Party Partys in the Kitchens Kitchens
Hola! That is about the only word I know in Spanish, but this week there is room for improvement. The first work party in this season is started which is the Spanish one. For those of you who do not know what a work party is, here comes a short introduction. Work parties are when a group of people comes for a week to help getting the campsite ready for the summer or do some deep cleaning in the buildings. This week 15 Spanish scouts are helping us out. Yesterday I was working with them at the campsite. Me and 3 people from the work party were oiling some new picnic benches, so they are ready for use. We were working hard to get the work done, but there was also time for some dancing and singing along to the music, which brought up a lot of smiles.
Music is the word that characterises the Spanish scouts. We have been invited to kitchen parties every evening since they arrived Friday last week and that has been some experience. I have never been to such fun kitchen parties before. Here at Kandersteg International Scout Center it usually only involves a lot of eating – mostly all the cake and whatever unhealthy stuff we can find in the fridge and on the shelves. BUT when the Spanish invites you to a kitchen party there is so much singing and dancing and all the kitchen equipment are used as instruments. To see how a group of total strangers can be brought together through music is amazing and for me as a Dane very different. In Denmark, we have a tend to be very reserve toward strangers and it takes some time before we start talking to one another.
A couple of days ago we played games to get to know each other which was a lot of fun, but also very dangerous!! We had to jump over each other and kiss strangers on their cheek. Lets just say that we definitely got closer in many ways.
We are not only partying outside this week. Yesterday a big deep cleaning party in the kitchen started. Every corner of the kitchen is being scrubbed and soon you will be able to see your reflection in the steamer. There is a lot of climbing on the kitchen equipment which makes the cleaning a lot more adventurous than a normal day in catering.
Oops! I totally forgot to introduce myself. My name is Anne and I’m (surprise!) from Denmark. I’m one of the shorties in this wonderful spring season and this week I’m smile of the week :D