Photo comp: Milena Maria Krzeminska, Spain
Milena Maria Krzeminska
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Favourite memory of the Award:
I loved the actual journey the most, as it really made everyone involved closer and allowed us to learn so much: skills, and overall resilience. My favourite memory was us sitting down for breakfast: it was freezing (it was 7am and still quite dark), windy and we were all terribly sore, but somehow everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
I think the biggest challenge of all was the preparation journey, as we were inexperienced and i took too many things, and a bag which added on a lot of weight too. On that day we walked 18km, got lost a few times and went down a valley from which it took us an hour to come back from. We also had to cross a freezing river in the dark and we were the last group to come back to the tents. A lot of tears were shed that day. I remember hating it in the moment, but at the end of it all i was so glad I went and I could not even remember the bad parts.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
I grew to really enjoy piano and scientific projects, so this year for the Silver Award I will definitely continue with these activities and maybe even search for a career surrounding music.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
For our Award journey, we went to Tarifa, Andalucia. I was very excited when I found out as, when I was younger, I used to dream of camping in a tent, under the stars, and so close to the sea. My expectations were high, and Tarifa did not disappoint. My group and I drew a route sloping around many beautiful hills and mountains, and then along a beach and going through a National Park, the dunes It was gorgeous and we created a video as our goal, which showed the fauna and flora there. The photo shows my three friends walking in front of me, discussing when exactly we should stop for lunch.
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