The Jamboree - Days 3 and 4
Three e-mails and a 3 minute telephone call bring news covering 30 & 31 December. A software download permitting (not sure how good the connection is in Thailand), there are plans to send new photos from the Jamboree soon!
"Well, we have been at the Jamboree site for 5 days now. Temperature during the day is in the high 30 centigrade and humid - not too much cooler at night (not too much air passing through the tent)."
"Yesterday (30 December) we went to a session in the GDV
(Global Development Village) on refugees where they put us through the process of becoming a refugee and then trying to reach a destination country. It was very interesting considering that it was held mainly in English but also in Thai, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish."
"It is amazing out here, no words can describe it."
"As far as Sabir goes, we've been asked to hold back until New Years Day when Barry and his team with their cameras will record us going through the whole process of looking and meeting Sabir. We'll of course be wearing our T-Shirts and hopefully not too tired from the party the night before!"
"A lot of time was spent on sub camps with Units experiencing gastronomic delights from each others countries making up a huge subcamp banquet, UK units were spotted cooking bangers and mash; rhubarb and custard; haggis; spotted dick; curry and traditional full English breakfast! This was followed in the afternoon by a subcamp fayre, with each Unit sharing traditional games, songs and crafts – cricket seemed to be popular with the UK Units."
"The New Years Eve celebration was yet another mad congregation of 30000 people in the main arena however the entertainment was a little of a let down (and no Auld Lang Syne)! Never the less we all saw the New Year in together."
"Have managed to swap loads of badges, one Thai Scout gave me a second Official Jamboree badge in exchange for a Surrey 2 badge ... bargain!"