Friday, 23 September 2011

Know your destination!

So not long until you head out for your Raleigh adventure. To help you feel even more prepared, here’s some key facts about these amazing countries so you can impress you friends and family with your in-depth knowledge!

Costa Rica

Statistics show that Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world!

Has a territory of 51,000 km2 and a population of 4,578,945

This peaceful country has been ruled since 1949 by democratically elected presidents

The Costa Rican democracy is considered to be the oldest still in existence in the Third World.

Education is very important in Costa Rica and 95% of the population is literate

The constitution prohibits any army, to maintain peace and order, the Civil Guard serves as a police

Costa Rica has one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It contains 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity

23% of the country is protected forests and reserves

Over 35,000 species of insects has been recorded in Costa Rica, with thousands more still undiscovered

It is estimated that 10% of the world’s butterfly species reside in Costa Rica making it a lepidopterists paradise


Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America

It has a population of 5,666,301

Lake Nicaragua, home of Ometepe Island, is the home of the only freshwater sharks in the world

At 130,370 square kilometers, Nicaragua is the 97th largest country (out of 251) according to the CIA Factbook

In most Latin American countries Soccer (Futbol) is the most popular national sport. In Nicaragua, however, the most popular athletic pass-time is Baseball

Nicaragua gained independence from Spain after the Mexican revolution ended in September 15, 1821. September 15th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Nicaragua.

The name Nicaragua comes from a combination of two words, “nicarao” and “agua”. The Nicarao were the Indian tribe who occupied the shores of Lake Nicaragua when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500’s. “Agua” is the Spanish word for water.

Fieldbase update!
Meanwhile, in amongst all the hard work at fieldbase, there have been some tragedies as certain members of the team have met a grisly end.

Tom was the first to go, stabbed with a marker pen in the staff room, Jed followed him to an early grave…death by pork and beans by the fridge! His killer, Alex, was then lured to the venturers’ tents where a bottle put an end to his murdering ways. Brie was unfortunately suffocated by a bin bag when doing the cleaning, while only this morning a trangia (a simple cooking device used on trek) put out the light of Reggie’s life.

There have been some survivors though; Julian fought off a vicious attack from Daz the dog, instigated by Owen and Nadia narrowly avoided death by a glove carelessly left on the ground by Barney..

Yes ladies and gentleman, a highly competitive game of human cluedo is keeping us all entertained and on our toes!

Warning! some readers may find the following pictures disturbing!


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