we visited a low ropes course, which is basically a challenge course around half a metre of the ground. We learnt classic games such as "Camoflauge", where everyone has to try and hide without being spotted, and then are called back for "food and water" so have to tag the 'it' person's hand and dash back again without being seen (you have to play it to appreciate it's true awesomeness), and "Flash flood" which is where you have 5 seconds to get off the ground some how before you are washed away by an imaginary tide. It was quite funny seeing 20 year olds run and try to hug trees to be off the ground, and then falling back down haha.

Then that evening, the final 3 gappers came, all Australian, which was good since I was feeling a little overwhelmed as many people already knew eachother apart from Mark and I. It was good having 3 other new people, who were in our shoes as well, it made me feel more comfortable to be myself. I must admit, at first I found it difficult establishing myself amongst the other outgoing and likewise Counsellors. I guess since we're all "leader" type personalities, it's easy to blend into the background and let others lead conversation. So that made up the 12 of us: myself, Mark (UK), Bernie (Australia), Sam (Australia), Alastair (Australia) were the Lattitude volunteers. And then the returning Counsellors Amara (New Zealand), Mot (Australia), Molly (Canada), Rhys (New Zealand), Grant (Canada), Tory (Canada), Emily (Canada). And this is our staff photo for this season:
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That evening we told one another ghost stories, and then we went to bed. I tossed and turned alot at night, those particular mattresses were so uncomfortable and I hate being confined to a sleeping bag cocoon.

Tuesday

Next day, I woke up at 8 am which really isn't too bad at all, and headed off for our daily flag raising ceremony. I now know the offical Canadian national anthem which is pretty awesome :) It makes me feel like a native.
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O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all they sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Then we went to browse some second hand stuff from previous gappers. There was a lot of cool items - even ice skates! Unfortunately too big for moi. I nabbed some snow shoes, a lonely planet canada guide, envelopes, and a thing to put pictures on the computer which has been exceedingly useful.

Next we had a talk on being an Eco camp from Calderrrr, this eco guy. All of the "rrr"s are how you say his name in Canadian. LOL. (My friend, Roody, wrote that part... hilarious Roody, hilarious).

Then we went to the challenge course. This darn wire thing had our panties in a twist... 40 minutes worth of twist... (Again, thank you Roody). We learnt how to teach the elements (each individual obstacle is called an 'element') and how to encourage "Challenge-by-choice": promoting kids to push themselves out of their comfort zone to develop their personalities.

After that, we had this talk from Jill - the general manager of the whole camp. Such a charismatic lady!... I can't quite remember what her talk was about: my concentration was flagging at this point. Just mostly on camp life, the dos and don'ts. We also signed our camp contracts too.

Then we had dinner... Turkey Masla... this guy Roody LOVES turkey Masla.... except camp calls it mufasa... some lion king thing, apparently. (Again, Roody - he was helping my type this out)

Doug Saul, he is Jill's husband. He is the summer camp director. He gave us a talk about camp fires. Did you know they have rules about camp fires? You can't even say 'fart'... My life ended at that precise moment: I sung songs about the various ways in which you could murder an innocent bird at PGL. But in all seriousness, I've learnt loads of cool camp fire songs already and they're heaps of fun to perform so I'm excited to develop my repertoire.
Being musical really helps at camp. Most people play guitar, and there's always one lying around to jam with. Campfire is a huge part of camp life, and whilst in the winter it's technically around a fireplace due to the cold, you still get this awesome electricity in the atmosphere listening to all these kids being so engaged and loving camp.


Wednesday

We do so much stuff I can't possibly remember it all. We are going on a big hike tomorrow, in which I have to include certain facts about the Lodgepole Pine tree... "the building blocks of their nation"... (thank you Roody). I decided on: the official tree of Alberta; pines grow in pair, cones Point towards trunk, fires spread seeds etc. Since camp is actually an "eco school", a lot of time is devoted to the education of the outdoors and encouraging the manifestation of kids' interest in wildlife. So we have around 10 'teachables' that we have to teach kids about by the end of the hike.

