Thursday, July 26, 2007

Standing in a Queu

Now that there are 9000 people sharing facilities, there are lines for everything.  That should improve once everyone is working their job all hours of the day.  The lines are fun though as people find a way to entertain themselves.  Unlike the US, most countries organized their IST workers into contingents and know each other well.  They will spontaneously since songs or cheer to break the time.
I was a bit surprised by how young most workers are.  It makes sense as the ones who have time are young or the retired.  Most Americans are like us - middle aged and mostly male.  My estimate is that the other teams are between 18 and 25 and equally split between men and women. 
It is quite fun to hear the many languages and to strike up a conversation with someone.  Most will speak English easily but others require some jesturing too.
Tomorrow the youth will arrive and really turn up the volume.  We toured the main area which is still being set up.  It is much more compact than AP Hill was for the US Jamboree.  The walk from one end to the other is no more than 30 minutes.  The Hylands manor is in the middle with a beautiful garden in the back.  It's an oasis in the middle of scout encampment.  More later.