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Español (W1): Moving to Xela

My first week of yoga at the Yoga House; my first week of school with PQL; various trips and excursions; a few coffees and a little bit of good food thrown in for good measure.

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I moved into the Yoga House last Sunday, my room is perfect, I’ve been to two yoga sessions already and I have been welcomed warmly by the 10-ish (it is constantly changing) other residents in the house.

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This is my room; ignore the mess!!
I have a cute little desk and shelf to work at (left)
And a comfy futon style bed with lots of blankets to snuggle under at night! (right)

On Sundays we have a house meal, which we take it in turns to cook, and I’ve been to two of these already, I’ve watched a film with house mates, and last Wednesday we had to a pot-luck-dinner (where everyone brings something different); I am getting the hang of the chore rota and the Sunday "house meeting", so I am settling in well, if I do say so myself!

I am also enjoying Quezaltenango (or Xela for short) the lovely little city I am staying in for the next few months. I have visited three different cafes (and fallen in love with two of them); I’ve found the local “sushi-lady”, and the best Asian restaurant in town (important stuff for a girl who hasn’t eaten decent Asian food since she left London). I have also found the basic necessities…

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...like a new mobile phone (pretty)...

... and the supermarket (or the dispensary as they seem to call it here), and most importantly when hand washing seems the way of the world; the laundrette. I’ve visited two local markets; the fruit and vegetables here are amazing and so cheap, what you can get for 50p is an adventure; a pound of strawberries or blackberries, juicy and sweet, three peaches or three delicious crunchy apples… I don’t normally eat a lot of fruit, but when you can get such nice fruit at this price; I am gorging myself on it.

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A vegtables stall (left) and a plastic pots stall (right)

I am also loving my Spanish school; Projecto Liguistico Quezalteco de Espanol, or PLQ for short. My teacher this week was Eduardo, who is a (much needed) calming presence in my day, he has a slow but sure teaching style, which gives me time to think; I’ve mostly been revising what I know this week, but we’ve covered a few new topics as well.

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Me and Eduardo pretending to discuss something serious

After I told Eduardo I couldn't sleep becasue I was drinking too much coffee, but that I needed the coffee to warm my hands and it was just an accident that I kept drinking it; he found we various leaves and flowers from the school garden to make tea from! He was a very lovely man and an excellent teacher! It is almost a shame we swap teachers every week!

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Three tea's Eduardo made me! (left)
The school garden courtyard, where I have been studying (right)

So, I thought that I would be a little more relaxed here, more drinking coffee and studying and less galavanting around ... but I may have been wrong ... we have had a very busy week of activities organised by the school; and me being me, I want to be part of everything...

On Monday; I had an induction including an introduction to both the school and to the recent and colourful Guatemalan history, following this I also watched a documentary on the School of the Americas (a military training school that apparently trained the vast majority of military leaders who have caused so much of the blood shed in Latin America). On Tuesday; I went to a Conference with a Mayan Midwife. I skipped the extra curriculum activities on Wednesday in favour of doing a little studying, in which I have been slacking this week, as there is so much other exciting stuff to be doing.

On Thursday, I went on a trip to San Andres; to see the colourful church, to hear the story of San Simon (a Mayan spirit they gave a Christian stains name to, in-order to fool the Catholics into believing they weren’t still worshipping their Mayan spirits) and to visit a local market.

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The beautiful Chatholic Church, painted in Mayan colours, with the buddeling market in front (left)
Candles inside the church, left as an offering (right)

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San Simon, the famous Mayan spirit, who smokes cigars and drinks hard liquir
He will answer both good and bad wishes, if you pay him the right respects

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Oils (left) and Candles (right), being sold to be part of rituals to San Simon
There is a different oil and a different colour dependant on what you are asking for

On Friday, I attended the schools “International Dinner” which was another a pot-luck-style, everyone brings a dish, type affair. On Saturday a large group of us when up to another local village that has worked closely with PLQ, where a group of ex-Guerrillas settled together after the war; this group gave us a presentation about a mural they have created for Guatemalan history and fed us on fresh lemonade and corn-on-the-cobb.

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The mural; including the history of the war and before (right) and the story of creation (left).
The mayans believe that humans were made from corn!

