Up a creek with a paddle

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This past week I have been exercising my arms and resting my bum on a canoe trip. Four days of paddling, one day of chilling and six nights of camping with 45 other fun loving people. This tour was a couchsurfing group, but the company, Paddle with me, runs canoe trips all through the summer.

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There were 12 canoe of three or four people and we spent the days paddling the 120km downstream the Mosani-Duna River from Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor in western Hungary. Wake up time was around 8am, we all packed up and had breakfast and then spent the morning paddling – not strenuously mind you – and swimming in the river, found a shady lunch spot along the bank, ate giant sandwiches and napped and continued paddling and swimming to the camping spot which was twice a bit of open land along the river, once a private island and twice a campsite. We all had only one or two showers and got eaten alive by the mosquitoes, some got stuck down by a strange puking sickness, but all shared a great week together and made friends along the way.

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Day three on the private island

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Group chopping while our fearless leader, Zsolt, gets the fire going. I love the size of the spoon and pot!

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Our campsite on the island

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Lunch break

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My canoe: Hugo from Spain, Carly from the US, me and Patty, our Hungarian guide and navigator (he kept us paddling in the right direction, more or less)

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Day five on a meadow along the river. In the morning a farmer came along to herd his cows into the river for their morning paddle

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A good, old fashioned water fight, before another spectacular sunset

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All of us, tanned and sweaty and mosquito bitten and smiling

I took my hula hoop along for the paddle (it travelled in the trailer with our bags during the day). I got in some good practice and some of the others got into the swing of hooping too.

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