At Venture Abroad we do our best to organise staff visits to our destinations as regularly as possible. This week it’s the turn of me (Sarah) and Hannah G!

With the aim of cramming as much in as possible in five days, we successfully drove to our first country on Monday: Belgium. We spent a night in Ypres at the Tempelhof hostel – a modern, central hostel with great rooftop views over Ypres, and a night at the De Kluis campsite – a large site set in peaceful Belgian woodland which is the destination for hundreds of scouts and guides every summer.

Highlights from our trip to Belgium are:

The Sanctuary Wood Museum – this is not just a museum, as it allows you to walk through preserved trenches and begin to imagine the experiences of the thousands of soldiers who fought there.

The view from the top of the In Flanders Field Museum Belfry.

Attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate – a very moving experience.

Sampling some Belgian chocolate at the Leonidas chocolate shop, Ypres.

Walking through Tyne Cot cemetery, Ypres – this sea of over 11,000 gravestones is also incredibly moving and hard to take in.

Strolling through the beautiful city of Leuven and soaking in the Belgian way of life.

Listening to woodpeckers in the trees of the De Kluis campsite.

We’re now into our second country: the Netherlands! We’ll be back with an update on our adventures here soon!