Super Mario Land
After one and a half month at KISC you become used to many things that would seem impossible or incredibly stupid if you would see them anywhere else but are widely accepted here. One of these things is what happens when one of us loses or (as in my case) has his keys stolen by a generous co-worker. The penalty for this shortcoming is baking a cake for all the Staff and guests but also wearing a lumpy and heavy thing around your neck for a whole day. However annoying this was, it turned out to be a great thing because a few other shorties decided to have a kitchen party and helped me bake an awesome chocolate and nut cake, so many thanks go to Christian (DE), Ruxi (RO), Ana (PT) and Brad (ZA).
Another amazing thing about KISC is the guests that we meet while out on activities and such people were Anna and Oskar from Australia. This mother-son team is currently on a 4 month long trip in Europe and it was great hearing stories of their travels especially from 11 year old Oskar who asks a million questions. On the same climbing workshop I met Hansi and his gang of scouts from Vienna who went a bit crazy with pineapples during their stay here because they bought several and gave them names but still ended up eating them in the end. It was great to meet these guys and they were super generous by giving some of us Pinkies a scarf from their group which made me feel I am part of it.
By far the craziest thing that happened to me last week took place after an overnight climbing workshop during which I was at the Upper Hut with Matt (UK) together with a group of UK Scouts. Upon coming back to the Centre after a day of climbing and hiking I found the most unexpected scene in my bedroom. My North American best friend duo, Connor (CA) and Brendan (US) decided to give me a makeover since they insist I resemble a famous video game character. So when all I was thinking of was having a shower, I walked into my room to find it was actually a level from Super Mario, complete with an outfit for me to wear. At first I was really amazed and quite amused by this because they did put a lot of effort in it. But the novelty soon wore off when I saw that they had hidden all my clothes and I had to go down to dinner dressed up as Mario. After a dinner, which unfortunately contained no mushrooms. I had to search for my clothes throughout the New Chalet and after 2 days I managed to get everything back.
With things like these happening everyday and all the amazing people at KISC how could you not smile for a week or indeed a whole summer?