18 of July 2012
I have derived a conclusion:
The woods are a GIANT bathroom—oh and by the way the woods are not woods but someone’s backyard :O. What someone you might ask? Well it is this very nice lady who is allowing the scouts to use her property FREE of charge, and allowing them to use water and electricity. That is the way I saw this thing when I first arrived with the scouts and I continued to remind Yann of this every time he told me I had to pee or crap on the woods, I just could not do it. He, Lucille, and Guillaume just laughed at the story and at me ALL the time.
The kids left today on their BIG adventure. I am terrified for them for a couple of reasons:
No. 1 they are young, age ranges from 14-17
No. 2 they will be in groups, 14/15 together and 16/17 together
No. 3 They are all burnt from yesterdays activity. Yann NEVER made them put sunblock on he only told them to do it, and he could have cared less if they did or not. According to him it is their responsibility. His views are so different from mine! Talk about culture clashes!
No. 4 They are probably tired since they stayed up late to prepare their meals.
No. 5 They are not excited at all!
The kids left with GIANT backpacks with baguettes sticking out of them, hard-core hiking boats and a map.
After they left we drove to the police station and it was closed. I did not know a police station could be close in the middle of the day on a Wednesday. We were going to give the police the map with the trails the two groups were taking so that in case something happen, maybe Yann won’t be in jail for as many years ;).
A great thing did happen today, I GOT TO PEE in a TOILET!!!!! We went to the Intermarche, a super market here in France. We went to the store in search of crackers and marshmallows to make S’mores even though we never did. I cannot believe Yann was in the States for so long and he NEVER had a S’more. He said they would make them after I left and I hope they did.
After lunch, were we had some delicious rice we made a voicemail. Apparently all the parents call Guillaume’s cell phone to receive updates on what is going on with the kids. They were also having a competition with another camp to see who could have the most creative voicemail and for that I was featured in one of them! It was nerve-racking!
After the voicemail, we were supposed to take a nap but instead we put everything in the truck and drove to the Château de Ventadour! BUT first we stopped for ICE CREAM!!! It was GREAT.
So the Castle is 1,000 years old and Yann told me a bunch of great facts, but he said I didn’t care. Bahaha, I did but pretended not to. We went swimming near the Castle and then I tried to climb a wall to get back up to the road and walk to the castle. I failed miserably! MISERABLY!!!!!! Yann, freaked out I think he was worried I was going to cry. In the end I held it in and then he showed me how to climb the wall. And I have decided I am going to practice now, on the climbing wall in Baun. Which I have to cimb to the top this year.
Another SUCCESS today, I SET UP A TENT!!!!! Well more like Lucile told me what to do and she did most of the work and I helped! BUT I DID IT!
For dinner we had that delicious (not really) rice with tomatoes, cheese and bread. And to add to the GREATNESS of the day M texted me today! WAHOOO!!
Well now off to sleep.
OH WAIT, so update on the kids:
the young ones got offered a place to stay for free at a 3 star camping site, that not only has showers, a TOILET, and a POOL! The older ones got some free lunch somewhere and they have made it safely to their sleeping site.
Yann, was right this is true independence and it works and the kids are not dead.