My journey started on Thursday 28th July as I set off down the M1 to Gatwick Airport. I was staying the night at a nearby hotel as my journey to Copenhagen started at a scary 5am the following day – I was accompanying a group of Scout Leaders and Trefoil Guild members to the World Scout Jamboree… via Copenhagen!
On Friday morning I arrived at a very busy airport terminal bright and early to meet some of the members of the group I would be travelling with. After long queues, we all boarded the flight. There was a slight delay on the tarmac but the pilot soon made up the time and we arrived in Copenhagen around 10 minutes behind schedule. Once we had reclaimed our luggage we took a very short taxi ride to our hotel. Dumping their luggage pretty quickly, the group wasted no time and set off for some sightseeing in Copenhagen.
I joined 3 members of the Trefoil Guild for some lunch in a café alongside the canal before departing for the airport to meet the Cheshire Scout group who were flying out to join the party. I successfully met the Cheshire Scout group who had arrived slightly early. This time, we took the metro to the hotel which was only 2 stops. After a change of clothes, we all headed out to the centre of Copenhagen on the metro and went to a café/restaurant for dinner of fresh sandwiches, salads and the typical smorrebrod!
The day trip to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden was the reason most of this group had joined this trip and Saturday was that day! After around a 2 hour journey, we arrived in Sweden at the Jamboree site. We checked in with our tickets and took the shuttle bus to the main site. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as bright as it had been the previous day and we had a lot of rain, however, this didn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits. We had a guided tour of the Jamboree site before heading off to see the many tents that represented a whole range of different countries. There were many things to be seen and experienced; Korean drumming, arts and crafts and a bungee trampoline to name but a few. Everyone commented on the wonderful atmosphere around the site where young people from across the world communicated and shared this wonderful experience and I was honoured to be there!
The rest of the trip consisted of a bus tour, canal cruise, more sightseeing and plenty of shopping and eating – and the sun even made a spectacular appearance for our final two days which allowed us to see Copenhagen in all it’s glory!
I had a fabulous time and I just hope that the group did too – thank you for allowing me to share the experience with you!