Friday, 30 March 2012

Come Rain or Shine

Greetings from ZULU 2. So, 5 days in! It has already gone incredibly fast. Remarkably despite hill after hill after hill the team just gets stronger and closer. Everyone has gelled incredibly well and we understand the importance of supporting and helping each other in this sometimes difficult environment. The feet situation is pretty positive too. There has been superb use of zinc oxide tape and foot powder!

The weather seems to have a routine. Very hot and dry in the morning and then around lunchtime it rains, and if we’re really lucky we get thunder and lightning (renamed FUNder and BRIGHTning). We are very fortunate to be trekking through the jungle in La Amistad National Park for 2 days. Hopefully we shall see some awesome wildlife. We have already seen some monkeys in the trees and a few coral snakes.

Holly celebrated her birthday in a very sweaty style, and received an amazing Tinkerbell sticker, colouring book and marshmallows! We completed our first river crossing like professionals, and it was a proud and satisfying moment when no one fell in or lost their boots!

Smiles all round!

Zulu 2

19 comments:

  1. For tim phoa, zulu 7
    Vandaag gebeld met cheap tickets: je vlucht heb ik kunnen verzetten naar 8 mei, zoals je wilde, zelfde tijd, zelfde maatschappij. Details heb ik naar je gemaild, ook je e-ticket is al gemailed. Fijn he?
    Nog veel plezier, liefs, mama

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  2. Sjoerd Baardman - zulu 6 -
    hey lieverd! Hoe is het in Nicaragua? heb je een beetje een leuk gastgezin? vast leuk om weer Spaans te kunnen praten!! Hier gaat alles goed, maandag begint de Semana Santa (paasweek in Spanje) en volgend weekend ga ik naar Marokko! In Nederland gebeurt niks bijzonders zover ik gehoord heb. Er was van de week even spraken dat de regering kon vallen omdat Wilders niet wilde bezuinigen maar ze zijn nu toch weer aan het praten. Over voetbal weet ik niks dus daar kan ik je dan ook niks over vertellen! Ik kijk uit naar berichtje op de blog! Super veel plezier nog 2 weken!! xx Daniëlle

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  3. Daniel Meza - X Ray 4

    Feliz cumpleaños mae! Ya casi estás de vuelta, así que aprovechá al máximo estos días y sacale provecho a esta oportunidad.
    Ojalá la estés pasando super bien y conociendo un montón de gente. Disfrutá de este tiempo antes de que te vuelva a ganar con Rémy y sus amigos como es costumbre.
    Pura vida mae!

    Charlie

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  4. Alexandre Bello ZULU 3
    hooi alex ik heb de video gezien op internet en er stonden leuke foto's op van jou en de school die jullie bouwen is heel mooi en ik mis je heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel erg en ik kan niet wachten tot je terug bent xxxxx je kleine zusje en je mama en je papa.

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  5. Message for Alex Bello,

    Hoi tijger, lekker aan de wandel? Goeie foto's van je op de site. Op die ene groeps foto zie je er heel happy uit, super om te zien, het zijn van die kleine signalen voor ons dat het goed met je gaat. Wij knijpen er straks ook effies 10 dagen tussen uit. Ik heb m'n foon en compuut bij me, dus je kan altijd bellen of mailen als je zin hebt. Heel veel succes met je lange wandel mars en geniet ervan! Dikke kus, Oene

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  6. For Amanda Payne-Danson Zulu 4, Hello, good luck with the final phase - I think you must be half way through almost! I'm off back to Southampton for a few days of work and then I'll be back in Bath for Easter weekend. Hope the weather is staying nice.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Charlie rombaut Zulu 1
    Hi Charlie, just aquickie to let you know we're thinking of you stomping your way ( hopefully!) up and down volcanos! Hope the feet are holding up ok and you are all keeping your spirits up......you are one week in so nearly half way. Went to the ball organisedby Alex and the I B students on Friday, a great night, she was'apprentice auctioneer and auctioned off two lots, south Africa England rugby tickets and kayak lessons with Kevin. Seems she may have found an alternative vocation should she so choose... ! Sara is bringing back a puppy on Wednesday a chocolate labradoodle boy .....
    Anyway, miss you lots, really looking forward to speaking to you next week. Lots of love mum, Robert, Alex.........etc! Xxxxxxxxxx

