Monday, 11 June 2012

Love and Land Rovers

Brum, Brum...

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 Kwik Fit?)

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!


  1. Best of luck with your 4x4 driving tests guys!
    Louise Gibney (arriving Thurs!!)

  2. Feliz Aniversario to Becky and Andy!!!! "Anniversary Games' sound amazing.....Sounds like you are working hard but also having a great time!!
    Can not wait to join you on Thursday!

  3. To: Andy and Becky Youl
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY for 12/6/12
    Good lucky to all on Expedition 12G/H
    From All in Redditch U.K.



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