WSDC 2011 – Arrival

This is part of the WSDC 2011 series as I recount and report on the World School Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee, Scotland as a debater, blogger and Wales national team member.

Playing Bananagrams

Although some teams had arrived in Dundee on the 15th of August, Team Wales was destined for an eight hour train journey from Cardiff to Dundee. The trip itself was not particularly uncomfortable and it is probably safe to say that it was better than many of the other train journeys I have taken. We spent most of it playing Bananagrams, which caused us to nearly forget to get off the train at Crewe. Our organization improved when we headed from Crewe to Haymarket but we still managed to leave stuff in different carriages, requiring us to run back and forth with extra luggage etc.

Opal - Beds

Opal - Workspace

We did manage to get to Dundee safely where we were met by Scott Ralston and taken to registration and then checked in to our rooms. Team Wales is staying in the Opal Residence which is a good 10 minute walk from the main convening area along with Team Singapore, Team Thailand and a number of other teams. The majority of teams are housed in the Belmont Tower and Seabraes both of which are a very short distance from the convening rooms. So far, I think I have seen parts or all of Team Argentina, Team Australia, Team Canada, Team China, Team England, Team Hong Kong, Team India, Team Kuwait, Team Namibia, Team Netherlands and Team Scotland. I am a little tired from the traveling but probably not as much as other teams who have traveled for far longer.

Today features tours of Dundee for most debaters with some meetings for coaches and team managers. There will also be an Opening Ceremony tonight. For those of you who are interested, you can also follow fellow Team Wales debater, Josephine, at featuring both blogposts and photos.