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  8. To Fosca Meyjes-Zulu 5-

    Hiya Fosc working backwards through the week--party a huge success mum absolutely loooved it Cal, mémé and grandpa,Christian&Suzanne all came plus big london crowd including J blue eyes--we took the couches out of the yellow room&put 26 people there&another 20 in my office)&DJ Malcolm outside my office in a dance tent--people went home at 2.30--think mum loved your marvelous letter the best thoughit made her so happy--Had dinner with T&H the week before sat next to B(home from Newcastle) at dinner who was v charming&made me laugh saying she had prepared this paper on chairman Mao but slightly undermined her cause by referring to him as Chairman Mayo when she read it out loud--Mitt Romney will surely be the republican nominee&Obama will most probably wipe the floor with him.David Cameron is having a bad couple of weeks,there's this sense of the bloom being of the rose certainly in the press.But safe to say that the world might still be turning when you emerge from the jungle--krankzinning veel liefs Dad(get a dutch friend to translate)

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  9. Ileana Boyes, Zulu 2

    Illy! Everyone who comments on the posts seems to be Dutch or Flemish so I trust you are having fun with people from my homeland. I am going there in a few days and will buy you a pot of crunchy spread. I hope you're having lots of fun and feeling the burn in your legs as you walk. Feel the burn. I cannot wait until you get back, everyone here is revising and that's quite boring. Ellie is in Siberia. Please don't eat any dangerous berries. Tan for me. Come back alive, please. I had some of your mini Tabasco last night (with pasta of course). Salmon and cream cheese bagels aren't the same without you. If it's raining think of the amici furballs, they are like sunshine. LOVE, Liv xxx

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  10. For Fran Hodge. Feliz Cumpleanos hermana. I hope you have an amazing birthday in the jungle. Mum, Dad and I sat in the garden thinking of you today.
    Everyone sends their love and we all miss you. Not too long til Sam and I come out to Mexico though!!!
    Lots of love always Mum, Dad and Vanessa xxxxxxxx

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  11. George Moody Zulu 1
    Hi George
    Heard back from Harry too, he says you're very welcome to visit & will be back in Bristol around 20th April. Hope the trek is going well and that the sun is still shining. Keep hydrated, take lots of photos. Can't wait to see you, whenever that may be.
    Have told Will T & Chris W how to blog you so hope they send you a message.
    All OK here but after a lovely warm sunny March we now have wintry showers with snow forecast! Make the most of the sunshine!
    Lots of love
    Mum xxx Pepper sends love too

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  12. Zita Jankovich2 April 2012 at 07:54

    Voor Ravenna Westerhout Zulu 3,
    Lieve Ravenna, was fijn even je stem te horen! Ticket verlengen is gelukt, maandag 23 april, tijden ongeveer hetzelfde, ik heb het ook naar je gemailed. Wat een geweldig project hebben jullie gedaan - gaaf om op het filmpje te zien hoe jullie die school bouwen. Nu je laatste fase - daar is waarschijnlijk de korte survival tocht in Hongarije niets bij... Alles hier zn gangetje - vorige week leek het even zomer, nu lijkt het weer winter. Met Pasen zijn we in HOngarije - we zullen je missen, Casanova ook! Nog geen berichten uit Italie dat in de Via Maffia verbouwd wordt...Hou vol tijdens je trek, zorg goed voor jezelf, en geniet van de prachtige natuur! veel liefs van ons allemaal, mam

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  13. Phillip Houghton Zulu 2

    Sniff Sniff Phil,
    As its getting closer to your home return I thought I had better fill you in on a few of my exploits as we will probably have to listen to yours for a few weeks before I get a howl in. Here is a quick run down of a few things, I have managed to catch my first live prey, much to mom's disgust as it was a bird in the garden. Fly s and spiders are regular supplements to my diet with the odd items of electrical equipment for roughage thrown in,Chris seemed none to please though when I had eaten his lap top connections.I had a lion king moment just the other day when I captured a butterfly in my mouth for a brief time and then opened it again for the butterfly to resume his journey. Got fed up with stealing Dads socks so decided to take a trip next door, easy to break in while they were chatting, and stole a pair of David's, unfortunately I had my collar felt and they were returned.
    I will leave the other tails for your return, oh Mom says your on walk duty for 10 weeks, so better get rid of those blisters quick.I have kept your place warm on the snug sofa but I really would like you to be on it now as its not the same without you to cuddle up to.

