Once again we awoke to amazing blue skies and the promise of yet another scorching day!
Breakfast and then on to the bus for the short run to Belgium and Bobbejaanland.
For those of you who have never heard of Bobbejaan Schoepen he was a Belgian singer and entertainer who founded the Bobbejaanland theme park.
The temperatures continued to soar and eventually levelled at around 33°C.
The adventurers struggled against the high temperatures and incessant sunshine in a very quiet park with almost no queues but despite these challenges managed to have a great day!
Cold drinks, ice-cream and water rides were the order of the day.
Our return to Hotel Op De Boud was delayed due to heavy traffic on the Belgium – Netherlands border which slightly curtailed the evening entertainment to bowling and karaoke only – no time for Mr Evans to get his nails done which has left him feeling slightly deflated; in previous years this has always been his favourite!
Calum Stevenson was the adventurer karaoke champion and it proved difficult to get the microphone out of his hand. A really strong boys group managed to show the girls how to karaoke.
Stuart Wilson was the staff karaoke champion – he is not being allowed to come back again!
Tomorrow we will be leaving Valkenburg for the start of the return journey to Prestonpans and since we will have no internet connection on the ferry, this is the final blog post from Valkenburg 2015.
We will be stopping tomorrow in Gouda for a couple of hours of shopping.
Hobanwatch – the very final episode.
Preston Lodge High School came to Valkenburg for the first time during activities week 2001 and we have returned every year since then. Valkenburg 2015 is the 14th consecutive year that around 42 pupils from PL have been part of this fantastic and memorable trip. For 12 years we have been guests of Hotel Op De Boud and over the years our itinerary has evolved. Some items have come and gone, while others have been ever present including Vera Hoban, our boss. Every year Vera has organised the travel reservations, coordinated the hotel booking, recruited the travellers, collect the payments, arranged the passport, sorted the insurance and managed with military precision to ensure that nearly 600 pupils have enjoyed a fantastic trip. Many of our current party have siblings, aunties, uncles or cousins that have been here previously, they now have a shared experience; same trip, same Vera, different time!
2015 will be Vera’s final Valkenburg trip as she is retiring in September.
On behalf of these 600 “other peoples bairns” and around 20 staff who have travelled to Valkenburg over the 14 years we wish Vera all the very best for the future – she has given us her very best in the past.
PS. In recent years Vera has come in for some stick from the writers of the Valkenburg blog posts. Few of these descriptions or comparisons have been entirely accurate, we really do love her – and she did smiled once in 2010…we believe.
Vera, Calum, Gareth, Jill, Stuart and Donald (our driver) would like to thank all of the parents and carers of the Valkenburg 2015 adventurers for entrusting us with the care of their young people. They have been great travelling companions, fantastic fun and a real credit to their families and our school.