The participants of Path #45 visited “De Windhond”, a windmill in the city of Woerden. They were told about how the windmill works and the view from the top was worth climbing the steep steps. The mill is still used two times a week to make flour and there is a permanent miller.
The canoeing trip to Woerden took about two hours, which was challenging for some, as it was a first time. For all Rovers and Rangers canoeing on the canal in the middle of streets was something new. Some said the canoeing was a little tiring. Some said it was challenging with new people when you were also trying to get to know each other.
The participants had some time off after visiting the windmill, so that they could prepare for the 15 km hike the next day.
The Rovers and Rangers of Path #050 stayed on the coast after leaving The Hague. After the first night on their Path they could wake up with a fantastic breakfast, which gave them the strength to continue where some VIPs had started on during the day of the Opening Ceremony; Cleaning the beach. It turned out that walking around in the sand doesn’t get much easier after a few days. Afterwards they had some time off at the beach and they could go for a swim or try and find interesting animals. Fortunately they didn’t see any sharks.
The participants of Paths #043 and #044 stayed in The Hague and the first night was all about getting to know each other. They had an international evening and they shared typical delicacies and learned new games and cultural stuff.
These paths included exploring the city and there were guided tours on Dutch history. The participants felt welcome as everyone smiled to them and said hello. The government of the Netherlands sits in The Hague which made it a good place for activities concerning democracy. The participants visited political institutions and some thought it was impressive to be in the county’s political centre. They discussed many things they would like to change, for example that English should be available for everyone, everywhere. They also created agendas for political campaigns and talked about different views and opinions on different subjects with people from so many countries. Everyone could join in and the Rovers and Rangers felt they could freely express their thoughts without the fear of immediate judgment from others.
There was a lot of mixing and mingling going on in the evening. The atmosphere was very cheerful and it was clear everyone was very happy to meet new people and learn about each other. Some played cards and some got creative in acrobatics.