We recently spent 9 days in Perth, Scotland during which we attended the Mega Scotland 2010 Event.
The Scottish Geocachers certainly did themselves proud and organized a most wonderful event. The Mega took place in an enormous hall and was officially opened by the Provost of Perth. Jeremy Irish, the founder of Geocaching, then addressed us and humbly stated that 10 years ago he never dreamed that he would be in Scotland in 2010 addressing a few thousand fellow geocaching nuts!!
Numerous companies displayed their wares around the hall - lots of lovely geocoins and geocaching equipment to tempt you to part with your money! There were also numerous talks given on different topics and the Reviewers also had a session where they answered questions.
The Mega Committee had organized all sorts of events leading up to the Mega and for a few days afterwards, including a CITO and a Hog Braai and a Bun & Brew get-together too.
We met geocachers from many different countries and have made some super new friends from Germany, France, Scotland, England, Sweden, and the States. It was really super to meet up with Batsgonemad and his Squirrel again. Also met some other ex-South Africans living in England - PattyPatPat and Mel-Ray.
Caching was at a premium too - lots of well placed, well maintained caches in lovely places.
We never had any idea what a Mega was all about and really feel most privileged to have been able to attend this one. Would we do it again? Most definitely, given half the chance!
A Mega is held annually in the UK - next year's one is in Wales. If you are planning an overseas trip, seriously try and plan it around the time of a Mega - you won't regret it!