No, it isn't the city of Birmingham in England to which I am referring,
it is the sound resonating in our ears during intense 4x4 driving training for some of the Advance team! Ross, our Country Programme Manager, has been
patiently and bravely taking to the passenger seat this week and letting us
city slickers have a bash at driving Bravo 1, 2, 3 and 4, Raleigh’s trusty
Landies, around the CATIE farm, Turrialba, San Jose and off-road (the weather
overnight creating some interesting terrain to say the least!). As well as some
tentative on- and off-road driving, we all went a bit Daisy Duke and got
serious with a jack, lifting the 2 tonne vehicles and changing a tyre (a first
for some of us - ¿Dónde está
So, if you’re reading this and would like to wish us luck, please feel free
to comment – we’re all excellent drivers at home (obviously...) but add in a
different side of the road, Spanish road signs, opposite controls, some big
rocks, inclines to make your eyes water and 8 hours of torrential rain and we need all the support we can get! It’s all so we can get everything, and everyone, to (often remote) project
sites exactly when they’re needed in the next few weeks, very important I’m sure
you’ll agree. Our learner drivers are Nick, Jen, Dave, Bjorn, Katie, Roeland, myself (Leanne) and
Becky, all of whom will hopefully get some 4x4 fortune in our tests later this week.
Becky, one of our Logistics team, has another link to 'Brum'. She has been married for 2 years today
to a lucky gent from that aforementioned part of the world – who just happens
to be one of our Project Managers, Andy! So please join me in saying ‘Feliz Aniversario’ to Becky and Andy – you’ll be reading more
about them and why they decided to join a Raleigh expedition together over the next couple of weeks.
Andy will also be our guest blogger tomorrow, if he survives ‘Anniversary
Games Night’ here at Fieldbase!