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Our first County Adventure to the Baltics

Becky Patten and Sarah Martin led our first County International Adventure to Poland and Latvia with six girls from around the County and a group from Girlguiding Sefton in August 2018.

Our adventure began at 3:30am in Departures at Manchester Airport with our flight to Gdansk, Poland. We were greated at Gdinya Train Station by Grzeg from the Polish Scouts who took us to their Scout Cottage which would be our home for two nights! Whilst we were there, we had the opportunity to be a day visitor at the Polish National Jamboree (the warm up event to European Jamboree 2020) which was a fantastic experience for the girls. They got to try traditional food and take part in on site activities for the day.

Our trip then took us on a train to Warsaw for a city break. Here, we did a lot of sight seeing, took part in a bike tour and spent an afternoon at the lido! We had the best time walking around and taking in the culture that the city had to offer.

We then embarked on an epic journey to Riga, Latvia, via an overnight bus. Thankfully, we were all so tired that we slept most of the way! We were straight on a train to Sigulda National Forest; we stayed in a glamping village in the middle of the forest which was spectacular. We visited Park Tarzan which was like 'Go Ape' which really put us all out of our comfort zone!! We ate at local restaurants and had a relaxing time at our glamping village.

Our final stop was Riga for one night. We completed a self guided walking tour, visited some shops and enjoyed afternoon tea as well as our final meal in a traditional Latvian eatery. We experienced The Riga Ghetto & Latvian Holocaust Museum which was a time for reflection and understanding of Latvian history and finished our adventure with a boat tour around the Riga Canals.

We had eight days of adventuring around Poland and Latvia and we were sad that it came to an end so quickly. But, we had a fabulous time together and really enjoyed our debrief day at Dino Adventure Golf, followed by a Nando's!!

You can read our full adventure on our Instagram Account: @girlguiding_baltic_adventure

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