Friday, 15 July 2011

Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 Updates!

Just a little update from Alpha 2 after the Raleigh roadtrip team went to visit them on day 6 of their trek. Written by Daniel from Alpha 2, let´s see what they´ve been up to.

During the project presentations, everyone realised that on expedition with Tom and Chava was going to be out of the ordinary! Nearing the mid way points, they have not disappointed. A lively group has developed in an attempt to live up to our project managers reputation. The joyous nature of our trekking party is certainly enhanced by the prominent northern English banter and the presence of our small Hong Kong friend who the Nicaraguan´s refer to as "muy loco". Once an arduous first day was completed, we were formally initiated into Alpha 2. Our induction ceremony war concluded and in accordance with the wishes of the "Lord Bander" aka, Chava, "you must wear and honour this bandana from hence forth." This was when recieving our compulsory Alpha 2 bandanas!
 Whilst writing this on day 5, we have endured some testing weather conditions, difficult sleeping conditions and some diabolical conversation topics. (Tim Hales)
  This considered, we are all more than ready to tackle the jungle with Costa Rica´s very own answer to Bear Grylls (Don Luiz).
Home for the night - day 6




Alpha 3 - written by Otto...
To get where we had to start the trek, we had to travel for almost two long days, in which we got a short and interesting Nicaraguan history class and we got to travel in a really crowded bus. We also got our first taste of the Nicaragua lifestyle! When we finally got there (to El Cebollal) close to Miraflor, we were excited to start our trek.
It took us some time to realise what a big challenge it was going to be. Day five we were lucky enough to spend the night in an old Army building, a unique experience. As the trek progressed so too did our confidence as we were making good time each day in reaching our destinations. We have been lucky enough to get some free time which we have spent playing cards and visit a National Park. The future is looking bright for Alpha 3 - spirits are high and everyone is feeling motivated.

As well as Alpha 4 getting some time in the spotlight, Alpha 3 were also interviewed by a local Esteli news programme about their trek and Raleigh!
Alpha 3!
Here on the Raleigh road trip we're currently still out and about visiting all the groups so the internet connection here is limited and fairly poor... More pictures will be updated when we're back at fieldbase. There are some good ones so keep an eye out!
Pura Vida

*Blog and photo's by Dawn Tennant

27 comments:

  1. nick burden delta 3
    i saw your mumm tonight :) i dont know if my messagess are actually getting through because i still dont see them, but ill wait a bit before trying to resend incase i post two of the same in a row again haha, i miss you :)

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  2. Jordan Carter Alpha 3 11G/H - Hey, you look a little tired in the picture - smile more - thinking about you lots & loving you - Diane!!!

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  3. Corrie Moxon - Alpha 1

    Hey you! I hope you're getting these messages. Looks like you're really out in the wilds, and getting a bit wet (especially in the photos!). Nothing to report here, I'm working away, back in Edinburgh now. I'm meeting up with Becca soon, so expect a message from her!
    Lots of luck with whatever you're doing next on your adventures, be sure to write it all down!

    Love you lots, Daniel xxxx

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  4. Susan and Iain Black16 July 2011 at 01:31

    For Emma Black, 11G Alpha 3.
    Hi Emma. Nice to hear your trek is going well - it all sounds very positive. We liked the latest picture. Looks like someone is good at braiding hair. I guess it makes things cooler and easy to manage. We're all doing OK (apart from getting colds!) but obviously missing you.

    Love

    Mum and Dad.

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  5. hey i'm in england now just at louise's it is so much fun! it's only 8.41 here and i'm up and louise is fast asleep but i'm not use to the time difference yet so i'm up early as usual haha. we went out last night was so random i will tell you about it later i wrote it in the book so i wouldn't forget and we also went shopping yesterday and louise showed me around woking haha and we are going to london today hopefully! we shall see.
    i hope everything is amazing and you are all good!
    i miss you so much
    ilyaaf

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  6. Message for Tim Hales Alpha 2

