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Duke of Edinburgh International Award Trip to Kon Tum

16 March 2015

On Friday morning we arrived at the airport, all excited to trek but not expecting what was to come. The bus brought us to a tiny plane which was smaller than any plane most of us had ever taken previously.

Arriving at the village we were all happy to see that there was a shower and mattresses for us that night. We had a proper meal and slept for most of the night before being woken up by roosters and dogs at 3:00 am.

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The next day, after breakfast we were all ready to leave for the first and longest trek of 15km. In our different groups we left and walked in the sun. After the first 10 minutes we were all already tired but after a short break we were ready to leave again, this time for another hour. We took breaks and ate snacks to keep us going for the whole day. After a few hours we arrived to a river area where we needed to walk into water, at the start everyone tried to stay dry but it was soon inevitable that we would get our clothes and shoes dripping in water. We walked up a stream and got to a place where we could swim and stayed there for a while before leaving to continue walking.

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Soon after we arrived at our camp-site and in our pairs we built our tents. After around an hour of getting prepared we began to make our dinner which was quite an experience because most of us had never cooked in those conditions. After a dinner that ended up being quite good we made a fire in groups and sat around talking. Soon after that, it was time to sleep because it was getting very dark, so we each went into our tents and slept surprisingly well until the next day.

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We woke up early to walk back to the village and once we got there we took a last group picture and left for the Pleiku airport. Turbulence on the way back made some of us slightly nervous but what we mostly remembered from the trip was how much fun and how great of an experience it was.

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Loan Merlin, Year 10.