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Our group walking through the beautiful scenery on the way there (left) and on the way back (right)

Then on Sunday I went with a group from the school to climb to the Laguan de Chicabal, a hard walk but a beautiful place. We walked two hours to the top view point where you could see two volcanoes as well as a lovey view of the lake; we then walked down to the lake and walked round, seeing various different mayan alters on the way.

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Santa Maria and Santo Thomas (two famous volcanoes around Xela)
The larger volcanoe in both pictures is Santa Maria, Sanoto Thomas is the smaller volcanoe in the left-hand picture

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The view of the lake (left) and us walking down (right)

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A few of the mayan alters around the lake

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A photo of the pretty sign that marks many of the lesser prominant alters

It been a really hectik but also informative and fun week and I've seen and done a lot more than I expected, I've also met some really nice people and I hope I will make some good friends over the weeks here.

Posted by marajade1_200 19:38 Archived in Guatemala Comments (2)

Raleigh (week 13 of 13): End Game

The Prom and my beautiful new ropa dress; wash-up and the tents; the beach and the ongoing goodbye; and then my last few days in Costa Rica sola.

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The venturers were with us at fieldbase for only a day and a half more; after getting back from Hermosa we cleaned everything, and handed back all our kit, and then had free time before dinner, a film and bed.

The last day was more exciting, we had the final review, a lovely overview done with our Alpha groups, so I was back with my team from Tenorio, where we drew pictures and then went round the group talking about where we were before Raleigh, what we had experienced during Raleigh and what we were going to do after, and how Raleigh or our experiences here had changed us; which was really moving.

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This is mine, which you probably can't see; so use your imagination...

Following lunch we sent the venturers off into town, whilst we started preparing fieldbase for the last party. We put up streamers and balloons laid and the tables with table clothes, before rushing into town to buy our party dresses (we love you Ropa Americana, you and your $2 party dresses)!

Then the evening was upon us; mocktails (remember the no alcohol rule), followed by dinner in Volcano View; with VMs serving venturers at their tables, washing mess tins and serving desert, and then Venturer Awards followed by partying on the Terrace. It was an evening to remember, and I took photo’s with everyone (similar to how I did at my real prom at the end of sixth form in 2002, I didn’t get a limo this time tho…).

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Me and Neil (left), and Me Jawandy and the Head (right)

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Me and Emma (left),
Me and William; a venturers from my P3 group who won the outstanding venturer award and really deserved it (middle)
Me and the Raod Trip girls from P2!! (right)

The Venturers left early the next day, some on the bus at 1AM (with the party still going on around them), the next lot left at 6AM (a little more sleepily) and the next lot left at 8AM, I cried a little at every bus. Then with everyone finally gone, and a good two hours of cleaning on the clock (that was worth crying over too, considering we only got about 3 hours sleep), the VMs sat down to a well deserved pancake breakfast … followed by a less desirable day of report writing.

The next few days went by in a blur of unpacking and repacking tents, washing and inventorying the cars and cleaning every nook and cranny of fieldbase … all mixed in with a healthy dose of alcohol, food and movies. Before long it was our final day and we were passing little books round the table and writing nice little notes to each other … as our final Raleigh exercise.

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My Little Book and my Personal Development Journal

Then we were eating the final lunch and getting on the bus; and amid jokes of who was day leader, and whether we should do an energizer before we left; we found ourselves waving goodbye to fieldbase (our home for the last 3 months).

We had a nice few days in Cahuita (after we got over not knowing what to do with ourselves with all this unaccustomed free time); we went out for dinner and drinks in the evenings and spent the days relaxing by the pool, or on the beach.

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The Cahuita Beach (left), and me eating a yummy Red Snapper dinner (right)

Very quickly it was time for us all to part ways and we found ourselves saying our final goodbyes before some people headed to Puerto Viejo, some to Panama and I got on the bus on my own to San Jose, and then on to Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

I have spent my last two days in Costa Rica, at a cute little hostel called the Wide Mouth Frog, with a pool, a kitchen and most importantly a book exchange (back on the good old Stephanie Plum). I have explored Manuel Antonio, seen monkeys, lizards, more bugs and another sloth and I lazed on the Manuel Antonio beach for an afternoon.

