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Our Cabaña

After months of fund-raising, applying for grants from various organisations, scrimping and saving, the day had finally arrived!

We set off at 2.00am from Birmingham Airport to Mexico City with seven other members from Girl Guiding Leicestershire, along with two leaders, for a 10 day stay at Our Cabaña.

We arrived in Mexico City and were greeted by two vibrant Mexicans jumping around, waving madly to get our attention, to take us to the youth hostel where we spent the next two days touring on an open top bus and lots of walking, as Mexico City is the world's third largest city We reached our destination, Our Cabaña in Cuernavaca, one of the four World-Wide Guide Centres, on the Monday morning. It was so exciting meeting all the new girls we were going to be with! They were from all around the world: Mexico, Surinam, Canada, and Lancashire to name a few.

Over the next 10 days we visited many places including Cuernavaca itself with its small and large Aztec pyramids. We shopped in Taxco, a town famous for its silver and visited several markets. On one day we stayed in Our Cabaña to complete a service project. Each of the countries had to organise an activity with children from poorer areas of Cuernavaca. We welcomed the children in the morning and carried out our planned activities throughout the day. It was a really rewarding experience to work with the children and to see them all so happy.

It finally came to saying goodbye to everyone at Our Cabaña so on the last night we ended with a Fiesta! We ate lots of Mexican party food, played piata and danced to another Mariachi band. We swapped emails, phone numbers and addresses. I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to family and friends who have helped with fundraising, sorting out grants and enabling me to go, Girl Guiding for giving me a chance to go on this amazing trip and also local businesses for donating prizes along the way.

Lily Harrison