Please note that Imi Morgan has moved from trek group X-ray 2 to community project in Los Llanitos, Achuapa X-ray 6. Please address any futher blog messages to her to X-ray 6. Gracias!
After a long two hour journey in the company of X-ray 5 and X-ray 2, we said goodbye to our friends at the Nicaraguan town of Estelí. We had three more hours on our own "party bus" in which we were able to connect our iPods to the speakers. We arrived in Achuapa and made the final leg of the journey on foot and were immediately treated to a downpour. The rain dampened only our clothes not our spirits and we arrived at Los Llanitos. Amongst the other livestock we were divided into our houses and introduced to our new surrogate families.
It has only been three days now and early shyness has been overcome and conversation, although basic, is coming along wonderfully. We have debated with the members of the village about how to go about starting our project and we have now begun to build a gravity-fed water system from a nearby stream that will provide running water for each household. This is a little more ambitious than our original plan but X-ray 6 are determined to help as much as we can here in Achuapa. We have settled in well and some of us attended church on Sunday of which we were greatly moved by the heartfelt welcome we received. We look forward to what we can learn from the community, as well as doing what we can to aid them.
|Getting together for the evening|
|The beautiful views that surround Achuapa|
As X-ray 2 set off on the now familiar bus journey to Nicaragua, there was a slight air of trepidation: it was finally happening - we were the last ones to do the trek and we were so ready! Sort of...
Filled to the brim with advice (and horror stories) and armed with our one t-shirt for nineteen days (ew), we had a smooth journey and a chilled first days walk finishing at what can only be described as a terracotta mansion. Unfortunately we were not to be so lucky the next day; a promising start eventually turned into a twelve hour trek (no punn intended) and we collapsed, exhausted, at a farm house for the night. Everyone was in an excellent mood the next morning (only joking) and we bid farewell to Imi as she left for a community project in Achuapa. Our twelve hour day day actually paled in comparison to Sunday which ended at a military base a sweet thirteen and a half hours after we set off; more than a few tears were shed that day. the views from so high up were spectacular, but we only enjoyed them for about forty seconds before once again we collapsed onto our uninflated roll matts.
Monday began with amazing views as we walked through a "magical" pine forest (to quote the route card), and we enjoyed our break above the clouds. we were rewarded for our last two days toil by finishing at 11.30am and decided to take a three hour lunch break outside a fully stocked pulperia (coke has never tasted so good). We're thinking of following the Turrimacho trek groups example and looking at the relationship between altitude and pulperia girls' level of hotness. Watch this space.
|Relaxing after a hard days trek|
|Organising the next couple of days snacks. Beautiful|
|The girls tuck into some dulce de leche...|
(wish me luck!)
Blog written by Dawn Tennant, unless otherwise stated. Photo's by Dawn Tennant.