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The beautiful sloth I saw!! Finally I saw one when I had my camera handy!! (left)
The beach where I spent a relaxing afternoon swimming and reading until a racoon started nosing in my bag!! (right)

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The view from the view point at the top of the trail
A lovely walk and I saw another bueatiful beach and monkeys on the way

And tomorrow … I get on a plane back to Guatemala, where (for the next phase of my trip) I will be spending the better part of the next three months studying Spanish. Wish me luck.

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Raleigh (week 10,11 &12): X-Ray 4

10 days of magical jungle, sludgy mud, and digging trenches; followed by 10 days of gorgous beach, crashing waves, and baby turtles - a Raleigh experience and a half.

I was super excited to be sent out on phase 3; with Steph and Carlton (my fellow PMs) and a group of 8 great venturers, we embarked on our exciting two projects…

We spent 10 days in Carara National Park; living in a real jungle camp. Unlike Volcan Tenorio we weren’t close to civilization and we had no escape from the jungle; we had our water delivered to us in jerry cans every few days, we bathed in a near by river and we lived, played, ate and slept in our basha village.

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The Carara Basha Village (left) and us messing around at the "local" river (right)

The wildlife was spectacular; we hardly passed a day without seeing a group of white faced monkeys swinging in the trees, a few scarlet macaws, a tortoise, an eel or some other animal crawling, swinging or swimming in the wilds – it was a truly magical place that came alive for us every day we were there.

During the days we dug trenches to drain a water logged tourist trail, which was quite satisfying work, watching the water drain away from the path as we “broke the damn” on each new trench; but it was challenging as well, as we had little direction and were left to guess the best course for the next trench, sometimes getting it wrong.

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Us digging a drainage trench

Two people stayed in camp every day doing camp chores digging long drops and slops pits, making drainage ditches, fixing bashas, and preparing lovely lunches and dinners, often with elaborate deserts (concocted skilfully with our limited Raleigh rations).

The rangers at Carara were lovely, doing our food shopping, coming to visit us in jungle camp, one time feeding us on fizzy drinks and biscuits as a treat! They also gave us a slide show and presentation about the park, followed by a guided tour down a few of the tourist trails. We also went on trips to a near by bridge to see the crocodiles and we walked along the trail next to our camp to the river for a swim and a relax in the sun.

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Us our walking the trail (left), and us at the river on our day off (right)

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The infamous crocodile bridge

We also spent long hours underneath the group tarp socializing; drinking tea, coffee and hot-chocolate (there was a mini crisis when the coffee ran out!!); doing reviews and playing long games of the name game (where someone next to you sticks a name of a famous person on your head and you have to guess who you are by asking questions).

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The group tarp (left), and Steph in the process of the important dinner preparation (right)

We had so much fun in Carara (much more fun than I expected), but as the 10 days were drawing to a close we were all ready to be leaving and excited to be off to the beach to soak up the sun and to face the new challenges of Playa Hermosa and the turtles.

The 10 days in Playa Hermosa were both a pleasure and a challenge; working by night and by day in turtle conservation we were often working long but unpredictable hours; doing night walks; collecting and counting eggs, sometimes digging up cold nests, sometimes watching the turtle finish the nest and digging up the fresh eggs, and sometime catching the eggs as the turtle laid them – a truly exceptional experience. On finishing a night walk we made new nests in the hatchery for each nest we had dug up on that walk, then in the morning we covered the new nests with wire mesh, protecting them from animals.

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Me in the process of adding the protective netting to a nest.
First digging the whole for the net (left), and then adding the net (right).

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We also dug up, or collected turtles after they hatched and released the baby turtles back into the sea. Releasing the turtles (left), a close up of one of the babies (right)

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Me and a baby turtle during the release

During daylight hours we helped with various more mundain tasks; we dug trenches and built sandbag walls to protect the hatchery and the ranger station from the high tides, and we spent many fruitless hours clearing driftwood (which without fail came back again on the next high tide).

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Us clearing drift wood on the first day (left), and making sandbags (right)
We were more enthusiastic about drift wood clkearing then, blissfully unaware it would immediatly be back again!!

I enjoyed the work in Hermosa so much, despite the long shattering hours, the changing schedule (that changed with the tide) and prevented anyone getting a full nights sleep and despite the disorganization of the rangers and workers, there was nothing that could taint the amazing experiences we had. I enjoyed the whole experience far more than I expected to; I almost cried in excitement / happiness the first time I saw the baby turtles.

