Our bank holiday weekend IAESTE trip began on a sunny Friday afternoon in Glasgow, the drive down to the Peak District was enjoyable with everyone in eager anticipation. As we arrived at the Hollowford Centre we were greeted by fellow IAESTE UK members and the night’s festivities soon began.
The next morning started off with a short meeting between the four UK local committees followed with a presentation by Kjerstin of the London Committee outlining the use of the new IAESTE Portal website.
After a eating our lunch outside in the sunshine we headed off on our first hike, the destination being a local pub. The walk took us up the steep hill behind the Outdoor Centre, arriving at a plateau we were greeted with stunning views. We then headed along a ridge, soon ascending to the summit. After admiring the amazing scenery for a few minutes we began the decent. With a spring in our step, half an hour later we reached the quaint village of Hope, our efforts were rewarded as it transpired the local pub was hosting an Ale Festival. We sat down and rested our weary legs in the late afternoon sunshine.
Having returned to the Centre we tucked into a delicious Mexican style meal before the international hat party began. There were a wide variety of hats on display varying from the hilarious to the ridiculous but everyone was in high spirits. As the merriment continued we began a couple of games, the most challenging of which involved picking a cereal box up with nothing but your mouth. After several rounds the box was shortened to be mere millimetres tall with the winner of the challenge being Becks!