Today was a quieter day than usual. We spent our day working on our country’s presentations, perfecting and practicing them throughout the day, asking each other for help and opinions from the rest of the group. Three of us however spent the day gliding with the Grenchen glider club, where we spent hours upon end in the skies above Grenchen, Biel and other local towns, observing the breath-taking views and landscape. The main group, after finishing their presentations, went swimming in the river Aare, where the views were also rather amazing. They observed the gliders as they flew high in the skies above. In the evening, the group came together again and headed into Grenchen, where we attended the annual Swiss national day ceremony. There we listened to their mayor give a speech, in which we followed with ours. The speeches were perfect, we all presented ourselves and our experiences during IACE. At the end we were presented with our own gift bags, to show their appreciation. During the evening we were treated to a firework display, in which an old IACE cadet, Peter Brotschi, from the 1970s spoke with us about his experiences, which was really amazing to hear about. Tomorrow will hopefully be another perfect day!
William (UK Cadet)