Another fun filled day! The rain poured all night ensuring that those of us scrambling the freezing streams were able to swim in the various rapids! Laughter rang throughout the hills as groups took to strolling the locality, enjoying the panoramic views. The mines also flooded for today’s climbing activity so all feet had a nice cold soaking. That said, no amount of water could dampen the spirits of our students or staff who thoroughly enjoyed each moment.
The tuck shop is about to open and the hot chocolate is ready. The staff are hopeful that students will sleep well after the action packed day enjoyed by all.
Bring on our last activity tomorrow.
7.1 & 7.5 both arrived safely.
After a quick lunch it was straight into an afternoon of activities. Students either scrambled up a very cold ghyll, went climbing in the mine, took in the breath taking scenary of the Keswick hills or accepted the challenege of the indoor climbing wall. Everybody had a great afternoon, despite the rain and chilly temperatures (especially in the ghyll).
Dinner was well received, dessert even more so! Options included chicken and chips, spaghetti or goats cheese. Sticky toffee pudding, ice-cream or chocolate mouse were the options for pudding.
The evening was spent building an orange roll tower, with Group 3 being crowned champions! After hot chocolate, it was off to bed for a well earned sleep, before a jam-packed day 2.
We have landed safely in London and are enroute back to Mancester. Please contact your child for updates.
A few thoughts from Mrs Charlton as we prepare for our journey home: edited by Lily Macfarlane
I think the best line of the week was walking back down from the heights of the 1000 year old temple at the top of the hill overlooking Angkor Wat… “Elephant coming past, oh… and there’s a snake here too!” Swiftly followed by said elephant plodding on by after splatting most of us in the face with his overly enthusiastic tail!
The most heart warming moment (to be honest there were so many!) was watching our students be present, immersed in the many moments when life simply stood still for us all. I was simply proud to be with them all, in that space, at that time. If only we had many more days to come.
There were many shocking moments over the trip. What on earth do I choose? Walking above the planks of wobbly wood keeping us from all of the dozens of crocodiles at the floating village in Siem Reap, waiting hopefully with open mouths, for one of us to drop in? Hearing “Mrs Charlton, they just put the tarantula on me!” when visiting the food market where crickets, scorpions and tarantulas were on display for a snack. Or perhaps the sudden realisation that I was watching people living in absolute poverty with my mobile phone in my hand to capture my experience-feeling the tug of war in my heart as I watched life from outside of the goldfish bowl.
Any other thoughts? Just these for now:
1 Best trip of my life!
2 I am privileged to know our students and to have been a part of our Vietnam and Cambodia family.
3 I have seen many wonders but nothing compares to seeing our students dancing in the rain, just in front of the lake before Angkor Wat. That memory will stay with me until my last day.
And finally…with thanks to Mr Humphrys and Ms Payne because none of the above would have been possible without their constant support.
See you at AGGS approximately 11.30 Saturday but we text updates when we arrive in London
The V&C family are on their way home 🙂
We have arrived safely back at Ho Chi Minh City Airport. We will be based here until our departure at 23:50, local time.
Our first morning in Cambodia was greeted with waffles, French toast and a lost passport! After scouring the hotel our new guide Kien came to the rescue and we were off.
Our buses dropped us off in quite literally paradise. One of the seven wonders of the world Angkor wat did not disappoint. After an amazing tour with just about everyone back, our bus dropped us off for some well needed drinks.
Soon after we were all become Angelina Jolie and were immersed into the location tomb raider was shot. It was our lucky day as kien taught us some iPhone tricks to capture the breathtaking views of trees, temples and sweaty students.
This was followed by lunch in the jungle amongst lizards and spiders (to mr Humphrys delight). By bike or bus we all made it to the big deal… Angkor wat temple! All was perfect and as we begin to walk up: the rain starts- typical! Nevertheless we explored the biggest Hindu temple in the world and were speechless- especially when we met the monk Jack whitehall saw!
Then we got the shower we’d been in need of all day. Despite our monsoon encounter we climbed up the hill for an amazing view of Siem reap. And with steep steps and the odd tumble and snake we made it down in tact.
Finally we head out for the night with a show! We saw many stories told through dance and costume. Following this we went to yet again another market before heading to bed. Overall a day none of us will never forget.
By Emily, Year 12
We have arrived safely in Cambodia 🇰🇭
Yet another early start (yay!) for our long drive to the Mekong River. During the drive we had a break at the most beautiful rest stop, after which we made our way to our river boat which took us island hopping along the iconic delta.
First stop: Unicorn Island where we were treated to fresh Vietnamese fruit, homemade honey, traditional music and an amazing river boat experience.
On the second island we enjoyed a filling Vietnamese lunch and a fresh coconut on a tour of a fishing village, which we smelt before we saw.
Once we arrived back in Saigon, we had a quick stop at Ben Than market where we practised our newly acquired haggling skills. We then made our way to the Saigon Opera House to watch ‘Ter Dah”; a dance production explaining the lives of idegenous Vietnamese tribes. The acrobatics and tricks in the show amazed us, from dancers balancing on each other’s heads, to spinning upside down from ceiling (we felt dizzy just watching).
After a quick dinner we went back to the hotel for bed, which we had definitely earned after a wonderful (long) day!
By Hana, Tara, Lena & Aisha (Year 13)