    HaHa Loved the latest blog Tim, but oh no! what dodgy conversation topics have you been initiating haha - theres always one and it's always you .... I LOVE IT!!!!
    Look like you're having a fabulous time - again - i am eternally jelous!
    Can't wait to hear all your stories,
    All our love and big hugs and kisses,

    Sal and Hugo xxxxxxxxx
    (p.s., this will make sense if you got my last message about mum and dad going cruising and me dog sitting haha)

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  7. PM Marga Pardo, Alpha 7
    I'm sure everything is fine and you're having a great time. One month is gone, i see you in two months... almost there fofi!
    Everything is going well and there were changes at work but I'll fill you in on a letter that I'll send in the next few days.
    Spoke to your parent and they're ok, missing you obviously :)
    Beijos,
    Filipe

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  8. Ryan Austin Alpha 3

    Good to finally see a picture of the group. Hope you are having a great time. We all miss you and can't wait to hear about your trip. I arranged to have all your required University texts to be delivered to your residence so you don't have to line up for hours to buy them when you start at Waterloo. You can thank me later. :)

    Mom

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  9. Charlie Page Alpha 2
    Good to see a photo of you. Mum and Abbie are now in Switzerland and have the boat rigged and are test sailing it now. Georgie has gone to the wedding. I will let her tell you how all the dressing up bit went! I went sailing today in strong winds and rain as practice for the race tomorrow. It looks like you have had a lot of rain. We are all missing you especially Monty. Love Dad XXX

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  10. Annabel Farnood16 July 2011 at 14:10

    For Catriona McIntosh - Alpha 3

    Hi Catriona!
    I have missed you a lot! I hope your having an amazing time, iv been keeping track of everything you've been doing, it sounds fantastic! It has been pouring with rain over here so i hope your getting a good tan while you can! Just been the same old usual here, nothing exciting has really been happening, i will keep you updated! I hope your having an unbelievable time! Will speak to you soon. Miss and love you lots! Annabel xxxxx

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  11. To Andres Chavalazo Navarro- Alpha 2
    Heey Chava, I have just read the blog and it looks like you are having an amazing time being a pm and being on trek!! Our boat trip went on a walk in the jungle the other day and we ended at a waterfall. Obviously nowhere near as hard as what you are doing but the waterfall and the walking reminded me of so many of our good times on Raleigh. (I taught them all the sardina song and they loved it!) Good luck with the rest of it, I am sure it will be brilliant. Your venturers are really lucky to have you, I couldn't have done trek without you, Especially after all those times you ran with me up hills! Pura Vida mae! Missing you! Claudia xxx

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  12. Pinki Tse Alpha 2

    Miss u bb...how are u ..take care and be safe...

    Cindy Fung Alpha 3

    I missed those days we work together. Being a marketing IC is not a easy job, I am proud of u. I hope I can join u in South America. Miss and love u so much

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  13. joanne and David Hales17 July 2011 at 08:50

    For Tim Hales Alpha 2
    Hi Tim looks like you are making a great Northern Impact over there!! We're back from our travels now had a great time ... very indulgent!! I lit a candle for you in each Church we visited in the Med!! Sounds like the trek is challenging, just keep thinking of the end result and what an achievment! Reaseheath have sent you confirmation of a place for Sep. Keep up the good work, half way there now. MISS YOU LOADS AND LOVE YOU LOADS TOO. mum and Dad

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  14. luke smalley alpha 1.....hi there luke , ooooh ur shoulders looking a bit sore ,that rucksack was a bit heavey though .... hope ur boots not giving to much trouble either ! its all very quiet here a distinct lack of gabba and hardcore beats,ha ha,and the lady in asda is looking a bit concerned cos i keep walking past her counter and not ordering ur fav pizza , wen u get home there will be an extra large 1 waiting for u .... carry on having a fantastic time and keep those brilliant photos coming , they dont half put a smile on my face cos ur looking so relaxed and happy,massive hugs and kisses to u , love mum xxx