I managed to wake up before the alarm went off. It's odd that I'd ever wake up before my alarm, especially since I'm always so tired from the day before. The new gappers went into Canmore, the local town around 20 minutes away, where we sorted out bank acounts... with the Bank of Montreal. WHICH IS RIDICULOUS, might I add. We get no interest, but have to pay $4 per month to have our money in there. We have a limit of 10 transactions per month and are charged if we use any other ATM other than their ones. PLUS, I have to pay like $12 to receive money from any banks outside of Canada. Darn it. Then we went to get the Canadian equivilant of the NIN, SIN. Then Safeway, "WUNDERBARS" and smoothies ♥. Next, it was off to the second hand store for helmets for the bikes we would be cycling 2 km with each morning, as that's how far away the main lodge is.

Came home, had lunch, was confronted by an orchestra of 88 kids, literally... it was a band camp.
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Then we had a talk on discipline and how to deal with situations by Jana and Aly. It really helped, because we got to discuss and solves concerns and situations that we may have felt ill-equiped to handle by ourselves.

The afternoon climaxed with the infamous: Animal Game! Basically an epic game of tig in the forest, and I mean epic, there is a monsterous portion of land marked out where kids can run around and feel like they are liberated! The kids learn about food chains and ecosystems without realising. It's so much fun.

We had another talk: this one from Amy. I can't even remember... although I do remember the cinnamon heart sweets she gave out! Something about giving kids the best weeks of their lives?

Mot did a lession on drama after. Then we revealed our secret words that we had to subtly slip into polite conversation three times without the victim suspecting (Nikki - Snow Shoe - ACED IT).

Then we went back to the lodge. The stars were out and the constellations were so clear and vibrant: I could instantly decipher star shapes I didn't know existed.

Thursday

This morning we had homemade pancakes with deliciously plump blackberries embedded. Picture the dark, sweet juice oozing out and being absorbed by the softness of the pancake, intertwined with lashings of maple syrup. Perfection on a plate.

So today we went on a hike, splitting the counsellors into two groups. We did loads of neat stuff such as looking at animal tracks, edible vegetation in the forest and saw spectacular views of the Rockies. I managed to successfully teach my teachable on the Lodgepole Pine. Then we came back and debriefed and made a super sweet adaptation animal: the Fur-ba-sha. Don't ask haha.

Following dinner, Nikki gave us a talk on legalities and child protection issues. We also went through putting kids to bed successfully.

Back at the Cluster (where we were sleeping that week) I played guitar for ages, and got to bond with the rest of the team more closely. It's amazing how song can bring people together!

OH! and every Counsellor has to have a "Nature name": a name that the kids call you throughout the week and that has a story behind it. I am now ORION (Or onion, oreo, scorpion as the kids prefer to call me), so I can tell the kids about the constellation.

Friday

Today we finally moved into our permanent residence. I live 2 km away (a 5 minute bike ride), in Hector Housing. I share the front of house with Patrick, Steph (kitchen staff), and Calderrr (eco guy haha). Whereas the other 4 gappers stay in the back of housing. It's pretty much identical to uni accomodation, especially in the disgusting kitchen department.
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I'm so lucky in that the people I live with have a ridiculously extensive movie and game collection, so I have free reign of DVD and Xbox entertainment which is a treat! I get on really well with everyone, and someone even gave me an old guitar to use, so I'm pretty much sorted now! I moved in and spent a while cleaning everywhere... it took forever but SO worth it.

The weather here has been really mild. It hasn't properly snowed and tempertaures range from 2 to minus 2, so really warm for winter, and the existing snow is melting already! Not what I was expecting but it makes it easier to work in I guess.

Anyways, that was the first week... I'll write again soon and try to keep it more concise...sorry!
Hope everyone's well at home!

Kate

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