Hello everyone, it's Louise here again.
For this and the next three blog entries my writing location is Japan and the campsite for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
We had a long way going here, both in distance and time. We left Sweden and Arlanda at the afternoon on Thursday 23rd, and we arrived to our first stop at Saturday 25th, one and a half day later. The trip included flying from Arlanda to Doha, some waiting for the next flight, and then flying from Doha to Tokyo. Finally arrived in Japan we did some waiting for everyone to come out of luggage claim and customs. Later on we went on the night bus from Tokyo to Miyajima Island where we stayed our first official night. It was a long trip and when we arrived to the island we were all sleep deprived and sweaty.
But there was no time to sleep. Quickly we fixed with our tents and packing, and after a great and well-needed shower we set our heads towards Hiroshima Peace Park. The peace park was really peaceful, but it was when we went into the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum when the real and heavy info started. At the Hiroshima exhibit there was written info but also pictures and some personal belongings from people who was affected by the nuclear bomb. Our interpretation of the museum was that they wanted their visitors to focus on the future, and at the same time have the past in their memories. For example, in the park there was a fire that will keep on burning until the last nuclear bomb is destroyed. Hopefully it will be soon.
All the ISTs came to the campsite Sunday the 26th, and the participants arrived Tuesday 28th. As they spent their first day with free time, we had IST job training.
And as the Jamboree goes on, participants have their daytime programs, we work on different hours during day and night, and we all meet at the supermarket where there's great air condition. (more info on the program's later on)
Even though we're in the great country of Japan the campsite is like a non-mans-land. All 33 000 scouts from 153 countries and areas live together, and will do so for 12 days. We are a large group with many different cultures, but we are all scouts so the whole surrounding is filled with a spirit of unity, which is the theme of this Jamboree. Wherever you lay your eyes you see scouts, tents and cultural clothing. And when you need help with something, everyone around you will do everything they can. As scouts, we are nothing more than just a big and friendly family.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if all people around the world would have this spirit of hearts towards each other.
Maybe someday we will.
(quite short) Breakfast line to the IST restaurant.
Some scouts from the Opening Ceremony.
A good example of how modern technology ease our lives.
Until next time, or until I melt away, have a good time wherever you are!