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Time for my adventure in Wales. I was going to work for a Dutch outdoor sports organization for Dutch travelers. Every week a new group arrived and the old group left. I was there with my collegue and friend Wilmke.
The day before I had to leave I finally got my contract and signed the papers. Next day, July 4th 2006, we flew to Liverpool where a friend of our boss, Timmy, was going to pick us up. When we arrived at 8pm there was nobody at the airport. We made a few phone calls but no answer. We decided to go into Liverpool centre and find a place to stay for the night. On our way Timmy called us back and came right to us. We had to wait a few hours. We went to a bar but got kicked out at 11pm. Closing time. We decided to wait with all our stuff in the city centre.
Next day we drove to the campsite, which lay between Betwsy Coed and Beddgelert at a large lake Llyn Gwynant under Mount Snowdon. We got our own corner on a huge field. I tought our boss had arranged every thing and we only had to set up it all. But I was wrong. We had to buy so much stuff! From camping equipment to outdoor gear... So we did. But we only had three days to arrange it all en set up 20 large tents. 10 of them fully furnished.
We had been lucky with the weather, but we didn't saw the sun any more after the first group arrived. When the group came it rained so hard all night that the first damage was done by the next morning and a single mother with kids decided to go back home because of the weather... The weight of the water broke two poles of the dinning tent.
Every week we had the same program: archery, canoeing, climbing, English breakfast, mountain biking, day trip to Dublin, hiking up Mount Snowdon and white water rafting at the Tryweryn River. A lot of fun.
I've been up to Mount Snowdon seven times.
Every week we also went to Dublin. Early morning we left to take the 9am ferry at Caernafon. British people were drinking pints for breakfast. You will never see something like that in the Netherlands. Only if they're addicts. I love Dublin. It's a great city! There are so many things to do and see, the ambiance is great and people are friendly. Dublin Castle, many cathedrals, the Guinness Brewery, shopping centre, Irish wiskey brewery, Trinity College, Temple Bar Area with the Temple Bar.
Unfortunately Wilmke had to leave after six weeks. I got a new collegue for the last two groups. The last week I was alone and had to break down the campsite. This week the weather was worse than worse... A few nights I didn't sleep because it rained so hard and the wind blew even harder that the pigs didn't hold. And I needed a bucket to get the water out of the tents. Never pack wet tents, cause they're going to molt and then you can throw them away. So I wasn't able to break down all the tents. The day I had to leave, to go back home, the weather was like a tornedo.
I had a great time, even the weather was bad, it simple sucked. But that is Wales. Don't look for much sunshine in Wales, but nature is great. Definitely going back some day!