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Hannah, aged 13, shares her diary of this 53rd year of our youth exchange with the German Sports Club T.u.S. 05 Daun...

The 2016 exchange started with a rather chaotic journey. After spending 18 hours of sitting at Dover waiting to finally get our ferry, we made it to Germany at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. We were scheduled to arrive at 7pm on Saturday afternoon! Due to the slight delay we decided to postpone the sports day to the following Sunday since Sam felt that this would give the German's an unfair advantage and they had planned the whole thing just so that they could win the prestigious football match. We managed to get a good night's sleep before heading to Trier the next day to learn how to be gladiators. After throwing ropes, using some spears and shields and some people even trying on the gladiator outfits, we headed to see the Roman baths then did some shopping and then travelled home. With Tuesday came another adventure as we went to meet the Mayor and had a nice tour around Daun. We were then supposed to go for a swim in the maar. However, sadly it was raining so instead, we went to the sports club where the English thrashed the Germans at dodge ball.
On Wednesday, we took the train to Cologne where many of us climbed the Cologne cathedral, all 533 steps of it, then did some shopping before going home for a house party. On Thursday we went to a theme park called Fantasialand and even though it was raining very hard we still had a great time and even got to see a few shows. Friday came along and we went to a zip lining place called Ziplin where we all had a lot of fun swinging between the trees. We then took a bus to Daun where we went to a volcano museum then on to an ice cream parlour where we had their specialty spaghetti ice. We had a family day Saturday then our sports day and barbecue on Sunday. We then went to the maar, a volcanic lake which we could swim in, unlike the previous rainy Tuesday. Unfortunately, this cut our walk around the Eiffel short! Tuesday was the rehearsals for the farewell concert then the actual concert in the evening, where the English did some quite frankly hilarious sketches. The choir even sang a few songs. On Wednesday came an emotional goodbye then a painless journey back to England, which seemed extremely short.

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