We again slept in a jungle camp, this time with the sound of the ocean lulling us to sleep, or the sound of the rain (there were a good few thunder storms). The days and nights were stiffening hot, and the rain storms were a relief from the heat but we were plagued by sand flies, which were worse than ever during the rain, hiding under our tarps and biting us through our mossi nets!

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Our group tarp (right) and our basha village (left)

In our down time we lazed on the beach, played dominos and cards at the ranger station, jumped waves or enjoyed a coffee on the log watching a beautiful blue sky by day, a lovely sunset or sky full or either lightning or stars by night (both just as stunning).

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The sea by day (left) and one of the beautiful sunsets we watched (right)

We were a little lazier with the cooking at the beach but still managed a banoffee pie one day and burgers and chips another. On our day off we walked down the beach for 8km to a near by group of hotels/restaurants, where we passed a relaxing day swimming in a lovely pool, eating a nice breakfast and having a good coffee (or three), whilst looking our to sea.

It has been an awesome three weeks and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have done it. There were again many challenges, very different from phase 1, but without the challenges it wouldn’t have been as much fun, and I wouldn’t have learnt as much.

Both the jungle and the beach were amazing places and really good projects, the group were fantastic, I did three really rewarding one-too-ones; the guys were a pleasure to work with and it was great being able to give them their feedback, both positive and constructive, and the entire experience was exceptionally rewarding for me.

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Raleigh (week 9 of 13): A Girlie Road Trip

Three girls, eight days, too many meals per day, and just enough cups of coffee, all whilst visiting five amazing projects; two water projects, a pre-school, a community centre and a trek.

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The eight days went at the speed of light and yet we did so much.

Thursday, day 1 (the day of travelling):
we were on the road by 5:30AM, a super long day of driving for Becky and Leanne; I misplaced my driving license in the UK just before I left so I was there as the Spanish speaker, navigator and the money counter.

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Becky, Me and Leanne with our trusty Bravo 3 (left)
A view from the road (right)

We travelled all the way up to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragrua, with a hellish two hour border crossing that saw me conducting two very unsuccessful arguments in Spanish with firstly a customs official (about how much the Nicaraguan visa should cost; they over charged us) and then a police office (about whether or not we needed extra car insurance to cover Nicaragua; which we didn’t, but we were forced to buy anyway).

When we finally arrived in San Juan at 4:30PM we rushed into a hostel and down to the sea for a well deserved swim.

Friday, day 2 (happy Ventures): today saw us up at 5AM for another quick dip in the sea before our 6:30AM start to drive up to El Parajito in Achuapa to visit Romeo 5. We were super excited to meet our first group and it was awesome to see them; there were three people from Alpha 3 (my phase 1 group) in Romeo 5 and was lovely to speak to them, and see them enjoying second phase. We didn’t go directly up to their village with them, we stayed at the bottom of the hill for a music festival and then had to do the 1.5 hour climb in the dark later that evening.

Saturday, day 3 (the first taste of real Nica food): we got up early and had an amazing breakfast of rice and beans, spaghetti, tortillas, a delicious salty cheese and a small cup of very sugary black coffee; I absolutely LOVE the food, it is amazing. We had slept the night at the village community centre, but we were cooked for by the mum at the PM house, who was lovely to us.

Following breakfast we went along with the group to their work site, took some photos, did some interviews, chatted with the guys and did a little bit of trench digging; Romeo 5 are building a water system. In phase 1 the group dug most of the trenches, and in phase 2 they have been finishing trenches and were about to start laying pipes.

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The Romeo Five Group; posing infront of the water tank...

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... and working on the trench (right)

At about midday we took a delicious packed lunch and descended the hill, getting back in the car and droving to see the trekking group in San Martin. We met the trekkers at about 4:30PM and were received with a whoop of delight (unfortunately they were whooping the food we brought with us, rather than our arrival but it was a nice welcome all the same).

We had a nice evening with them, and it was lovely to see Neil again (my fellow PM from phase 1), and to see some more of my old phase 1 group getting on well and really enjoying trek; the whole group was in high spirits and it was great to see them doing so well.

