Composing todays email to the regular soundtrack in the adult tent. Snoring. If they made it an olympic sport, boy do we have some top athletes! Well, today was climbing day. A mix of climbing up ropes to get up a rock face and traditional rock climbing - still roped on for safety of course! I was never up for climbing but went with the group to take pics and provide support. Some massive climbing skill from several. Others struggled more but pushed themselves anyway. Good support for each other across the group too which is good to see. Dave made a stunning effort, seemingly climbing using nothing but adrenaline! Not sure if he stayed still long enough to need hand and foot holds. After climbing some went swimming while others went to the labyrinth, a mass of rocks, tunnels and ladders. Then returned to camp for yummy curry. Dresden tomorrow for walking tour. On a personal note i'm starting to really miss Susan and the younger kids, but enjoying seeing rebekah getting so much out of the week.
Yesterday we had a real taste of why we drove all this way! Hiked up the Schramstein, a ridge of rocks a few miles from camp. It was hard going especially for those not really used to hiking but everyone made it. Hundreds of steps, a few ladders and some steep inclines lead us to some stunning views stretching for miles. In the evening we sang songs round a slightly reluctant camp fire and ate stew. Holly and Rebekah have been doing their mother goose bit, keeping us all well fed. Rebekah was pleased her mum taught her the sleeping bag slow cooking method which the girls used to good effect. Today we go climbing. Or rather they do. I shall be staying on the ground, hopefully taking pictures and making lunch. Our first early start today. I had hoped to email some pictures to go with posts but don't have enough bandwidth. May get faster connection in Dresden tomorrow in which case i will send some to update posts.
Filming this morning went really well. Improvements over last night were really noticeable. Some really good interviews and a great piece to camera recorded. Late leaving (again) because we wanted to keep going with the filming. Really could have stayed in jena for longer. Drive to camp site fairly smooth, aside from a couple of navigation related issues... Location is stunning. Right by the river. Also right by the railway so hoping trains not too frequent at night. Hiking on schedule for tomorrow. Time for bed now.
Arrived in jena yesterday about 430. We were late setting off as we couldn't get up as early as planned after our late night and 22 hour travelling day on thur. Fantastic hospitality here. Ever flowing food and drinks, all arranged by the small school we are staying in. We managed to film a couple of interviews but time was too short so i don't think those involved were completely happy with how it went. More interview opportunities today so hopefully we can build on yesterday's experience. Chris and I have been chatting with the kids about techniques for getting the most out of their interviewees. They are really starting to pick up on key issues. Just need to help them get those across well. Language barrier am issue to but the kids are using a host of techniques to overcome that - all of their own accord. They are really getting in to the trip.
I’ve had a couple of people ask me about the itinerary for the people in Germany, this is what I think is going on when, but I’m not 100% sure. Additionally there will probably be evening walks or swims etc. and more filming.
Travelling to Koblenz, sleeping over in church hall.
Travelling to Jenna, staying in a small alternative school, doing bulk of videoing, meeting German home educators.
More filming, tour of Jenna with some of the young people from over there. Moving on to Ferdinands Homestay in Saxony Switzerland (this is a region in Germany) setting up camp maybe a short hike.
walking tour in Dresden and visit to Dresdner Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”) general town stuff (shopping probably!!)
Some of the group mountain biking, some doing kayaking.
Travelling to Koblenz, swimming in leisure pool, sleeping overnight in a church hall.
Travelling home. Getting in about 9pm (hopefully)