The letters of our thoughts are the ideas present in our mind before they come to realization . . . Thoughts that are, yet not felt . . . The words of the subconscious . . . of the soul . . .

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Rest of my Summer I



Photos marked
* were taken by the Amazing Yankel ** by CYFried and *** by The Flying Dutch Jew
all others were taken by me.


After leaving Petersburg over three weeks ago (Have I been gone for so long?) I went to good old Vilnius for a Shabbos.
Leaving with the campers the day after Tisha B'Av, we flew to Frankfurt, with a stop off in Prague. Landing in the the airport, the assembled campers and counselors, now joined by two grandchildren of a lady who lives in Lithuania (more on them later) and L. (last year known as Harry Potter) who has since moved with his family to England, we set off with
Our bus driver, a Frenchman who spoken limited German and was not entirely familiar with the Bundesrepublik Deutschland's roads, was given directions by Americans who spoke a language similar to German (Yiddish) on a bus of children who spoke Russian, Lithuanian, English or German, but never more then two of the four languages . . . Yes another Summer in Camp had begun.

Click on the link to see part one of:

A Lithuanian Camp in the Alsace Lorraine

I have many nice photos of various trips and events in camp, but to keep things manageable I've decided to limit each post to no more then thirty or so . . .
Thus a tour of the town we were staying in, Phalsbourg, will be saved for later. For now it suffices to say that the town is a picturesque French town nestled in the hills of Lorraine. Our place of residence, a hostel known as the Centrez Europeen de Rencontres, was at the edge of the small town -and made an excellent base of operations.


Campers enjoying a light game of ball



Menachem drawing a Talles Koton


Our first day we made relay races . . .








Let the games begin





and a bean hunt culminating in a grand raffle . . .






'Harry Potter' went 'Emo' this year . .




The two 'German' brothers . . . "Fritz" and "Sigmund"


Lunch in camp


Yarmulke decorating a few days into camp:


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The Grand Carnival . . .




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and of course soccer . . .




Sigmund on the dangers of Soccer




I must admit, this post is not realy a post unto itself . . . I don't find much interest in going through the day to day of camp (though we all had a great time), and most of the pictures in this post aren't as interesting to those who weren't in the camp (though I hope a few of them were) -so if you feel somewhat dissapointed, consider this a warm up for part two of A Lithuanian camp in the Alsace Lorraine . . . Stay posted.


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9 comments:

chaviva said...

The colors in that sky are absolutely vivid and brilliant! I love it!

Glad to have you back :)

Mottel said...

Wow that was fast
I loved that shot as well -it's one of my favorite . . .
I've had trouble uploading a few videos for the post on Youtube, so I'm in the process of putting them up on Google video -so check back soon!

Leora said...

The kids look like they are having a marvelous time in camp. Yes, you are right, I am looking for pics of Lithuania, but nice to see happy kids, too!

Great sunset.

Mottel said...

The camp was in France so there won't be any Lithuanian shots in this series of posts -but look back through my posts tagged Lithuania, Vina, Kovno etc. for many wonderful pictures!

chaviva said...

The videos are great! If only I knew German ...

Mottel said...

Well after Modern Hebrew . . .
In truth, I put the video up not so much for what he said (that a soccer player died suddenly while playing) but rather for how he spoke . . . his thick German accent was incredibly funny to the counselors.

shira0607 said...

The kids look like they had a wonderful time.

CYFried said...

What!!!??? No puddles???.....

Ok i'll lay off. It was just too tempting.

Get Your Picture said...

amazing pictures.
Thanks