    Many Many Sloppy Licks Tizzy THE Beagle xxxxx

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  14. For Illy and Mercedes.
    Hola Chicas hows yer feet? miss you guys almost as much as Pops ice cream :) Me and phoebes have been in Panama, been horse riding on the beach, and generally been drinking as many mojito´s as possible. Not to rub it in or nuffin! Gone our seperate ways now because of weird changes of plans n money and it turns out i´m heading home ways on wednesday.
    Can´t wait to rub faces with you guys in england asap(if i´m not in another country by then). Mclovin neneh xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  15. Phillip Houghton Zulu 2

    Sniff Sniff Phil,
    As its getting closer to your home return I thought I had better fill you in on a few of my exploits as we will probably have to listen to yours for a few weeks before I get a howl in. Here is a quick run down of a few things, I have managed to catch my first live prey, much to mom's disgust as it was a bird in the garden. Fly s and spiders are regular supplements to my diet with the odd items of electrical equipment for roughage thrown in,Chris seemed none to please though when I had eaten his lap top connections.I had a lion king moment just the other day when I captured a butterfly in my mouth for a brief time and then opened it again for the butterfly to resume his journey. Got fed up with stealing Dads socks so decided to take a trip next door, easy to break in while they were chatting, and stole a pair of David's, unfortunately I had my collar felt and they were returned.
    I will leave the other tails for your return, oh Mom says your on walk duty for 10 weeks, so better get rid of those blisters quick.I have kept your place warm on the snug sofa but I really would like you to be on it now as its not the same without you to cuddle up to.

    Many Many Sloppy Licks Tizzy THE Beagle xxxxx

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  16. Family Craddock4 April 2012 at 06:56

    My dear pops
    Well the countdown from our end has begun! You might still be very focussed on carrying on your trek and unaware of the day of the week, of course. But keep going and every step will be a cherished memory. Dad is off to Noodles' today. Our predicted colder weather has not quite materialised though Scotland has had snow!. Check your email to see the amended flight number. Let me know if you envisage any problems.
    lots of love from all of us
    Mum

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  17. Abdallah Slaoui5 April 2012 at 10:59

    Yzza Slaoui Zulu5
    Hello ma chérie !!!
    How are you, Je t avoue que là je commence à en avoir marre de ne pas pouvoir te parler !!!! C'est long :(
    M'enfin je suppose que je dois m'y habituer , tu as 18 ans (bientôt 19) my god ca ne me rajeuni pas !!! et tu vas en fait être de plus en plus absente ... its life
    Je commence à comprendre ce qiue j'ai du faire subir à mes parents :)
    Je suis sûr que cette dernière phrase t'a fait sourire :)
    Bon assez philosophé ...
    Nous allons passer ce week-end à Marrakech (pour changer d'air :)
    sinon j'ai perdu 3 kg ... je crois que je te l'ai déjà dit ? je ne sais plus mais c'est pas grave, je te le redis car je suis content :)
    Bref, ca va mieux ici pour moi !
    Je t 'aime très fort et je t'embrasse encore plus fort !
    ton papa

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  18. Amelia Christie-Miller Zulu 6
    Just got your letter today (5th April) so glad to hear all your news, well done for all you have gone through, real character building stuff which you will look back on and treasure all your life. We are all well, Emma back from Nice having had a good rest at George's house with 12 friends.Ted having tutoring every day in Biology and Tennis. purchase of Oxford House for Vicks is going well. Mum has successfully changed your flight to the 20th, so you will land here at 8pm on the 21st, we really cant wait to see you and hope you have a lovely last 5 days with your Raleigh friends. Tons of Love and a very Happy Easter to you all, Dad xxxxx

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