Saturday, 14 April 2012

I Try To Say Goodbye And I Choke

Ah Macy Gray, how you sum up this moment so perfectly...

As the buses bounced their way along the dusty track out of CATIE, be it to the departure lounge of Juan Santamaria International or the picture book shores of the Caribbean at Puerto Viejo, everyone agreed on one thing, it had been a truly magical end to Expedition 12B.

The past few days have passed in a whirlwind and has yet again been action packed. While the feasts in the form of a welcome back BBQ and last night’s dinner do gave an opportunity to regain the calories (especially the trekkers), it was truly a privilege to witness a spectacular interactive singing performance by Don Brigido, President of La Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva, a truly inspirational character who had the whole group singing along to ‘Nicaragua, Nicaraguita’, ‘Soy Puro Pinolero’, ‘Hijos de Mais’ and an incredibly well received, and raucously echoed ‘Aqua’ song.

Expedition 12B has been a truly unforgettable experience, one that will live long in the memory of all those involved. There’s been good times and bad, laughter and tears, moments of despair which are ultimately overcome by incredible achievements and everyone from venturers, to VMs to Fieldbase staff can be truly proud of their endeavours Here at Turri HQ it’s the calm after the storm as 12B’s achievements over the past 10 weeks begin to sink in, I’ll post them in a blog as soon as they’re compiled.

In the meantime, on behalf of all of us at Turrialba Fieldbase, I’d like to thank you all for your messages of support for your loved ones. They are incredibly well received and provide real morale boosts be it at the end of a rain soaked day on trek, mattocking pathways in the jungle, or mixing cement for a community centre. So thanks. You guys rock.

Check back soon for Ale’s fitting finale of phase three’s photos!


  1. To you all who made 12b possible. Country director , project and expedition managers, medic, photographer, admin and finance officers, logistics and communications officers and pms on each phase and anyone else I might have forgotten. Without you those in 12b would never experienced what they did. From the tears to the laughter, the desperation to the success they each learnt a lot about themselves and others as well as making a real contribution to the local comunnity. Reading the final blogs has made me well up so the floodgates must have opened in Catie!!! The memory banks for all will be full to overflowing. Bataan has had the experience of a lifetime and celebrating the completion of the homes in la naranjita has got to be the best way to celebrate a birthday. Whoever sends out all these messages will be relieved there will be no more from me! Thank you to each and every one of you. PURA VIDA. Fi Horbye

  2. Jane Pilkington15 April 2012 at 01:03

    Thanks Fieldbase for keeping us up to date with progress, providing the odd photo and feeding our children. Perhaps some recipes for massa and refried beans to remind them of their trip when they return might go down well - it doesnt appear in any of Delia's cookery books.

    Sterling work and thanks to you all
    Pura Vida xx



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