Ladies and gentlemen, after 3 weeks of preparation and building excitement, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Expedition 11L is go!!!!!!
With the Host Country Venturers arriving at fieldbase on Monday, the rest of the venturers made their appearance on Tuesday having spent Monday night in San Jose. Their accommodation for the night was a school gymnasium allowing the opportunity to fight off jet lag with a few games of volleyball and basketball!
An early bus from the capital brought the new arrivals to fieldbase in time for a delicious, traditional Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pinto prepared by our wonderful cooks Sandra and Miraya.
Appetites satisfied it was headlong into a busy day of speeches, training and admin! Ross and Julian started with some inspiring welcoming speeches, before everyone got a tour of fieldbase and their high-class accommodation for the next few days. There were also swim tests and the all important radio training.
Coming up for the venturers later today a slideshow of the projects ahead of the groups announcement for phase 1 in the morning…watch out for an update tomorrow.
It has to be said there are somewhat bemused faces around, with a lot to take in and many new faces and names to remember but there is wonderful atmosphere of anticipation mixed with a touch of nervousness. There is no doubt that this is going to be an amazing expedition for all concerned.
I leave with some pics of the venturers’ arrival and first day in Costa Rica.
|Julian & Ross...inspiring!!|
|Listening to the welcome speeches|
|The luxury accommodation!|