Thursday, 7 July 2016

Journey through London - Day 2

Today started with our first Flag Ceremony, and fortunately the rain stopped in time. Afterwards we gathered outside Pax Lodge for our official Event photograph. At 9.30am we started our WAGGGS session. Tadeja, Maria and Hannah had prepared a great programme with information and presentations about the different regions, along with games to play from around the world such as Kim's Game and Simbii. Kim's Game featured clip art from Ireland, but alongside the usual shamrock, leprechaun and pint of Guinness, there was a unicorn. We had to explain to a lot of excited international Guides that those didn't actually live in Ireland!

We also learned how to write our names in hieroglyphics and Linda, from the Friends of Pax Lodge Committee, showed us how to make Rakhi bracelets out of wool. We took part in some interesting games and exercises to explore WAGGGS initiatives such as Free Being Me, Stop the Violence, and World Thinking Day.

After a fun (and informative) morning, we set off on a round-London coach tour. We saw all the main sights - Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, statues and war memorials. Our guide, Moira, was full of fascinating facts about the history of London, the Royal family, and England's battles.

Next stop was the London Eye. The weather was clear and the views were absolutely amazing! Afterwards there was a race for ice-cream before we got back on the coach. Moira entertained us with sweets and quiz questions on the drive back to Pax Lodge. We came via Camden where all us girls eyed up the shops for our free time on Wednesday.

Before dinner we had our daily chore duty - this time it was to write up the news report of the day's activities. After dinner, we had a Pax Lodge quiz night. Our teams came first, second and third, so we were really proud! The day went really well and we're making loads of new friends from lots of different places.

~ Clodagh Butler and Nia Daly, Kinsale, Co. Cork

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