A little bit of this and a little bit of that... and more!
It happens to everybody during the year where you have some weeks which are apparently calm. Well, apparently.
We had such a week, last week, it felt like not much was going on at the beginning, and the quietness of the Chalet could have lasted forever. For a minute we even thought the new Reception Area floor would have been closed forever forcing us back to the outside walking route. Well, this did not last very long and our apparent calm days turned out to be exciting, satysfing and hectic! It was a mixture of many little things, a little bit of this and a little bit of that which gave all of us challenges, good laughs and excitement.
As many of you already know we are currently renovating the USA room, we started at the end of the Summer and we are now almost done. In the last few weeks our Maintenance Assistant - Chris (UK) and the STS have been completing all the walls, floor and the ceiling (also with the help of some external companies) and they are now making the beds, the table and the night light system. The night lights have been the very new and interesting feature of the work as they are not just light fittings with bulbs but LED lights! Chris and the electrian fitted all these eco-friendly lights in the room; you can imagine how nice it was to see the result in the end! Soon we will proceed with the cleaning of the room and we will place all the decorations, chairs, pillows and duvets in the room. We are just one step away from the successful conclusion of the project.
While some of the Pinkies were playing with electrical cables others have been sent on a mission to the Jungfraujoch with a very special guest. Mr. Simon Rhee, International Commissioner of the Korean Scout Association and member of the World Scout Committe, came for a visit to the Alps. He stayed in the Chalet and spent some time chatting with the Pinkies and wandering around the Centre and the village to discover more about the Permanent Mini-Jamboree. During his stay he also enjoyed a day trip to the top of Europe, the Jungfraujoch, accompained by Tom (IE) - Programme Director and he evalutated and discussed the possibility of renewing the Korean Room. It was very nice for all of us to meet Mr. Rhee and to see him always so smiley.
Once Mr. Rhee left, we welcomed our new Administration Assistant - Kaspar (CH) and our new Programme Administration Assistant - Paul (NL). These two shiny and happy people are now fully occupied with training, there is a lot for them to learn and experience in the coming weeks before Winter starts! They have also been helping around with some other little jobs such as proof reading text in German and cleaning around the ground floor and moving furniture. In the coming days the new High Adventure Assistant - Hannes (SE) will arrive too. In case you are interested in joining our Staff team then check out the Staff area on the website and do not miss the new LTS job positions!
So lots of excitement and things to do, either cleaning, cooking, attending and running training sessions, building shelves, carrying leaflets and getting to know new people! Cherry on top: snow, lots of snow!
Snow, snow, snow, snow.... 48h of non-stop snow! Plenty of powder for some skiing and snowball fights. At the same time the snow came down, the Pinkies enjoyed building a gingerbread house and candle making in a real Xmasy atmosphere.
It is now time to focus on and enjoy the last week of this Autumn season. This is the time to enjoy once more a strange clam feeling and then get surprised by long and marvellous days made out of little-big things, all different, all important. Days made out with a little bit of this and and a little bit of that.
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)
PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT