For our transition year bonding trip we went to Delphi Resort which is located on the borderline between Galway and Mayo. This was such an important part of our year as it helped us bond together as a group. It also gave us the chance to interact with new people and try out new experiences outside our comfort zones .It also made a huge impact personally by developing skills such as confidence and independence.
We all met at the new hall at 08.30. Our bags were checked and loaded and we set off for Delphi at 9.00.At 1.00 we arrived in Delphi. We were given our room keys and were assigned our groups in which we would participate in all activities with. At 1.30 we ate lunch and then retreated back to our rooms to get ready for our afternoon activity. The activity my group was assigned was rock climbing and archery . I was a bit nervous about rock climbing as I was scared of heights but much to my surprise I enjoyed it a lot. Archery was very interesting as it was something that I had never done before but I found it to be very enjoyable as well. Later on we went back to our rooms and then retreated down to the canteen at 5.30 for dinner. For our evening activity we went for a nature walk which gave us a chance to relax after a long day. At 9.30 we went back to the canteen for supper which was cookies. After that we were allowed to do whatever we wanted until lights out after 11.
On the morning of day two we woke up at 7.30 to get ready for breakfast. After breakfast we got ready into our gear for our morning activity. The activity that i had was canoeing. For canoeing we were given wetsuits and we then go a bus down to the lake. I had only canoed once before in my life and i remember not being very good at it so for that reason i got in a double canoe with Lauren as i thought it might be easier. The lake in which we canoed in was at the crossing of the borderline between mayo and Galway. We ended up going out to Galway and played different games in the water when we were out there. When we returned from canoeing we got lunch and then got ready once again for our afternoon activity which was surfing. We had to change back into our wetsuits which were still cold and wet from canoeing. We took a bus to the beach but when we got there the water was too rough to surf. We ended up just putting our boards away and swimming instead. After surfing we headed back to the adventure center to shower and get ready for dinner. After dinner we got to relax until our evening activity. For our evening activity we were divided into groups and told to make parachutes for an egg and the group that egg didn’t crack would be the winners .Nobody won as all the eggs cracked . After this we headed back to our rooms and then went down for supper. After supper we headed back to our rooms. As we were getting our result the next day and were going out I had to do my tan in the bathroom with Dearbhla which caused such a mess but we cleaned up after. After that we went to bed.
We woke up at 7.30 and got ready for breakfast. After breakfast we got ready for our last activity in Delphi which was high ropes. I was absolutely petrified when I saw that we were doing that as I have a big fear of heights. It was definitely the most intense activity in Delphi. After the high ropes we packed up all our bags and left our rooms and then went down into the canteen for lunch. The atmosphere at lunch was very quiet as everyone was sad that we were leaving Delphi and also nervous about getting results. After lunch we loaded all our bags on the bus and then set off for home.
I am so glad I went to Delphi as I think it will be something that I will never forget. It was such a good experience and it made such an impact on my year in transition year.