Report of the meeting
Cédric was with his scouts (aged 14-16) for a weekend in Paris. Paula and Kazam were on a holiday in Paris.
After Akela NDE met Cedsib, LnL and their scouts near les Halles, they enjoyed a bit of bike to Palais Royal and then the Panthéon. There Cedsib, LnL and the scouts went to find a kebab fast-food to have lunch, while Akela NDE tried desperately to communicate with Boogie who was near the Louvre palace. After they decided to meet in front of Notre-Dame cathedral, they finally succeeded into meeting after crossing twice without noticing each other's neckerchief. They quickly had lunch in the same kébab than the others which they had met, while sending SMS to Kazam that they would be about half-an-hour late.
Finally all participants managed to meet each other under the Eiffel tower around 15:00PM, where Kazam and Paula had been waiting for an entire hour with Bono, that they didn't knew. Then first, of course, we decided to conquer the Tower. It is a bit difficult task to securely get a group of scouts to high places … But after all knives and suspicious backpacks were left outside our group was ready for climbing. It takes about 680 steps to second level of the Eiffel tower, but everybody was able to climb them. There was a magnificent view to the city, and we took some pictures of us.
Back to the ground. All Cesdib's little scouts were counted (not a single one missed, a good performance) and it was time for them to leave for home with Hélène, after thanking Kazam for the Finnish chocolates he had offered all of us. Cedsib, Akela NDE, Kazam, Paula, Boogie and Bono continued to the Trocadéro, where a tourist took a nice picture of us with the Eiffel tower in background, and then to a nearby French-fashioned "bistrot" to have a drink. We discussed about scouting in our countries. Akela NDE made many corrections to the French part of the Scouting Dictionary.
Scoutopedia presented a challenge to Partiowiki. French are determined to reach 3000 articles before Finns! Also some new ideas were presented. One of them was that ScoutWiki should be somehow promoted at next World Jamboree in Sweden. Another one was to increase the complementarity between the ScoutWikis and the Scouting Dictionnary, whose entries should provide links to the corresponding articles in the wikis.
Then it was time for Boogie to leave to Switzerland. Rest of the meeting took a little sightseeing walk (and subway) in Paris and found a small restaurant for dinner. During the dinner, French were relieved to hear from Kazam that there are daily backups of the server that hosts ScoutWiki. By the end of the dinner Cesdib and Akela NDE joined Nettipartiolaiset and gave membership fees to Kazam.
After that, Cedsib took his train home, Bono his subway, as the remaining three took the same subway line to their sleeping places.
All in all, it appears that ScoutWiki Days in Paris was a very nice success.
- Paula's photoalbum http://pmeurone.iki.fi/scoutwiki/
- Akela's photoalbum http://picasaweb.google.fr/jeoire/ScoutWikiDays02032008
- Or at least to pass them one day or another, the sooner the better.