London to Lausanne and back again…(in a day!)

Last Thursday, 20/10/11, armed with two lap tops, five flip cams and two good cameras, Bianca, Claudia, Jake, Kaspian, Charlie and myself, set off from our North East London homes, before the crack of dawn and headed for Heathrow airport, destination Geneva, Switzerland..

Our mission for the day was to travel to The Olympic Museum,Lausanne, the former home and work place of the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement, Baron Pierre de Courbetin to meet with the people who run it, to check out School’s Olympic week, and to find out a bit more about the history of the Olympic Games.. just what are the ingredients that make up an Olympic Museum? – we also had a date with Andy and Emily from London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games’s (LOCOG) Get Set Network to check out their ‘Welcoming the World’ exhibition which is currently on display there..

We managed to squeeze a lot in to a very long day.. Highlights include the lovely staff at The Museum led by Head of Education Anne Chevalley, and the endlessly knowledgable and incredibly good-natured museum guide, Karin Waldman who made herself at our disposal for the day, she took us on a truly fascinating and insightful tour of the permanent and temporary collections at The Museum and managed to make even the tiny facts, fascinating!  check out some swimming caps from former olympians from all over the world on display!

We also saw the shirt that Ussain Bolt won the 100 metres at The Beijing Olympics.

Watching some of the SMJ’s have a go at Archery which one of the many activities set up as part of School’s Olympic Week -down on Lake Geneva just below the grounds of the Museum – , and meeting Samir Azzimani, Morocco’s first ever Olympian skier and passionate advocate for the importance of following your dreams to young Moroccans and future Olympians were other things that we won’t forget…

 

We arrived home just before midnight, a weary but satisfied crew! ..

More about this trip to follow and to read other blogs from the SMJ’s, check out  http://www.anewdirection.org.uk/socialmediajournalists and http://theheadstarters.wordpress.com/.

A Bientot!

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