This was the 42nd year of our annual exchange with VFL Eintracht. Once again a great weekend was had by all with a busy programme.
On Friday we visited the Zoo, which is always popular: walked across the Suspension bridge; lunched at McDonalds and shopped at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway.
As our parents had to work on Friday and the gymnasts had school we had to hire a minibus to drive the German girls around. This was made possible by a generous donation of £200 from the Bristol-Hannover Council.
The evening was spent with host families who once again stepped up to the mark and looked after the girls brilliantly making all the girls feel very welcome.
Saturday was just as busy. We trained at Bristol School of Gymnastics for 3 hours in the morning. We exchanged gifts and then had lunch.
It was great to have a visit from Ann Kennard and the other councillors during the session.
In the afternoon we travelled to Avonmouth for 2 hours of Laser Tag and in the evening we watched a brilliant performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Bristol Old Vic.
Sunday morning was spent with the families who did various activities with the girls, Skating, swimming etc.
We met up again at the airport to find out that their flight had been delayed by an hour which meant they missed their flight from Amsterdam. This meant they had to have an overnight stay in an Amsterdam hotel and didn’t arrive home until 11am Monday morning. A disappointing end to a great weekend. We have already arranged 2020 exchange for December.