Sunday, day 4 (the day of five meals): we got up even earlier than usual to the banging of mess tins (the trekking alarm clock), at 4AM. We had breakfast with the trekkers, took some photos of them heading off down the road and then off we drove to see Charlie 1!

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The trekkers (Romeo 2); posing infront of the Bravo (left) and setting off down the road (right)

The Romeo’s are our 10 week Raleigh groups, the Charlies are a little different. They are on the ICS programme, a new programme the UK government are running where the group spend the full ten weeks on one project, become fully immersed in the community and do all the planning and implementing of the projects they run.

We arrived at about 8:30, just in time for second breakfast where we ate rice, beans, tortillas, eggs, cheese and coffee, finished off with another coffee and a special Nicaraguan cake. We spent the day (a rest day for most groups), visiting a local waterfall with Charlie 1 and Romeo 5 together (where we ate a packed lunch of tortiallas, tomatoes, cheese and then cake and mango for desert.

After the waterfall we were invited to a local house for coffee, corn-on-the-cob and the most delicious chicken soup (complete with chicken-on-the-bone, chicken-liver, different varieties of squash, cabbage, corn on the cob, plantain; and various other surprises), it was the best dinner I have had in ages. Unfortunately though (or fortunately, I have still to decide) our mum (the mum of the house we were staying in), had not been told we were eating out, so at 9PM when we got back we were treated to a second dinner, which was also delicious and also included chicken; which despite us having twice in one day most ventures have only once a week; we are being treated like kings, they must think we are important!

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Me drinking the delicous coffee (left) and the group relaxing together (right)

Monday, day 5 (a very girlie evening): we took photo’s with the Charlies, worked with them for half an hour and then we were off again to visit Romeo 6, our school building project.

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My "little bit of work" with the Charlie group

At Romeo 6, with 3 female PMs on the project, we were 6 female staff on project for 24hrs and 6 girls sharing a home stay (girlie sleep-over alert!!). We arrived just as they were finishing work and said hi to the ventures before they headed off to their family homes for dinner. We went to the staff house and had a relaxing evening with the girls, we again were fed fantastically by the family, and we walked up a small hill to watch the sunset before playing a few games of cards and having a good gossip.

Tuesday, day 6 (mafia and birthday cake): we worked for a few hours with Romeo 6, took photo’s, chatted to the team and it was again brilliant to see some of my old Venturers from phase 1, particularly hearing the gossip that two of them got together!!

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Romeo 6 and their school; working and posing

Then quick as a flash we were then off again, this time to visit Charlie 2 (the other ICS group), who are also building a water pipes for another village.

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Lottie (a Romeo 6 PM) trying to stop us leaving ?!?
Very funny posed shot that Leanne set up!!

We arrived very late with Charlie 2 (after an unexpected medi-vac called us back to one of the Romeo groups), and having to leave at first light the next morning we were worried we wouldn’t get to see the group, but fortunately they live very close and get together every evening for games of mafia! We joined in, and we got birthday cake (delicious).

Wednesday, day 7 (the run down Cerro Negro): we had to leave at first light, to ensure we got to Cerro Negro with time to climb. We got there at about 11AM, after a long drive down a dirt track with a very pretty view (and no sign posts, so I was constantly asking for directions), we did our food drop from the trekkers and then we climbed Cerro Negro.

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Us on the road with Cerro Negro in the background

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Us at the top (right) and the girls (left) running down the hill after

It was a hard climb, but a phenomenal view and a super fun run down the hill after.

We ate a speedy lunch and hoped back in the car to drive back to San Juan del Sur for the compulsory evening swim. We almost didn’t make it, due to police officers making our lives miserable (and testing my Spanish) with spot checks (asking to see triangles and fire extinguishers) and imaginary violations (that we had to pay for, obviously); but we drove into San Juan at 5:30 and rushed into the hotel and down to the beach to get in our swim before dark.

After a glorious dip in the sea, we went out to dinner and started planning our entry for “Romeo’s got Talent” (don’t ask), will share the finished result shortly…

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Teh beach (left) and Me and Becky relaxing in a restaurant on the last night of road trip (right)!!

Thursday, day 8 (travelling home): another long day, leaving at first light. The border crossing was easier than the first time and the drive went smoothly with us arriving back at fieldbase in time for some MaxiPali shopping, and a very good dinner.

It was a crazily hectic 8 days, but I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it, or a better team to spend it with; the girls and Bravo 3!!

