Sunday, 27 January 2013

Salsa Burns

It has been a crazy few days at Fieldbase, after we all returned from 5 days on our Project Planning Visits, we needed to clean (ourselves and our kit), write up our project plans, risk assessments and casevac plans - but don't worry with our paperwork done, we made sure we had a bit of fun too - welcome to Expedition 13As induction into salsa and celebration of the great bard of Scotland with Burns Night.

Salsa Night
Keiner the HCV Coordinator and local Costa Rican showed us how to salsa
Salsa faces
Greg and Lou had it down (great salsa faces too)
Some salsa flair from Helena and Shane

Burn's Night at Fieldbase
We are incredibly lucky to have Scottish PMs on 13A and Colin and Marie who were amazing ambassadors for bonny Scotland - hosting a night of haggis, poems, hialirty and ceilidh dancing (you have never seen so many sweaty but suprisingly coordinated people in one place!) 

Our running order for Burns night

Vanessa gave us a speech: Preparing the Immortal Memory with her support crew of SLD

Address tae the Haggis by our eminent host Colin (that is a towel kilt yes) and a poem he wrote about the PMs and a mouse who was sadly effected by Millenium Development Goal 7: loss of biodiversity and therefore his home:

To a PM (Mouse?)

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beasties,
O, what a panic's in thy breasties!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering gossip!
I wad be laith to rin an' salsa with thee,
Or sing murd'ring Bohemian Rhapsody!

I'm truly happy man's dominion,
Has built this random social union,
An' breaks that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At us, thy poor, earth-born PMs,
An' fellow-mortal friends

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin! 
It's silly stinking clothes are strewin!
An' nowhere to sleep or clean, O' mattress dream!
An' bleak January's winds ensuin,
Please baith yer smelly bits clean! 
Thou saw the field laid bare an' wast,

An' weary Venturers comin fast,
An' crying their under tarp,
Thou wouldnae live - Till crash!
all our parties long past
Nada will we hiv.

That wee bit heap o' rash an' stubble,
Has cost thee mony a sneaky cuddle!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
Leaving all behind us, life or love,
To thole the Costa Rican heavens above,
Flying here like pastey white doves!

Still we art blest, compar'd wi' them 
The present has toucheth thee: Och if I backward cast my e'e.
On projects all we'll be!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
Pura Vida!

It was then over to Marie to Toast the Laddies:

Marie giving 'em hell - we beat them (female blogger!) go 13A Ladies

Colin and 40 VMs attempting to strip the willow
Gay Gordons
Elegance, grace and the Dashing White Sargeant 
It was very confusing
Sarah and Liz
Denise embracing her inner lassie
Team ceilidh - an incredible evening - the Scots definitely know how to have a good partay


  1. It certainly looks like everyone was having fun...the whole team look very competant at everything they do, including Scots dancing......WHAT was the replacement for HAGGIS ? Keep up your spirits and SALSA will keep you going! Best INDIABLOGGER

  2. Hi Louise. Some great dance moves! Looks like all those years of me and mummy watching Srtictly Come Dancing have rubbed off on you. It's nice to see that Brits abroad manage to keep their decorum and dignity at all times.... It's a wonder we ever managed to get an Empire... it must be the 'Devils in Skirts', and 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' culture that terrified the poor locals!.... that and the sound of bagpipes ! The snow has all gone now and the weather is much milder here. We went to the Curry & Quiz night in the village on Saturday night and raised nearly £300 on the raffle for our schools in Nepal and Sri Lanka. It's good to see that you have some guard dogs at the base for your security. I assume from their prone posture that they have one ear on the ground to listen for the footsteps of burglars etc, and their eyes closed to better concentrate on any distant sounds. I hope they have you mere humans trained (to amuse them, feed them and pet them as required)Louise's dad x

  3. Jeff Young Alpha 1.
    Hope you recieved my previous message.It continues to look a fantastic adventure..with lots of fun activities to go !! Expected to see you leading the Scottish Dancing for the Burns Night celebration , or combining both Scottish and Salsa in you own inimatable style.
    Anyway continue to enjoy and make sure we see more photos of you in the coming months.Take care Gordon Millhill.



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