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Are you hotter than an otter? (Woesteland)

Are you hotter than an otter?

Woesteland camp

While cycling, I wondered how high on the hotness-scale an otter really is. They are quite cool, that’s true. Which is also a positive thing for hotness. But then I started reflecting on this. How come these two words that are essentially opposites developed a similar meaning?

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Ok, well, I guess I’m getting a little off topic here. The question I started this post with comes from the description of one of the summer camps of Woesteland.
A friend of mine asked me if I could join them for an afternoon. Regarding they are staying in the National Park close to my parents’ home, where I have been (and still am) quite involved in the Park, I told him I’d love to come along.


To be honest, I didn’t know quite what to expect. What I did know was that the group had been working in the field for most of the day. I thought they would probably be a bit tired and not really in the mood to focus on special plants and insects. It turned out I was completely wrong on that point. They were a bit tired, true, but enthusiastic like no other!

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Skipping along from beetle to tree to flower, only stopping to chase after a butterfly. My, what an energy and spirit did that group have!

Before we knew it, it was already time to head back to the base camp for dinner. And what a dinner it was! I have gotten used to camp-food being simple pasta with tomato sauce, or some other basic food. Which is perfectly ok, but on this camp, dinner was fabulous!

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We were served romanesco with some other vegetables, cooked just right, served with potato fritters and, believe it or not, fried risotto balls! I don’t think I could have been more surprised. This meal was a bit more elaborate than they have most of the time, they told me, but still, a little less fancy would still be perfectly good food. To make things even better, they try to use as much organic ingredients as possible, wow! Just wow!

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All too soon I had to leave the cozy atmosphere with all the lovely people to head home, leaving them to enjoy a few more of days of their summer camp. It was a pity I couldn’t stay longer, but who knows, maybe someday in the future…

If you would like to find out more about these camps, visit the website of Woesteland here.

So, to end with the still unanswered question: Are you hotter than an otter?

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