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Raleigh (Week 8 of 13): Fieldbase & the Adventure Challenge

A few days of relaxing, a serious risk of a flood at field base and the secrecy of the Adventure Challenge

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There were a busy few days at fieldbase; with the phase 2 (romeo groups) leaving; there was a crazy amount of cleaning; an amazing fry up; a day of relaxing; a Spanish lesson; some shopping; some sorting out the bodega and food counting; and lots of adventure challenge prep…

I was meant to be going off on the Adventure Challenge (with the 5 weekers; the last part of their Raleigh experience) on Saturday, but they had to leave without me as due to problems with one of the cars and I ended on the bus on Sunday instead! But It was an exciting day at fieldbase never the less; it poured with rain all day, and we sat inside huddling under blankets and drinking hot coffee, playing monopoly and watching films, until about 4PM when the rain started to get really heavy and we ending up out in the downpour digging out trenches and filling sand bags, in a crazy attempt to not have a flooded bodega and a flooded staff room. Walking down the road back to the house, and through the venturer field to go to bad, we were walking ankle high through mini rivers.

The Adventure Challenge was super exciting, especially because all of us had next to no idea what was going on until the last minute; it was all kept that much of a secret!

The first day, we spent time putting up tents, moving kit in and inflating the boat and the rubber rings, before spending a few hours in the sea off the peer. We had an amazing dinner, and then enjoyed a spooky after dark tour of the prison. San Lusca used to be a prison island (Costa Rica’s own Alcatraz), but the prison was closed in 1974 and it became a wildlife sanctuary in the 90’s.

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Me in front of the prison entrance; and me and Lou together (Lou's one of the 5 weeker PMs)

The place is beautiful, and they are in the process of restoring the prison buildings, so in a few years it will be one of Costa Rica’s top tourist attractions, but for now it sees barely any tourists; and certainly non of them have the privilege of seeing the beautiful sunsets, or nightskys we saw. I also saw four turtles; one on the beach and the others in the sea from the boat; two of which were mating! We saw lots of pelicans (one very close up) and we constantly heard the calls of the howler monkeys.

The Adventure Challenge itself was awesome; we were told with everyone else that we were getting up at 7AM the next day, but then Ross (our boss) took us PMs aside and told us we would wake everyone up at 5AM, and we did it by having one of the Costa Rican girl let out a super high pitch scream in the middle of the camp, which had some of the girls grabbing each other in sock; and then taking down their tents on top of them! It was pretty hilarious.

They were then given half an hour to put together minimal kit before they were blind folded and dropped off at a random location on the island, with a map, their next grid reference and some fruit for breakfast. They were set round various tasks throughout the morning; they had to build and sail their own raft; get out of some hand cuffs, build a fire to burn through a rope, do lots of high ropes challenges and complete a command challenge. I was in charge of the raft building challenge; it was lots of fun; every team came up with a totally different design and all of them successfully carried the team across!

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This was my Team; I was suposedly their PM, but all we really did was to lead them to their secret location and then run off!!

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This is an example of the raft building
But this is actually the raft the PMs build that afternoon, for us to relax on the next day!

In the afternoon, they were sent off to random beaches round the island to set up camp, and they were given fresh fish and flour and honey for dinner, and they had to gut and cook the fish and make bread on a fire; I went off on the boat with Ross and Lou to each of the beaches, they had to call us in with Morse Code and we gave them the food supplies; and it was a beautiful boat ride as well. Later in the afternoon we walked around to visit their camps; before having a lovely dinner ourselves, and an early night.

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The boat; with Ross and Rolo going out

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One of the campsites the venturers made and Dinner being cooked over the campfire

The next day the groups were back by 6AM for a wonderful Costa Rican breakfast, followed by a final review session which I joined in (made me almost feel like I am leaving as well). Then we had the day free to swim, relax and enjoy San Lucas; followed by an evening BBQ and a fire on the beach; an awesome day.

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A beautiful sunset and the view over the island

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And the bombfire (and that is Ross, with the crazy pose)

The next day we were up at 3:30AM again, packed up and ready to leave by 5AM and back at fieldbase for 12AM, for a yummy lunch, and now some time to plan for tomorrow, when I have another early start to leave for Nicaragua!!

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