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Saturday, September 13, 2003

thats all folks

Well I never got to do that update from Kandersteg. I’ve just arrived home and everything went well. The bad thing is that I’m home and already I miss everyone and everything. It really was a sad day.
Happy Birthday to Mezer, see you in a few days when I recover!
I’ll work on a revamp on the website and work on my report to be submitted to my International Commissioner (if there still is one).
If you’ve being reading these while I’ve being over there, I hope you enjoyed it. If you’ve stumbled across this website, please read my entries, you hopefully will get a good feel of that it was like for me to volunteer my summer in Switzerland.
I’d recommend it to anyone, Thank you K.I.S.C. for my summer!
Slán,
Darran.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

tiko tiko tiko tiko


My teammate to the end! TIKO! Posted by Hello

window cleaning!


What! Posted by Hello

last time :*o(

Hey Hey,
Were nearly at the end of the season. 3 months came and went so fast it’s hard to believe that this time next week I'll be in college! But before we leave we have a few things left to do. On Thursday is our Staff Day Out, and what a day is planned... it’s going to be good fun, really good!! Looking forward to that, and then there is the packing, which is always fun! We also had our Departmental Dinner last week, which was a really nice night. And there is a few other things planned for us, but if you want to know, you will have to come on staff to find out!
A big shout out, as they say on the Radio, or Happy Birthday to Mary who is 17 today. Hope you have a good day!
I have my tickets ready and everything for my trip home. I'll leave Kandersteg on the 11:34 train, and my flight in Frankfurt is at 19:50. So I should be arriving into Dublin around 21:00. It will be a long day, with a lot of good byes in the morning; I figure I'll be at the train station on the hour every hour from very early in the morning!
I hope to put up one more update before I leave, but if I don't get a chance I'll be updating the website some time next week and tell you how everything went!
G'luck
Darran.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

house!


The House Manager... and the House Manager to be... Oh! and the Green Monster!! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

cows!


The Local Cows! Posted by Hello

normal life at kisc... normal?

How it going everyone from home, around Ireland and around the world!
Good good here. The season is coming to a close... awwwhhhh but still lots of things to do. The last two weeks everyone has being kicked from their departments and we all become departmentless short-termer's who will help out in whatever area of the centre that needs help. My last week was spent in CaMpSiTe! (said correctly) which I really enjoyed! It is a pity I only swapped into that department once the whole season. I also had my usual shop and catering as well as a few days off thrown in for good measure!
Speaking of which today I took a stroll up to a Mountain Hut (2548m) to complete my Gold Huttentest award! It was a really nice hike and a very nice day! Its funny that I always end up having good days off that are organized at the last minute! I've also got a trip to Milan or somewhere near there; it’s in Italy anyway, for next week. So I'm looking forward to that!
Tonight someone from the Geneva (World Scouting H.Q.) came to talk to us and get our feedback on the new award: Scout of the World Award. It will be launched around the world in 2004 but because we completed the award except for a report that we will do next week, we are able to receive the award! We will be the first in the World. It’s an award that tried to open people’s minds to Environment, Development and Peace. Overall I see that it has great potential and I will be urging my national association to take this on board, and it could be a good opportunity to develop the Rover sections.
But I'm sure you'll hear more about it in the future. Nothing else strange here. But because I am going home soon, I'm starting to look forward to it. A nice K.C.'s in front of the T.V. would be nice. But saying that, I'm sure if I was able to stay on longer, getting ready for new staff arriving, a new season and so on, I wouldn't even think about home!
Oh one last thing, I'll be checking all my logs with a proper spell checker when I get home!
Talk to you soon,
Darran.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

disco ready


Ready for the DISCO!! Posted by Hello

Sunday, August 17, 2003

2 out of 3 aint bad

Captains Log, Star date, one seven eight oh three.
Everything is going swimmingly, the moral is still high and the crewmembers are still getting on with each other. There was an incident last night, due to what we believe was an electrical storm. The sky's started to make noise and there were sightings of beams of light coming from nowhere. Then we lost power. It took engineering about two hours to restore power. During that time we could do nothing, no DVD's no music and there was a second sitting starting in the kitchen, so we had to wash dishes by hand. Also we lost communications, as the telephone system needs power to work. Overall the experience was enjoyable, a break from the usual, and then staff night out was cancelled! We all ended up in the staff room with lots of beer and drink, and a good night was had by all. And we had our hour sleep-in this morning as well, things couldn't get better!!
Yesterday marked two months being here and only four weeks left. The summer is coming to an end soon, but still there is guests, who we must remember are on their camp, and we must not forget that, because they have being looking forward for the last year for these weeks and saved much to come here. We all cant just sit back and not worry or work, because there is still jobs to do, like they have been done all summer.
Well I'm off now, a night of movies await!! And I'm off tomorrow! Yeah!
Darran.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

