It begins. Fieldbase is now close to capacity as this morning we welcomed a fairly tired bunch of venturers to Turrialba HQ, indeed I too am struggling to prevent my head from lolling after a late night/early start organising sleeping arrangements, feeding and marshalling half-asleep venturers onto buses at the British School in San Jose. A cracking gallo pinto with scrambled egg breakfast cooked by Sandrita and Mireya has been followed by an intense morning of icebreakers, swim tests, admin and accommodation arrangement,and despite the jet-lag, smiles are present all round.
The afternoon has progressed with radio training, the standard method of communication whilst out on phase, giving the groups chance to perfect their Maverick/Goose impersonations. Dinner was followed by a comprehensive run through of projects by Country Director Julian, as venturers were given summaries of the amazing array of projects being undertaken in Expedition12B. The option of evening entertainment in the form of a movie, unsurprisingly had a take-up of zero given the hectic previous 24 hours-Tomorrow it’s project allocation and jungle camp.
|Breakfast on the terrace|
|HCVs in full swing|
|Pedro and Ross greet the venturers|