Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Zulu 6 - Summer Lovin' it!


Now we have been in El Porillo for over three weeks and nearly completed twenty four eco-latrines. In the past week we've grown in confidence in our construction skills which has sped up our progress. The locals seem to be please with our work and will complete the latrines that we don't have time to finish. On the work-site we've had a lot of fun working with the Maestro de Obra and the family whose latrine we are building.

Slowly our houses have filled up over the week as more and more family members returned home to celebrate Semana Santa (Easter) an important religious festival for the Nicaraguans. On Friday they served us a traditional fish soup which we enjoyed in the company of the whole group at the school.

Saturday afternoon we set off for our two day trip which began with spending the night in San Juan de Limay, a relatively large town for this area. We spent the evening listening to the catholic service at the church which was very popular amongst the locals. It was very impressive although some of us were more interested in the local plantains being sold. On Sunday we set off for the trip which was meant to lead us to a beautiful waterfall but we only got as far as the river where we swam and ate lunch. After a joyful ride in the chicken bus we returned to Limay supper which included the usual rice and beans. Monday morning began with a early uphill walk back to El Portillo which we all enjoyed as it reminded of our trekking days.

We are now coming to the end of our time in El Portillo and preparations are underway for our farewell activities. We are helping our families with the cooking for our leaving party tonight which for some of us has included witnessing the killing of one of the family’s chickens. Tonight our musical skills will also be demonstrated as we perform our national anthem and a ‘cultural song’ (which we have chosen to be “Summer Lovin'” from Grease) to the entire village. With special guests including the Mayors of San Juan de Limay and Achuapa. It is set to be a great evening and the icing on the cake to end our time in Nicaragua.

Finally, Tess Louisa and Max are learning a traditional folk dance which is to be performed to the entire field base upon our return to Costa Rica. Dressed in the traditional white, red and green outfits it is an eagerly anticipated event.

Lots of love, Zulu 6

10 comments:

  1. Sharon Granville10 April 2012 at 15:22

    Maria Gerono Zulu 3
    Blackburn 2 Liverpool 3
    But you wouldn't believe it...Both our goalies are suspended for Saturday's semi final!! Reine sent off against Newcastle Doni sent off tonight - why do we never do things the easy way? Love you Mum xxx Keep those legs going girl -very proud of you x

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  2. Zulu 7 Sian Lewis
    Hi Sian
    Sorry we haven't sent many messages recently. Dad and I have been doing it wrong and I don't think the messages got through to you.I hope you are having a great time. There was a report from your group on the blog and it sounded good especially the water fall. All is well with us. Lots of people here over Easter but we were down in Solva which was lovely. Saw Anne and Murry and family. Lots of talk about the big wedding which is still top secret. We really can't wait to see you now. I am sure the next couple of days will go far too slowly. I haven't had any notification of any changes to your flight. Can you check your end that all is OK. I will call the travel agent and check also from here. We are expecting you into London at 10.15 am on the 15th. Nanny has just got back from a lovely time in Spain where there was lots of talk of the other not so secret wedding. Well we will hope to be able to speak to you on Skype this week. We willl leave it on from tomorrow (weds). I am in London on Thursday but Dad and Bethan will be here. Spoke to Pete before the weekend - he is looking forward to seeing you. Take care - hope to speak soon.
    Much Love,
    Mumxxxxxxx

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  3. Adri, Zulu 3

    ADRI!! What's this about you in another Zulu 3 trek? How's it going? Is it as awesome as the original Zulu 3? Are you missing tent nights with me, Morrin and Enma? Hope you're having lots, lots, lots and lots of fun and take care of those knees! You're an amazing and crazy lady to take on another Raleigh trek!

    Miss you tons!!
    MUCHOS BESOS
    jez xxxxx

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  4. Adri, Zulu 3

    ADRI!! What's this about you in another Zulu 3 trek? How's it going? Is it as awesome as the original Zulu 3? Are you missing tent nights with me, Morrin and Enma? Hope you're having lots, lots, lots and lots of fun and take care of those knees! You're an amazing and crazy lady to take on another Raleigh trek!

    Miss you tons!!
    MUCHOS BESOS
    jez xxxxx

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  5. Para Alfredo Salas de Zulu 2

    Alfrescoo, no sabe la falta que hace, un día de estso yo lloraba de desesperación y no quería ver a nadie ni hablar con nadie, lo quería a usted, sabía que usted me iba a entender...así que salado, ya disfrutó mucho véngase PA CAA(jaja vos sabés) te quiero guapis.
    Nicole Alpízar.

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  6. For Max Zulu 6
    Hi Max; hope you get some video footage of your folk dance; that should be handy when you're at the next wedding; you'll deffo beat Sam. Made Dad and I laugh. It sounds like you've done a fantastic job there in Nicaragua; we miss you more each day but are really proud of you. It'll be nice for you to be reunited with George and Pilko tomorrow. Perhaps when you're back at base camp we can do a bit of Skype?!
    Take care lovely Mamma

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  7. Adri, Zulu 3

    ADRI!! What's this about you in another Zulu 3 trek? How's it going? Is it as awesome as the original Zulu 3? Are you missing tent nights with me, Morrin and Enma? Hope you're having lots, lots, lots and lots of fun and take care of those knees! You're an amazing and crazy lady to take on another Raleigh trek!

    Miss you tons!!
    MUCHOS BESOS
    jez xxxxx

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  8. George Moody Zulu 1
    Hi from Val Thorens, having a great time but missing you lots. 27 of us in the chalet can you believe, we split up on the slopes but all eat together which is quite a feat for the chalet staff. Weather was sunny for the first couple of days. Big snow fall last night so visibility is poor today, hence my day off. hopefully the sun will shine for the rest of the week.
    Your trek sounds amazing, hopefully you will have swum in the Pacific by the time you read this. Wonder what your plans are, if you go back on the original flight remember to visit MF and Bristol before SS. If possible call me or dad on mobile when you get to base camp, we are an hour ahead of UK and poor internet access. Hope you enjoy your last few days on Raleigh, can't wait to see you and your photos.
    Love from us all
    Mum xxx

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  9. Zulu 6 Louisa -- can't wait to see the folk dance - please video it. All well here - Easter went quickly - Will surfed.. but very cold, Ed back in one piece from skiing - both working hard now!!! Garden needs rain and a hose pipe ban!!! Looking forward to speaking next week ...love you Mum

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  10. Mel & Jane Pilkington11 April 2012 at 08:32

    Max Lilley

    Just read the blog what is it with you and your dancing you're obsessive! Just remember you'll be performing stone cold sober.

    Enjoy xxx
    Mel+ Jane Pilkington

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