Caroline Bryce (Leeds)
Wednesday 26th of August 2015
In August, five daring students from the Leeds University Scout and Guide society ventured to Luxembourg on a 10 day explorer belt. Our project was to look at how in a globalised world, how is Luxembourg keeping its national identity. This allowed us to travel across the borders into neighbouring France, Belgium and Germany to make a few comparisons. One underlying motivation for the trip was to promote adventure beyond Scouts and Explorer sections and that there are still things to achieve and adventures to undertake.
During our time at the European Scout Centre in Wiltz we cycled across to Bastogne in Belgium in search of chocolate via the American World War memorials.
After the first couple of days in Luxembourg city and our day trip to Metz where we got thrashed at volleyball by some local French children
For our final comparison, we headed over to Trier in Germany which is an old roman city and full of Catholic churches. Here we sampled more ice cream, more churches and visited the Car Marx museum.
Our next challenge was to see how much of Brussels can we do in 4 hours. Turns out quite a lot, we visited a chocolate museum, sample chocolate, bought chocolate, visited the Grand Place, the peeing boy fountain, had lunch, and grabbed a Belgian waffle on the way back to the station before catching the Eurostar back to the UK.