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Trip Start Aug 15, 2011
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Sofia Region,
Friday, August 19, 2011

It's fair to say that this is probably not anyone’s favourite day of the Summer Camp trip; not least because of the in-human starting hour in the small hours of the morning. Pete Cole started the morning with -50 points for his "are we there yet" moment not a minute after the coach leaves Skravena at 04.00. Sadly “there” was eight hours away and out first job was to collect the children at Lipnitsa Orphanage/School before we could head back down the mountain and make for the coast.

As ever the kids were waiting eagerly for the coach and we could see their excitement as we pulled into the school yard. Some of the children were familiar and it was good to see Petko, Vaska, Maglena, Gregor as well as lots of new faces too. Unfortunately some of the kids really cannot cope with coach travel and there was much to and froing to take away the rapidly filling bags throughout the whole journey. Thankfully we made good progress and arrived in time for lunch at the Hotel Alumina in Kranevo.

After a siesta (much deserved in the case on the Lipnitsa staff who had already had a long morning) it was time to hit the beach and for the youth team to start interacting with the kids. This is the heart of the Summer Camp- spending time with children who many in this country would describe as a waste of time and space. These kids have value and we want to show them how much we value them and that they are worth the effort.

Tomorrow we begin our regular routine that will be our pattern for the next nine days or so. It’s going to be hard work on and off the beach...
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