It is said that ‘all’s well that ends well’. The same must be mentioned, without any differences about the Project ‘Sport – then and now’ of Visegrad Fund. After three study visits (in Budapest, Wisła and Žďárský Potok), the time of the fourth and final stage has loomed. This time the students of our school together with their counsellors and colleagues from the schools of Haviřov, Žilina and Budapest took part in a three-day trip to Slovakia.
Our adventure began on 3rd June. On this day we set off and took the students of Haviřov, and then we went to the partner school in Žilina altogether. There, the headteacher and the students welcomed us, afterwards the whole group was underway to the camp site in Varin which is situated at the foot of the Malá Fatra range. Students from Budapest joined us in the afternoon. In the evening, there were some football and voleyball competitions, also some students could ride kickbikes (these scooters are very popular in Slovakia, where they are called ‘koloběžka’).
However, we experienced the most of attractions the next day. First thing in the morning we went to the village called Strečno. This place is famous for its flamboyant, medieval castle, unfortunately there are only ruins of it nowadays. In Strečno we were separated into two groups. Some people took part in rafting down the Vah river, while the other group went to the extremely popular raft dinghy there, in other words rafting on the river on a dinghy. Both of the attractions provided the participants a lot of fun and joy. It was not only the opportunity to experience rivalry, but also we were delighted by the the charm of the surrounding nature. We admired the beauty of the castle hill and sang songs too. All the activities were important to strengthen the relations between participants of particular countries.
After a short rest on the camp site we set off to the mountains, where we followed the trail called ‘Jánošíkove Diery’. It wasn’t a piece of cake to go this route. And suddenly the weather made a prank on us because there was a short downpour. Nevertheless, we were satisfied and smiling when we finished the trip. As if there were not enough attractions, at the end of the day an integration campfire was organized, combined with a shared feast. Singing songs and collaborative conversations seemed to be endless that evening.
Unfortunately, after experiencing such attractive time, there was the time to say goodbye on the third day. After breakfast, we felt thrilled and began our return journey.