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  15. Alpha 2, Andres Chavalazo!
    oooohhhh gran amigo! feliz dia del camote!!!
    ya se hizo mas viejo y arrugado! :) lo quiero mucho muuuchisiiimo y le mando un besote desde el laboratorio de la u (aburrimiento)
    Venga ya que lo extraño!!!! tenemos que ir a andar en bici!
    bueno mi pega, de fijo esta disfrutando bastante y ni se acuerda de nadie por aqui.
    asi que aqui le van los chismes jajajaja
    jahiro y monica ya se casaron, joselyn ya va por el cuarto hijo, nacho tiene 3 novias y muchas deudas. Y yo, como nuestra profecia de la loma, estoy con mil gatos y me despierto cantando: rata de dos patas, animal rastrero, despojo de la vida, te odio y te desprecio!!! jajajajajajaja
    al menos se que si que me quedo con solo gatos mi gran amigo chavalazo va a visitarme! :)
    vengaaaaa yaaaaaaaa! chaooo! feliz cumple lo quiero montonononononeees!
    ATTE: (ya se sabe) andreita la mielosa

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  16. For Lloyd Thomas Alpha 3
    Hi Lloyd,
    Hope everythings ok and your enjoying yourself. All the pics are cool. Everythings ok back here. Nans improving. mum says hi. Left you a message last week but don't think it worked. Ring when you can. Proud of you mate. Keep up the good work
    See you soon
    Ev

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  17. karen rocha alpha 2
    mi karen q chiva yo tambien estuve en esa casa hice ese mismo trek y mi guia fue don luz increible visitando los lugares q has ame cuando este en las aguas termales espero q lo ame como el rio celeste increible digale a los chicos q bien hecho y usted tambien vamos ese trek es buenisimo y la han de estar cuidando mucho y todos juntos q bueno disfrute q pronto vendra vamos guerreros ustedes pueden les quiere ENMA arriba nicaragua increible representacion en ustedes y disfrute q la playa es hermosa
    los quiero deacachimba

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  18. Ryan Austin, Alpha 3

    Looks like you are getting the "experience of a life time"! David, Maegan, Nicole, Matt, & I look forward to hearing all about your summer. Enjoy, Laurie

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  19. To: Andrés Chavalazo (PM)
    Alpha 2
    From: Má y Pá

    Querido hijo: Cumpleaños feliz, te deseo yo a ti....cumpleaños mi flaco.......cumpleaños feliz.
    Espero que al fin suban éste comentario al blog, o al menos que te lo lean por radio mañana mismo. Espero que tus aventureros te despierten haciendo mucho ruido con las cajitas de la comida y que te tiren harina y huevos para celebrarte el cumpleaños. Es la primera vez desde que naciste que no celebramos juntos tu cumpleaños, pero sabes muy bien que aún en el lugar más remoto del universo, estaremos pensando en tí. Todos nuestros pensamientos, nuestras oraciones, toda nuestra energía estará contigo siempre, mañana especialmente por ser tu cumpleaños. Pido a Dios que te cuide mucho, que te regale un año lleno de aventuras divertidas, de momentos felices, de amigos, de sonrisas, de motivos para ser feliz, de amor, de lucha, de oportunidades para valorar las cosas realmente valiosas de la vida. Dios solo da cosas buenas a su hijos; así que espero que este año que inicia mañana con tu cumpleaños esté lleno de las más ricas bendiciones de Dios. Se que pasarás un día genial, porque siempre pones alegría dondequiera que estés; así que seguramente tus compañeros se encargarán de que pases un día genial y todo el día estarás muy ocupado. tal vez cuando al fin te vayas a dormir,... tengas tiempo a solas y ....entonces...pensarás en nosotros, y en mamoi, ....pero quiero que entiendas esto: NO QUIERO QUE TE PONGAS TRISTE!!!, solo quiero que pienses que te hemos pensado más que nunca y que todo nuestro amor está contigo.... Zzzzzzhhhhhhhh, haz silencio....concéntrate!!!!!....escucha los latidos de tu corazón...cada latido tuyo ...es una señal de que estamos pensándote, que te amamos hasta el infinito y entonces....tal vez con una lágrima rodanto en tu mejilla sonreirás...y sabrás...que todo está bien, que estás viviendo una nueva etapa en tu vida y que estaremos juntos de nuevo y nos abrazaremos y nos reiremos juntos...y nos contarás tus aventuras y zuuaaaazzzz!!!!. Mañana hará 22 años que nació mi flaco lindo a las 9:14 p.m en el Hospital San Juan de Dios....su papá estaba jugando un partido de fútbol en Plaza González Víquez...tuvo que pedir cambio, porque mi hermano se lo fue a llevar para que lo viera a usted.ja,ja,ja,ja....a quien se le ocurre irse a mejenguear sabiendo que su esposa está pariendo,...ja,ja,ja,ja...y luego me vió a mí y me dijo que usted parecía un viejillo!!!! ja,ja,ja. Quien diría que se haría tan guapo????( so soi guapo!!!!) Mi fla, dice su papá que lo quiere mucho, que se siente muy orgulloso por todo lo que ha logrado. Que mañana es un día muy especial para e´l porque hace 22 años Dios le dió la bendición de tener un hijo varón.
    Flaco lindo, te amo con todo mi corazón. Que tengas un aventurero cumpleaños. No olvides de agardecer a Dios por darte esta maravillosa vida que tienes y como muestra de agradecimiento: VIVE INTENSAMENTE y aprovecha todo al máximo!!! Te amo, te amo, te amo!!!!!!

