And we continue working @Porsmörk @ServiceLearning #IBDO #IBCAS

Isabella Groenevik again; she could not have described our day better!!! but just to be clear, we teachers had a map and know “roughly” where we were heading to…

“Today started out as smoothly as every other day. The small drizzle in the morning gradually turned into sunshine and tired frowns turned into grins of excitement; we were ready for our second day of work. We made our way to the campsite and immediately started working on various tasks. We finished laying out pathways, building birdhouses, planting trees and clearing out willow trees. The action-packed morning was then followed by a well-deserved lunch. It was only after we were told we were about to go on a 5 hour hike that people started reaching for second helpings of fruits, nuts, cakes and cookies; food was our fuel. We eagerly set out on this physically demanding activity buzzing off of hot chocolate and marshmallows. No map? No guide? No problem. Small hiking games and conversations were soon exchanged with heavy breathing and tunnel vision. “I just have to take it all in” we said as we gazed at our surroundings, it was definitely unlike anything we had ever experienced before. We even passed a troll church, or the ‘Tröllakirkja’. I feel like this name was very suitable as once we reached the opening of the church we were huffing, puffing and growlin – just like trolls. After roughly 1.5 hours of hiking on the narrow, mountainous and meandering trail we were faced with the ultimate decision: continue on the extended path or go home. We split up and went our separate ways, both of the groups completely unaware of what to expect. The trek back was equally as tough and we were too scared to even begin to imagine what the extended group was getting up to. We finally made it back after 3 hours and even though we were eager to rush to the showers all we could manage was a tired and slow crawl; we were exhausted. As we were tucking into our delicious dinner the other group finally made it home. They were exhausted but were extremely happy of what they had accomplished. We were certainly impressed. Tonight will definitely be an early night, let’s hope for no sore legs tomorrow! ”

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About DrAbella

Originally from Barcelona where I studied Biochemistry and did a PhD on Diabetes. Moved to France to continue medical research on cancer for a Post-doc. Something was missing and decided to try a year of full-time teaching. Starting my 10th year now, 10 years internationally and loving it.
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