all down hill from here

How’s it going? And how’s things from your part of the world?
It’s being a while since my last update, so here is one to keep you updated with the goings on at Kandersteg International Scout Centre. Not much has happened these last few weeks, were just getting by. Well I say a lie there was things happening, but I will not say. You must come here to experience it for your self to find out what I'm talking about!!! So the last few weeks have being good fun, winding down from August 1st, but still about 700 on site and plenty to keep us busy!
I've also caught up with a few e-mails to different people, and I'm looking into going Skiing somewhere towards the end of the season, if its possible!!
One last thing, To all the Leaving Certers, I wish your the best tomorrow, and I'm sure whatever happens there will be options for you to take!
Good luck,
Darran.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

staff night out


August 1st team 2003, Staff Night Out! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

start!


Start of the Parade! Posted by Hello

getting ready


Scouts from all over the World, all celebrating Swiss National Day... August 1st 2003. Posted by Hello

after


After! Posted by Hello
Our Director had whats coming to her!

before


Before! Posted by Hello

crazy sole


Crazy Sole! Posted by Hello

the cast


Hairy Potters Cast! Posted by Hello

hairy


Hairy Potter! Posted by Hello

earth ball


Earth Ball!! August 1st Base! Posted by Hello

breakfast


All Ready for breakfast... Posted by Hello

august 1st team


August First Team, before it all started!! 2003! Posted by Hello

aug 1st

Now that was a crazy, mad, long, different, fun day. August 1st 2003, Swiss National Day. I'm not going to say anything about it, you can read what was said on the official website, but it is definitely something that much be experienced by yourself.
Thank you for e-mailing me, and I will reply as soon as I get a chance. Its good to hear from home and what is going on.
Well done to Damien on achieving his Explorer Belt! I'm not the only one in Carrigaline who achieved it anymore!!
I am also thinking of applying for Long-term staff for next summer. As College gets in the way, I'm only able to apply for a 4-month position. I'm thinking of going for Buffet Assistant or Campsite Assistant. It starts at the start of June and finishes at the start of October. It would be pretty cool if I got the job. I'd like to go for Shop manager but its 5 months, so unless CIT will allow me to sit exams in April I wont be able to!
Gotta go, talk to you some other time!
Darran.

Friday, August 01, 2003

its nearly here!

What a crazy few weeks... were run off our feet getting ready for August 1st, TOMORROW!!! I start work at 6am, which isn't too bad, I'm used to it from catering, but I won’t finish until nearly mid-night. I've being meaning to write in the log earlier but I kept on having things to do, like our second disco last night, which was pretty cool.
Happy Birthday to Julie on the 29th! Hope you had a great day, and. because I'll have collapsed by the 2nd, I wish Brick a Happy Birthday as well, and have one for me.
When things settle down a bit in another week or so I'll reply to your e-mails and send a load of e-mails to ye.
Anyhow, I need some sleep as there is a busy day tomorrow... and I'm kinda getting excited!!
Until the next time, Happy August 1st!
Darran.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

lizards!


one of many lizards you need to avoid stepping on! Posted by Hello

dancing at the disco

Still reading Harry Potter but I keep getting distracted... a lot of late nights. Hopefully will get to finish it before September! August 1st is coming up and plans are being put into action, we nearly know where we will be for every second and what we will be doing in those seconds from 06:00 in the morning until late into the night! Speaking of which, I'm just back from our 1st disco that we held down the village for everyone, there was about 300/400 people there. My jobs for the night were Bar at the start, then a bit of dancing and then some Police Duty, which meant I had to sit on the side of the road telling people to be quite coz its past half ten! I'm only just back now. Even thought some people will be still clearing up until 01:30 in the morning we still all have to be up for Thought of the Day at 8! Well what else happened this week? Today I lead my First Hike, but we turned back due to the weather. Oh the joys. That’s about it for this week, Keep an eye out on the official website for news or photos of me... Oh Happy Birthday to Catherine who was 20 last Sunday.
Hope your all missing me...
Darran.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

