So yeah where to begin, i'll start by saying that no im no writer so i apologise in advance for any bad spelling/grammer/whatever. oh another thing im irish and im 16 so expect a fair amount of cursing (to quote tommy tiernan "the english language is like a big brick wall between an irishman and happiness, and fuck is my chisel").
im in scouts and every summer we go on a 2 week camp to somewhere in europe. before you make any accusations of "Z0MG SCOUTS R gAy L0LZ FAG" i'll say this my troop is like no other troop in that we dont do jack shit. i'll put it this way i drank more bottles of strongbow (cider < beer nuff said) than i tied knots.
im gonna talk about what i would consider the 3 big things that happened:
:the venture trip to germany
: trip to arnhem
:trip to amsterdam
For those who dont know ventures are baisicly older scouts (age 15-17) who get more freedom on trips and have meetings seperate from the younger scouts.
every year the ventures in my troop get a weekend to themselfs in a hostel of our choice (we have to organise it ourselfs though). so midway through the camp myself and the other ventures got on a train to germany and left the younger scouts behind (with the leaders obviously).
i cant remember much about my time in germany due to high alcohol consumption but this is what i do rembember
: being disappointed that they dont sell cider in germany ( i looked EVERYWHERE they just dont sell it)
: drinking lots of beer
: doing a shot of some drink i can't pronounce (yeger something?)
: doing drunken freerunning. it wasnt really freerunning we just jumped over fences, but when drunk on something you cant spell walking up steps feels like freerunning.
: running on train tracks
: geting off tracks just before a train came.
: gettin a lapdance from one of the girl ventures. sounds sleezy but we were both pissed so we didnt notice
: swimming in the rhine (sober obviously)
: goin on a rhine cruise (again sober)
: drinking beer again
: watching three of my friends get sick into a bag and put the bag onto the roof. our room was on the top floor so we lust put it outside the window.
thats about all i can recall of the venture trip.
for those who dont know arnhem is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of ww2, operation market garden. despite history being my favourite subject im not going to get into too much details about the battle just look it up on wikipedia (i am sure there are much better sites out there for ww2 information but whatever). while in arnhem we visited a museum in what i think was an old hotel once held by the germans, theres not much i can say about this its just a typical museum with guns and quotes lining the walls.
after the museum we visited a small nearby graveyard for those who gave their lives fighting for the allies.
it was one of the saddest experiences of my life. men some no more the a year or 2 older than me killed in the travisty that is war. its the quotes on the gravesstones that really hit home, there was one that made me cry it went something like this "a magnificent soldier and a brilliant son love mam and dad" writing it down here it doesn't seem so sad but when see it on a gravestone surrounded by hundreds like thats when it hits you.
being irish the section for members of the irish guards really inspired me, these men didnt fight for queen or country they fought for the people of europe, they had no obligation to fight but they did any way.
on a lighter note DRUGS!!! noting hardcore just one joint (white widow is what the waitress called it)purchased leagally from a caffe. this being my first time i got moderatly high quite quickly. theres not much to say really we just walked around smokin joints then when sobered up we went to an irish pub in the redlight district, left got high again bought one of my friends a hooker waited till he was finished (10 mins) then sobered up and went home.
so yeah thats my scout trip to holland i used a lot of less curs words then i thought i would, but what the feck can you do about that? obviously the leaders didn't know about what went on in amsterdam but i think this proves that the scouts isn't all tying knots and shitting in the woods. read