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  20. To: Chavalazo
    Alpha 2
    From: má

    TE AMO, TE AMO, TE AMO. MI FLACO LINDO, MI FLACO LINDO......TE AMO, TE AMO, TE AMO...FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!!!!

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  21. To Charlie Page, Alpha 2

    We in Canada are checking your blog regularly. It seems it rains in the rain forest. Go figure that. Hope you are having a fantastic experience. The Toronto Pages

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  22. DEAR TIM,
    THINKING ABOUT YOU AND HOPE THAT YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME, LOOKING AT THE PHOTOS WE RECKON THAT YOU ARE!!!!! COME BACK SAFE AND SOUND AS WE LOVE YOU LOTS. MAMA AND GRANDAD

    TIM HALES ALPHA 2

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  23. For Lloyd Thomas Alpha 3
    Hi Lloyd,
    Love the pics, u look like ur loving it over there. We miss u lots lol jade misses u, she has nobody to play cards with. We went to have our transfer today, we find out on tuesday 2nd Aug so u may be an uncle again will let you know.
    Love Lyndsey xx

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  24. Jordan Carter 11G&H Alpha 3 - Hey buddy!!! How are you doing? I think about you alot & I hope you are having a better time... I love you and miss you - Diane

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  25. J. Arturo Mena A.23 July 2011 at 12:35

    Otto Alpha 3

    Un abrazo muy fuerte!
    Se que lo estas pasando excelente, por lo menos eso parece en las fotos y comentarios que hacen.
    Espero que disfrutes de esta experiencia y que realmente ayuden a mucha personas.
    Aquí en casa te extrañamos demasiado, tu madre a pesar de sus cosas dice que le haces muchisima falta. ya le llego la compu a Diego, te está eperando para jugar. Creo que lo que hacen es muy importante. Te quiero mucho "que sepa el mundo que en marcha están..."

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  26. Elliot Bartholomew Alpha 2

    Hi Elliot

    We are safely back home from our holidays and the tans are already beginning to fade.

    You are doing a great job and love the photos. We miss you loads, but hope you are enjoying yourself.

    Keep Safe

    See you soon

    Mum and Dad

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  27. TIM HALES ALPHA 2
    DEAR TIM, MISSING YOU AND HOPE THAT ALL IS WELL WITH YOU, LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING COMMENTS ON YOUR TRECK NOW THAT IT IS FINISHED. WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST CHIP BAP READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU COME HOME WITH SQUEEZIE RED SAUCE. WE ARE BOTH WELL BUT BEN IS NOW A DIABETIC AND WE HAVE TO GIVE HIM AN INJECTION TWICE A DAY. LOVE YOU LOTS
    MAMA AND GRANDAD XX

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