Jez signs off (well at least for a while) with a summary of events covering
"I've been home a couple of days, am now back at school and have even taken my first AS exam! I thought
I'd take a couple of minutes to send a final posting.
HoHo was pretty amazing, Steve wrote about the bulk of it so I'll just fill in the bits that I did personally. I stayed with a pupil called 'Kacey' from one of the two high schools in Keelung.
First night I was presented with a bowl of soup and noodles at 2:00am (early
hours of 9 January), shortly afterwards I was informed that we had to be up at 6:00am! By the time I got to bed I had 3.5 hours sleep!
Later that day we went to one of the high schools where we were taught to speak and write some
Chinese before doing a workshop on rope jumping and diablo spinning. In the evening I went out for a meal with my host,
Kieran, Alex and their host.
The next day (10 January), after another night short of sleep, we went to the second school where we had a concert put on for us. We then went to Taipei where we visited a museum and a huge shopping center. When we returned back to the school I learnt that I would be going to a science lesson in
Chinese. It turned out to be 2 hours of thumb twiddling. After that I went out for a meal with my hosts family before returning home, presenting the family with their gifts and then
going to bed.
I was up at 5:15am (11 January) in order to meet the rest of the contingent at the town hall ready to go to the airport. for the next 26 hours we were either on a coach, in an airport of on a plane. At the end of it I was at home in my newly decorated bedroom :)
(still 11 January!).
The Jamboree as a whole was an incredible experience which I shall never forget. From the flight out to the flight home there was always something going on. I would like to thank everyone that
helped get me there whether it was through sponsorship or moral support. I look forward to presenting my
experience to everyone in the near future when hopefully we will be able to bring the Jamboree to life again in a small way.