For one day our trainers planned a "legendary (but not so scary) outdoor part”.
Well, actually there were some scary lizards (or frogs? I can't remember.)
"Although it is not an official part of the training, but then again, you are not the official type of group."
Truth be told, at first it didn't sound all that special to me, but it developed into something unique.
Before the expedition started we were talking about where our destination would possibly be. I thought that it would be nice if we camped at the Danube river, but someone said that we would have to walk about 15km to reach it and that seemed quite far. Particularly considering the fact that we have to reach our destination on time for lunch.
Our expedition started at 11.30 on Wednesday.
"A boat in the harbour is safe, but this is not what a ship (you) is built for."
At first we got an envelope. There was a paper with 23 exercises/coded places to find in it. For each task we attained, we got a hint about the place where we were going to sleep. The first task was actually one of the clearest but at the same time also one of the most irritating ones: “Put your feet into the Danube.” We spent one and a half hours locating the places on the map. Then we decided to take a path in the direction of the Danube. On this way we were going to pass some other places that we were supposed to find.
By the way, here some facts about the rules: No internet, no money, no help from locals.
After two hours walking down the hill we reached the first location. I was already exhausted, firstly, because of my big backpack that was quite heavy. Secondly, because I realized that we can't accomplish all tasks in time, it just seemed impossible. It was really disappointing for me and then I started being upset. I thought it would be more fun^^
After another while we arrived at a village next to the Danube called “Dömös”. Finally! One of our tasks was to earn and (after that) spend money in this village. We thought about performing something as a group, but some of us didn't want to. So we kept on sitting next to the Danube, cooling our feet.
I was still focused on the aim and slowly I got the feeling, that I'd like to try to earn some money for the group on my own. I was able to get 150 Forint by cleaning some tables in a bistro nearby. I realized that this was actually fun and started getting motivated again. As we were sitting in a circle, listening to each other and talking about the things that were bothering us, suddenly all the pain and bad mood were gone. The way I see it, the list was nothing more than a hint for some probably nice places to explore.
I changed my point of view and I felt unbreakable.
From that point on I had such a great fun getting through the exercises and chasing the places on the list. The worse the pain, the stronger I got. Thank you, Nathan, for some great challenges in the canyon or counting fireflies as much as possible while we got totally lost somewhere in the deep dark woods. Fortunately we spotted the place on the map, where we were supposed to sleep. Another impressive fact for me: I couldn't imagine that we would reach enough places to find out our destination.
Indeed, at about midnight we arrived at the camping place. Completely exhausted we began to prepare the food, set up a place to sleep and collect some sticks for making a camp fire. Again, thanks Nathan for teaching me how to cut the wood-stick with an axe.
After a more or less comfortable night, we left at about 10am the next day. Now we had to decide whether we wanted to go the way back that we walked before or try an other path.
Exploring the Unknown and Unexpected was/is worth it.
Because of an amazing group and some magic equipment the trip became unique. Back to Square one – back to myself.
Köszönöm - Tack - Gracias - Obrigado - Grazie - Спасибо - Дякую - Merci - Хвала ти
(Thanks “Google translater”, puszi)