After an hour and a half long journey we reached our destination, and after 45 minutes spent haggling with the irritable man at the entrance gate to let us in, we finally managed it. Raleigh 1, man at gate 0 (Yesss!).
So we eventually arrived, parked up and wow what a sight! We spent the morning meandering casually along the beautiful aqua crater lake and all across the organic spread of volcanic dust and ash on this active volcano (a first for many of us). After a while however the clouds began to move in at quite a pace and it seemed we had got there just in time to catch the stunning views. Despite the hazey weather we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - always good to get some fresh air into your lungs!
Speaking of fresh air, after some time wandering around a few members of the group began to question their level of fitness as they started to huff and puff. Surely we are not this unfit?! Thankfully we soon twigged that at 3432m above sea level, Volcan Irazu is fairly high up, hence the shortness of breath (due to the thin air). Phew! Thank goodness for that.
After an hour and half of dropping like its hot and cutting some serious salsa shapes (as above) including a cheeky bit of zumba and even some reggaeton we were ready to eat… Pizza!
But alas the night does not end there. A few days earlier Ross (our Country Programme Manager) who takes his role very serious at Raleigh, challenged Sabrina and Dawn (unfortunately that’s me) to an onion eating challenge. Time limit: 5 minutes, Onion: the biggest in the shop (bigger than a cricket ball might I just add), the reward: pride!! So we took on the challenge.
|Ready, steady...go! Ross on time, not letting any second pass unnoticed.|
|Champions! Congratulations and hugs all round.|
finally, a full team! We’ll be back again soon with more new and events…and hopefully less talk of onions and a few more faces to introduce!
*Blog written by Dawn Tennant and photo’s by Kat Mammone, unless otherwise stated.