Tag: Florida

2016 Competition

ISSDC Day 3 – 28/7

After a very early start, we went to Port Canaveral Jetty Park, to watch the Atlas 5 NROL 61 launch (which many of us almost missed, as we were in the sea.)

We then chilled on the beach all day – with some students going on an hours run!?! In 36 degree Celsius heat?!?

Having returned to the hotel, we lounged in the pool – playing water polo with numerous injuries including cramp – whilst other teams began to trickle in.

We finished the day with a trip to Cracker Barrel (with exceptional customer service, and healthy portion sizes), which we followed with more card games, ready to check out of our rooms by 7 tomorrow morning, ready for the room changes for the competition.

The UK and EU teams on the beach at Jetty Park

The UK and EU teams on the beach at Jetty Park

2016 Competition

ISSDC Day 2 – 27/6

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. – Plato

Today, we went shopping all day.


Key highlights included a 2-hour game of Mao, a failed game of Sardines, and the life-changing experience of Victoria’s Secret. We learnt a lot about the incredible sales-tactics in America, including humiliation over a build-a-bear minion, buffing men’s nails, “HELLO” as soon as you enter, and not including tax into ANY prices.

We then went to Walmart – which was a very surreal experience. With items ranging from shotguns (£200), opposite the life-vests, to pet food and ramen. It would have been extremely easy to get lost within the never-ending aisles.

To finish the day off, some people went swimming, and we played card games, ready for a very early 6:30 (am) leave from the hotel in the morning.