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!