The time is flying by, we’re already almost a week into phase 3 of Expedition 11L and all the groups are truly making the most of their last few weeks with Raleigh. Below are updates from Zulus 4 and 5, who are settled into their homes for the next 19 days and cracking on with the work.
We have been promised a blog from Zulu 2 this afternoon so will post that asap, suffice to say the Nicaraguan Trekkers are safe and well and enjoying much better weather than we are here at fieldbase.
Bravo 1 is meeting up with Zulu 1 for a food drop this afternoon and we will endeavour to return with some photos of their last few days.
Zulu 5 (Clare)
After two long days of travel on the TransNica coach Zulu 5 eventually met their host families and settled in to their homes. An early start on the first day of work was in order as the group were informed of their jobs.
Zulu 5 joined forces with the locals to help repair the main road running through the village. The sun was beating down and enthusiasm surrounded the group as they dug, lifted heavy rocks and shovelled gravel. The venturers and PMs learnt more about the village and inhabitants as thy chatted whilst working.
To celebrate Jasper’s 19th birthday all of the children in the village performed a showed which was dedicated to the birthday boy! Talents were shown all round and the children sang, danced and acted. The show ended with the children singing happy birthday...Jasper was very appreciative.
After much dancing and laughter with the locals, we all had a massive game of ninja. The children even continued when the venturers retreated to bed.
We’re enjoying our experience in Achuapa and eager to complete the work as soon as possible.
Zulu 4 (Alice)
Beach here we come, vamos a la playa!
After a hearty breakfast, we set off on a 4-hour journey to paradise. We arrived at Playa Hermosa with our nine barrels of food and high hopes of saving baby turtles. However we did a slight setback when we had to dig the bus out of the sand. Fourteen strong venturers, four spades and donkey-loads of manpower pushed Don German’s bus onto solid ground.
Our first task was to build basha beds we could trust and rely on for our much needed sleep over the next 19 days – please note some were more stable than others!! After pimping jungle camp complete with kitchen, diner and a group chillout spot, we finished the day off nicely with traditional Raleigh pasta and sauce.
Harneel jump-started the first working day with a serenade for each of us. After delicious porridge, we headed to the ranger station to meet the rangers and were set to the task of clearing the area around the forest. Throughout the next few days we all adjusted to the night patrol and hatchery routines. The rangers are extremely knowledgeable and we spend a lot of time learning about turtles and the importance of protecting them.
Zulu 4 have already started some friendly competition with a beach volleyball game. It is safe to say we all need a lot of practice! Dripping with sweat we finished the day with a paddle in the sea. Under a perfect sunset, Daisy noted that she had not had this much in all her teenage years. Something even the old fogies in the group could relate to!!
|The turtles head for the sea.|
|A Playa Hermosa sunset...a fine reward after a hard day's work!|