We started at 8.00 for Lake Seliger. Unfortunately the mentioned heavy rainfall some days ago destroyed a part of the road 20km away from the source of the Volga so we had to change plans. The three hours ride in the busses allowed some extra sleep for those who had a rather short night.
At Lake Seliger there were three events: at first there was a show of local traditional dances and songs, then all iGeo participants were split in two groups and had either a first boat tour on the lake or visited first a beautiful monastry before taking part in the other activity. From my personal point of view I hope future excursions will show more geografical content – this time the major part of the trips had the emphasis on rather touristic showcases about history, religion and cultural representation.
We returned about 18.00 to the Computeria but had a spare hour before lunch. After that all leaders and observers met at the meeting of the international board (IB) and the reflective team leaders’ meeting. During these meetings we learned that there will be 13 gold medals, 27 silver medals and 40 bronze medals awarded. But the winners’ names stayed secret until the closing ceremony. As the tests were difficult, the very best scored overall 80.9 marks (out of 100). The lowest bronze medal had 57 marks. Half of all participants will return home without a medal but full of unforgettable pictures, experiences and new friendships.
And here is news about Beijing 2016: The iGeo will take place close to the olympic camp in the Beijing Conference centre. The maximum number of participating countries is 50. Everybody will have 2-bed-rooms with internet connection (no WiFi). The order of tests will be different from this year’s order and there will be (touristic?!) excursions to the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. The iGeo 2016 begins on august 17th and ends august 21st.
The final fireworks opened with a cloud of blinking balloons flying up in the night. Two firedancers whirled fiery sticks and rings around while the sky was illuminated with pyrotechnics. The choreography between the music and the firework was stunning. Then the disco started and the end of the stay in the Computeria rapidly came closer.
Some teams will not take part in the closing ceremony in Moscow because of early takeoffs, so it was already time to start to say goodbye.