flag break


One of the Bigger International Flag Breaks on a Monday Morning! Posted by Hello

usual going ons in kisc

Hello from Kandersteg again!!
I had a very interesting week this week! Last Friday I had my first International Campfire with over 600 people attending. I was helping out making sure everything was running smoothly! It was a good night!
The start of this week was nice and interesting as I was on top of the roof of the old chalet cleaning gutters! That’s some height, and the scariest thing I've ever done, but pretty damn amazing! Then I had to cycle up to the upper hutt (1890m) in the rain for a climbing workshop the next day. I was very tired, but it was a good laugh! Then today I was put in charge of a Service Project, where I had to organize and make sure that a group of Spanish made a fence in the campsite and repaired a picnic table. We did it just in time for lunch. And just as I was finishing my lunch today, a voice from behind me says "Dia Duit!” I turned around to see Colm Doyle standing there! He was there with his whole family! I was shocked! It was a great surprise and I was delighted to see a familiar face in Kandersteg. I opened the shop for them and gave them a tour of the place! It was really nice to see them. Now I wonder when everyone else will be popping in to say hello!
For now I must go, I have the day off tomorrow and I have the Harry Potter book to read, so it might be a long night!!
All the best!
Darran.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

campfire


Me! Leading an International Scout Campfire! Posted by Hello

staff skitt


The One and Only, Famous KISC Staff Skitt! Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 10, 2003

settling in nicely

Hello from beautiful Switzerland!
Things here are great. Were getting on with all our jobs, I'm becoming quite good at the shop till and the early mornings in catering aren’t too bad. The staff nights out are a nice break and are varied from week to week. I've also visited Thun on a day off I was planning to spend in bed and relaxing around the place. It’s a nice city, and a load of crazy people jump into the nice clear blue, Freezing River and swim down stream. I also went for a swim in the lake just out side the city and it was very welcomed because it was very hot that day.
Yesterday and today were my first two swap days and I was in programme. Yesterday I was thrown into the deep end and told to run a stone carving workshop and a screen-printing workshop, but I managed! Today I was on a Cheesery Hike for my second time, with a group of Americans, and now, after today I can lead groups up on that hike on my lonesome! Next week I think I’m at the upper hutte and I’m doing a climbing workshop.
Between now and then there will be lots to do. Shop tomorrow, Catering over the weekend and then House. Its all pretty easy, not much brainpower needed!! I also had my first day on duty last Sunday. Duty being one of the three people each day that don't get a lunch break or a dinner break or a night off because you have to stay in reception to look after any tiny or major problems or questions anyone has, you also have to do all the check-ins (or campsite chickens) and be the one who must make sure there is someone sober in the chalet all night. So when we finished at half ten we weren’t able to head off to the pub for a quick one!!
Anyhow, I must go, see how the BBQ is getting on. The theme this week is Black plastic bag fashion!
Oh, and I'm guessing no one is coming over to see me because I haven't heard from anyone yet?! Talk to you in the future!!
Darran.

shop


Yes! You divide the number of francs by pounds and multiply it by euro! Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 03, 2003

happy birthdays

There are a few people that I have to wish Happy Birthday over the last few days.
Conor Crowley, the one who is a quarter of a Century on the 30th of June, Happy Birthday!
And Diarmuid! Happy 21st! Hope you have a Brilliant night! Sorry I wasn't there, but I'm stuck in Switzerland :oS
Darran.

steinbock


The Local Steinbock (i think) Posted by Hello

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

i'm OFF

Good morning, it’s my first real day off! I didn't have to get up early for thought of the day or breakfast, but I did have to get up early for a lift into Bern. I'm off with Bart (NL), Chiu (HK) and Christine (US) for a day out! Speaking of which there was a change in staff. Branco (YO) couldn't get a Visa to come here in time so they replaced him with Bart (NL). And Roufa (TZ) had to leave us because his English wasn't the best, but he promised to start to learn it and will be back next year.
Also, if you’re looking at my list of countries that are represented on staff, Greece isn't represented. I got confused with the GE that means Georgia, not Greece!! Sorry Tiko, I’ll correct it when I’m home!!
That’s about all the next I have at the mo, yesterday was the first real Kandersteg rainy day we had, but today is looking alright!
YiS,
Darran.

Monday, June 30, 2003

first day of work!


Me, Steve and Ellen... On my First Day of work! Posted by Hello

the team!


The Whole Summer 2003 Team! Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 28, 2003

i'm a pinkie!

On Thursday we had out last day of training. And then we were brought out for our graduation. It was a fantastic night, absolutely amazing and the best memories so far. Then on Friday morning we were showing a list of where we will be spending the next three months. I am in Chalet services, and this involves working in house, shop and catering. After my 1st week or two there will be a set rota of how I work. It will be 2 days in one part of chalet services, 2 days in another, 2 days in either programme or campsite and 1 day off. I get a very wide mix from around the centre and I am quite happy!
Our first staff night out is tonight, and we are off to a big lake where they show us a big projected film. It should be good fun.
Happy birthday to Peter who was 18 last Friday.
And thank all of you who sent e-mails, I don't have time to reply at the mo, but I will get around some time!
ATB,
Darran.

Friday, June 27, 2003

the hutt


Lunch in the Lotchenpass Hutt! Posted by Hello