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An original way to get to the Jamboree

5. aoû 2007

Arianna Corradi travelled more than 1200 km on her horse to get from Italy to the 21st World Scout Jamboree in the UK. Following a dream from her childhood, Arianna, 29, an Italian Scout, left her home town, Susa (near Torino, Italy), two months ago and headed for the Jamboree. Accompanied by her best friend, a horse named Borbera, she has had an adventurous trip to get to the place where more than 40,000 Scouts from around the world have gathered to celebrate the Centenary of Scouting.

Borbera and Arianna had a tiring but exciting journey, crossing the European Continent from South to North, through Italy, Switzerland, France and finally the United Kingdom. Arianna admitted: “Every day I felt lucky and also that God loves me and wants me to achieve my goal.”

On their way, they met a lot of people who helped them and became good friends. She also said “I would really want to thank a very special family of Scouts, who took care of us, fed us and offered us shelter when we needed it the most.”

Besides the challenge of coming here, they had another one, almost as exciting: to deliver a letter to the archbishop of Canterbury. Unfortunately he was not in at the time and because she had Borbera with her, she was not granted access indoors but only in the yard. Through sheer luck, the archbishop just happened to return and found her sitting outside and so, she delivered the letter.

Although they arrived to the Jamboree site yesterday, only Arianna was allowed to enter, because Borbera needed special registration procedures. Today, both of them were given a special tour of the site. “I am very proud that both Borbera and I overcame all of the problems and finally got to the Jamboree” said Arianna enthusiastically.

This was only the first leg of the journey, tomorrow Arianna and Borbera will head back to Italy, a trip that Arianna estimates will take around two and a half months and will be at least as exciting as the first part of it.

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