We are now on day 7, and over half way through, our epic Nicaraguan road trip. A small but happy band of intrepid VMs, we loaded up our Land rover with salami, toilet paper, refried beans and other essentials and set off in search of trekkers, community projects and adventure. We found all three.
First was a visit to Alpha 2 , the Miratombo Trekkers, who we on fine form having made good time that day to be bang on schedule. We were able to cook them supper and pass on messages from home which lifted their spirits even further.
Next we spent some time with 2 ICS projects near Achuapa, this is a different scheme to the core Raleigh programme but they do similar projects with local communities to provide running water, coffee drying beds, and supporting youth and women's groups.
Today we are providing another food drop for Alpha 2 who have requested fresh fruit, which will be a pleasure to provide. We'll stay with them for the night then it's off to Alpha 5 for two nights.
Alpha 5 have requested tea bags, biscuits and candles - they intend hosting a British tea party for their community. I'm not sure if the candles are out of necessity or just for ambiance; it's all very Downton Abbey.