The hot spot.
Trip Start Jul 22, 2013
6Trip End Aug 03, 2013
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Our hotel could perhaps be described as 1* if you're of a generous disposition. After a meat paste on toast breakfast (made from yesterday’s leftover meatballs) the UK team and interpreters Bogi, Georgi and Toshko along with HOP resident Krasi made their way to Boychinovtsi Youth Prison for the first training/football session.
After a lengthy entrance procedure we were escorted to the "pitch" and after splitting the inmates into four squads began a warm-up (in 35C!) led by Chris, Angus and Fran
This afternoon we went to the local pool to keep cool and then we brought everybody together for an ice-breaking session. This included a time where everybody shared their expectations for the week. Making new friends featured highly and we hope that the HOP young people will be able to support each other as they move toward independence.
Unfortunately we can’t take pics at the prison so you’ll have to use your imagination; just picture a sun-blasted training yard with baked ground and listen out for Chris Garvey shouting “push forward, man on, drive”; I’m sure you can hear him from there...