Health and Safety Course, Belgium Style

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Today was our "service" day, so we had organised to go to Parc Parmentier in the outskirts of Brussels, which is a place for kids to spend the summer. We arrived v. early, having over estimated the distance (Rachels fault), and spent a nice half an hour singing in a park nearby!
When we arrived (still early) we found there was many bungalows to choose from, and were unsure next to which we should be meeting the Parc owner, Olivier Parmentier. He came with David (with a french accent), a few moments after ten, but enough to make us panic no one was coming at all!
Once they introduced us to the project and the routine, we headed over to a large marquee where all the children were "asseyezvous!!!!!!" and some randomly dressed up "animateurs" were keeping watch. We found the theme was King Arthur and every week a knight would go missing and it was the childrens job to find him. The bad guy was, slightly surreally, Captain Jack Sparrow. What ensued was a fight (on a rooftop!!!!) between Captain Jack, and King Arthur.
After Captain Jack won, including grenades!, we were split up and given groups to go with, chosen for people who spoke English the best! Jess was chosen by Vincent because, and quote "you have a dictionary" but according to Rachel, Hannah and Laurie "because he loves her". Hannah ended up with Jess because her guide Steve left. They played a game involving cards, two flags and lots of running children! The health and safety element was again tested by nearby woodcutters with a chipper and a chainsaw... safe. Rachel went with the older group led by Christel, and Laurie with the wee children. They both made some lifelong friends!
We had lunch provided which was nice, then a random hours break when it started to tip it down, then there was a party. Children being lifted up, danced with v. "closely" left right and centre. Eating of chocolate covered apples game, people trying to convince us to join in... fun times.
We ended the day soggy, a little confused and very tired but with the song waddlyatcha for the childrens benefit of course! We then headed to the hostel via a few metros and a tram. Off to Amsterdam tomorrow afternoon, arriving in the evening. Our last country! Sniff!
Yours surviving,
lots of love :D
Jess, Laurie, Rachel and Hannah xxxxx
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gosforthrangers on

Quick note from Jess
Hope you like the pics. Just to say my phone has entirely died so I know I have a text but I cant read it! You could text Rachel instead :)

stuartwalker on

Jessica, sorry about the phone! We will text Rachel - we can call any time too. Great photo's sounds like a good day with lots of stories. Dad wants to know if Vincent only had one ear?
Enjoy the journey to Amsterdam - make sure you have lots of snacks.
Lots of love m and d x

ruth c on

Sounds like a fun day -perhaps you could try it with your Rainbows/Brownies! Glad you are all surviving! Enjoy Amsterdam.
Love mum and dad

Hazel & Jeremy on

It's encouraging that you have spent time in a "non-health-and-safety" and "non-pc" situation - and yet the children survived unharmed!!
(Don't get me started!)
Hope you have a good time in Amsterdam. Remember that public loos are non-existent there and even the cafes charge. (There's a freebie in the Anne Frank museum.)

Judith D on

Like the photos. Hope there was no air-brushing going on. (You will have to ask Rachel O - Girlguiding UK against it). Have a good time with Rachel & leave her some food! Judith & Paul xxxx


Hope you find the Anne Franke house because grandma didnt .Miss you Hannahxxx.

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