Good heavens - is this an unexpected flash of organisation?!
Catrin and I are in something of a state of chaos at the moment with bedding down in our new home - as you may have noticed! - but wonder of wonders, we've managed to make some decisions about the next northern Bootcamp.
It's going to be slap bang in the middle of Caernarfon - which opens up some fascinating possibilities (not all of which are pubs).
This is where we'll be staying:
It will kick off on Friday 21st of April, running until Friday the 28th of April - and the more eagle-eyed of you might have noticed that is just before the SSiW 8th Birthday Party in Caernarfon on Saturday the 29th of April...
So here's what we're thinking - we'll move along fairly promptly with setting up booking for the Bootcamp, and we'll guarantee that everyone who gets a place will have a ticket kept for them for the birthday party (if they want).
It will mean figuring out local accommodation for the Friday and Saturday nights yourselves - the Bootcamp house only offers Friday to Friday - but there are plenty of options there.
It will cost £350 per person, and will be limited to 10 people.
I will post the booking link:
...in this thread and on Facebook next Friday - a week tomorrow - at 9 pm GMT. That gives us time to let everyone know via the email next Tuesday (@dee please!), and it doesn't force people in America to get up offensively early, and it doesn't put our Australian learners at a crippling disadvantage.
[It just means I have to set plenty of reminder alerts to myself to interrupt 'movie night'...]
As usual, we must emphasise that we can only offer refunds if we are forced to cancel it ourselves - so if you think there is any reason you might book and then need to miss it, please, please take out travel insurance.
Looking forward to seeing what kind of a motley crew we get to sample Caernarfon with next Spring (if we haven't actually died of cold over the winter, of course...).
For those of you who haven't done Bootcamp before, please be aware of two key points:
1 - You MUST have completed either Course 1 and the vocabs, or Level 1. This is to make sure you have enough Welsh to be able to get the full benefits of the experience. And if you've gone further than that, even better.
2 - There is NO switching back to English (or other languages!) on Bootcamp. That is the fundamental rule. If you don't think you can manage a week without English, please don't book - because using English won't just damage your learning process, it will damage the process for everyone else as well. We are super serious about this - despite my usually light-hearted tone, this is NOT a joke...