Europe » Switzerland January 27th 2010

The catering at KISC is great. I enjoy the food and am comfortable knowing it is all prepared in a clean kitchen. We eat lots of pasta meals. One of my favorites is pasta carbonara which is spaghetti with bacon pieces. Plus my favorite dessert is banoffee pie! For breakfast we have the same thing; a selection of three cereals, yogurt, bread, jam, meat, cheese, and fruit. It is popular over here to put yogurt on cereal instead of milk and some people put both milk and cereal on it. Breakfast can get pretty boring sometimes because it never changes. Everyday at 10:00 we have a coffee break and at 4:00 we have a tea break. It is wonderful to have a fifteen minute break twice a day to split up the work. We have a ... read more

Europe » Switzerland January 21st 2010

Not too much has happened over the last few weeks in Kandersteg. Although we still have had a steady flow of guests I have not seen most of them since I have been stuck in bed, recovering from lower and upper respiratory infections. I am almost all better, but I have a follow up appointment with the doctor on Friday to make sure I am completely healthy. Since I have been sick I have missed out on two important events. First of all there was Kandersteg’s annual ice climbing festival. The village is known for their frozen waterfalls and they attract lots of adventurists. We had lots of amateur climbers stay at the Centre during the competition. I wish I could have actually seen the final round of the event. They set up a course along ... read more
Staff Night Out: Crate Stacking
26 Crates

Europe » Switzerland January 8th 2010

Wow! So much has happened since I have arrived to Switzerland! I can’t believe I have already been here a month! It has been a whirlwind of a time; I have learned so much and done things I would have never thought I would have the opportunity to do in a lifetime. Everyday I gain a little more knowledge from the global staff that surrounds me. And everyday I still get a good chuckle from the miscommunication errors that are never ending. Some highlight from the past weeks include: Guiding a hike through the mountains. This Snow Adventure Day started off well until I lost track of the path and was not sure where to take my group. The destination was supposed to be a lake but I got a bit disoriented because the terrain looked ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland December 26th 2009

Merry Chirstmas family! I love you! read more

Europe » Switzerland December 21st 2009

Caving was exhausting! But once everyone was cleaned up, all the long term and short term staff met in the staff room to enjoy hot chocolate, cheese and crackers. The buzz of night was about D-Day. Posters had gone up while we were on our adventure promoting the activity we were scheduled to do; instructing us to bring in our backpacks a comfortable change of clothes, our toothbrush, the largest spoon we could find, a roll of toilet paper. We were told to get ready tonight and to not bother setting our alarm clocks for the next morning. We were all curious about the adventure, yet the long term-ers all kept their mouths closed. December 15, 2009: Discovery Day The fire alarm went off. The staff was shouting at us in megaphones to get out of ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland December 17th 2009

December 14, 2009 Today was an exhausting day of training. We covered so much material in such a short period of time. 08:00 Thought of the Day: the director read an inspirational poem from Lord Baden Powell; we talked about our schedule; and drew names for secret santa. 08:20 We learned how to give a proper tour of the Chalet. From interesting facts to which rooms to show guests. 09:00 We had a group meeting with all the new short term staff members and the three head people to discuss cultural differences, rules, and procedures. This meeting was mostly to point out all the misunderstanding and then set the rules at Kandersteg so we would all have a clear understanding. 10:30 Then we had our introduction to the reception and programs areas. From the keys in ... read more
our walk
Going into the cave!

Europe » Switzerland December 14th 2009

Right now I am on the train. I am heading to Bern. I think. After a two hour car ride to the Orlando Airport; a night flight from Orlando to London; then a another plane ride from London to Geneva; I am now in the Swiss countryside. But I am not positive which side of the county I am on. After I departed the plane I breezed through customs. I actually was not even sure I was going through it at the time. I thought I was in one line which would lead me to another queue and then I would be in the main part of customs, but the one line was it. I was disappointed to because the man didn’t even stamp my passport. Next I picked up my luggage and went to the ... read more
View from the train
Kandersteg International Scouting Centre
Another part of KISC

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 26th 2007

London Part II Thursday, June 21 This morning we had a presentation on WAGGGS and their purpose. We were then divided into two groups—half of us went to The National Gallery while the others went to Camden Market. The National Gallery was amazing. It was incredible to be standing directly in front of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. It was mind-blowing to be looking at one of the most famous painting in the world and it was so close I could stick out my hand and touch it. Monet’s Water Lilies painting was also cool. When you got close you could see all the individual brush strokes but when you backed up and admired the picture from afar you got to see the whole thing. I also enjoyed Picasso’s Child With a Dove. This one he painted ... read more
St. Paul's
The Eye
The Eye 2

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 22nd 2007

London Part I Monday, June 18- We were up at the crack of dawn to go to London. We had to be packed and ready to go at 7. So that meant that we had to wake up extra early to stuff all of our belongings into our bags. Our driver arrived promptly at seven and we were off to our next plane ride. We arrived at the airport and checked in with British Airways. Next thing I knew there was a team of very attractive college guys walking by. They were by far the best Paris had to offer. After getting a good helping of eye candy we had to wait in line to go through customs. After that we went through the security check and let me tell you, I didn’t feel very ... read more
Lesleyanne in the phonebooth.
Me in front of Buckingham Palace.
Mrs. Drake and Ashleigh.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 16th 2007

Paris Friday, June 15/Saturday, June 16 “Sorry for the delay—we have had some mechanical problems. Right now they are just filling out the paperwork. It wasn’t fixed but don’t worry we don’t need it anyway,” the pilot announced as we were waiting on the airplane to take off for Paris. After a full hour of sitting on the tarmac we were finally prepared to start our journey to France. At that point we were ready to face the world. Because of our late departure we were not able to park the plane at a terminal so we had to crawl down a set of stairs to catch a bus to take us to customs. Our passports were stamped, we had our luggage, and now we were actually fulfilling our dreams of going to London and ... read more
The Eiffel Tower 2

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