This year was the 15th. Visit to TuRa Bergkamen for the Dewsbury Dolphins Swimmers. Over the past 31 years.

Friday 25.10.2013.

We departed from Dewsbury at 05:00hrs In the rain.
Due to the M1 closed at jn 19 to 18 we have to make a detour to the A1M via the M18 Sheffield. We have to change drivers at Peterborough service station. (Robert) Takes the wheel for the rest of the trip to Germany and back. The rain stops as we move south to Dover, so we have a calm ferry crossing.
We then have good weather up to the German boarder. Then with 100klm. to go back came the rain all the way to Bergkhamen.
Arriving at the drop point at 22:30. in the rain. Eventually host families and guests were paired off and departed for home, refreshments and a good nights sleep.

Saturday 26.10.2013.

A relaxing day with the host families, some of the group visit  Maximilian Park in Hamm.  In the evening the Welcome party/disco at the Marina Runthe 19:00 to 22:30.

Sunday 27.10.2013.

With the host families part of the group visit the ZOO at Munster, then back for an evening meal at 18:00 for Adult only at the  Restaurant California Am Yachthafen  in the Bergkamen-Runthe marina.

Monday 28.10.2013.

Visit to   Wasserwerke Westfalen  (The water works north Westfalen). Followed by Bowling at Recklinghausen with a buffet meal.

Tuesday 29.10.2013.

Full day outing to  Movie Park  Bottrop a theme park. Despite a depressing weather forecast, the day remained mostly fine and the youngsters enjoyed the day. Evening entertainment provided by Klaus Hoffman for adults only.

Wednesday 30.10.2013.

A visit to the football Stadium Borussia Dortmund BvB 09, This included a guided tour of the reception area, the changing rooms, down the players tunnel to the playing field. Sitting in the manager and players vip seats. We thanked the guide and had a look round the museum and BvB 09 shop. In the afternoon a visit to the inland waterway museum in the town of Duisburg. Then back to the TuRa swimming pool for the Club competition. You may guess who got the cup?

Thursday 31.10.2013.

We visit the open cast mine at Garzweiler this is to the west of Cologne. Lignite extraction by RWE Power AG from this and other open cast mines totals 100 million tonnes a year.    For Further information click here

At 20:00. the evening adult party at Manfred Grosser

Friday 01.11.2013.

The shopping day for the ladies to  Osnabrueck,  this was the first time we visited Osnabrueck and once again the weather was kind and a good day was enjoyed by all. In the evening a farewell disco was held at Marina Runthe. We were presented with various gifts. Mr S Hughes addressed the gathering. Thanking the host families for a nice week and expressing the hope that all present had enjoyed visit.

Saturday 02.11.2013.

Early departure of guests, smiles, hugs and tears before the coach departed at 07:00. Good timing to the ferry but every one had to leave the Bus with hand luggage to go through the customs. Back on the bus and a calm crossing back to Dover. By this time the wind had increased and it took the ferry 45 minuets to dock for unloading. We had a good run through the British customs and out of the port of Dover. Then the rain and even higher wind made the first part hard work for Robert the driver. A break at Trowel on the M1 and change of driver for the last part run back to Dewsbury.

Once again the visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Here's to the next time!

Our thanks to Heike and Manfred Grosse and all the host families Ritterswurden, Tebbe, Gossling, Lukas, Zwickenplug, Plett, Fittkau, Janssen, Worch, Dasler, Neumann, Fluss, Beyer, Hentrup, Ehrhardt, Enge.

A big thanks to Klaus Hoffmann for the use of his cellar bar for the Tuesday night party

Report by Mel Jackson for the Dewsbury Dolphins and TuRa Bergkamen German Exchange. 23:November:2013.

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