Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Alpha 9 arrive in Conte Burika!

 Kate Wilson tells the epic tale of Alpha 9's journey to Conte Burika.
Spectacular view from the work site
Boulders, bruises and blisters. These are the three words that pretty much sum up alpha nine's past three days with the Ngobe tribe; and what an amazing couple of days they have been.

After a nine hour coach drive through the beautiful Costa Rican landscape with sandy beaches, smiley children and spider monkeys, just to name a few of the wonderful sights, we arrived at Punto Banco. Acres of beach, overhanging palm trees and not a person in sight.  Many of us agreed it was one of the most beautiful places we had seen- parents get jealous!  An early night was needed for the walk to La Corona where our community was based.

“A walk in the park" they said, "20 minutes more" they said, "it's not too uphill" they said. Here, the phrase "take everything with a pinch of salt" was applicable. Having acquired our new canine friend Rupert we set off for a stroll along the beach in the 3am moonlight.  The sun rose beautifully along the beach as we steadily made our way across two of the world's most stunning beaches, following our horse and guide Patricio. The sun was high but as rapidly as the heat was soaring, the tide was rising, our sweat was dripping and our smiles were fading. With the tide coming in, every second counted and we realised that navigating boulders with 20kg is not as easy as you would think.  With the help of our guides we were able to time the waves and reach half way with dry feet.  After a three hour walk and with tummies grumbling we stopped for lunch at 9am and a foot clinic was set up while the tide ebbed away.  

Bags back on, we were ready to go and for the first 10 minutes everything was fine. That was when we realised that we were not on the beach but actually on the surface of the sun. Sun-cream made little difference and sweated off but we were still determined with the reassurance of only three hours left to go. Three hours soon turned into four as blisters burst and we venturers found the going challenging.  By the ninth hour we reached the base of the cliff or “that slight uphill part” the guides referred to.  Scrambling up by hands and feet, Ben Nevis quickly turned into Everest but in our darkest hour the team pulled together and persevered.  With our last ounce of determination and digging into the depths of both mental and physical stamina we reached the village collapsing in a huge pile.  After 14 hours of trekking, 20km of beach and cliff and around ten metres of zinc oxide tape we made it.  Now time to build a health centre.
Woman in Ngobe traditional dress
The next day we turned our attention to the community project.  Over the next three weeks eleven venturers and three project managers were to begin construction of a health care post to help not only the 300 indigenous people living in La Corona but also the majority of surrounding community.  Ronaldo, a former HCV with Raleigh and one of the main builders, gave us a brief on the project and we all came to realise how much of a necessity the healthcare centre is.  Previously there was only one health post in La Peña, over 7 hours away.  This post cared for four different communities as well as immigrants from Panama.  Ronaldo explained that many people took the journey to La Peña only to find there was no space available.  With the head of the tribe, Khanaki, training to be a health outreach worker the healthcare centre will aim to increase the healthcare availability to all the indigenous people in the area.
The work begins...
As with all of alpha nine’s tasks, two days of simple log collection turned into Caber tossing/a "World’s strongest man" challenge.  A 2 km uphill scramble followed by another 2 km along uncertain paths with 15kg posts on our shoulders which were to become the foundations of the building tested our endurance again, but with the help of cunning carrying techniques and awe inspiring views we trudged on knowing that this was the first of four journey’s we would have to make.  Reaching camp in time for dinner comparison of bruises and blisters were once again the main topic of conversation.
Still smiling!
We’ve now just started construction on the main site and so far everything’s going well.  It’s crazy to think that in such a small space of time a group of people who’d only properly known each other for two days before departing could complete so much, survive various difficult situations and manage to get through it together. It’s definitely true to say that even on a community project Raleigh pushes you to both your physical and mental limits.  But it is the sense of achievement and closeness within our groups at the end of each day that is second to none.  Boulders, bruises and blisters?  So worth it.
Laying the foundations of the healthcare centre

52 comments:

  1. Costa Rica Alpha 9 to Florine Bottema
    Lief Florinekind,
    Wat heerlijk om je zo stralend op de foto te zien & wat een fantastisch werk leveren jullie daar voor die lieve mensen van La Corona! Geweldig te lezen hoe jullie je er ondanks de blaren, felle zon en 20kg backpack zo moedig doorheen slaan! En wat een ontzettend lief kaartje (en precies de goede kleur lak) kreeg ik als grote verrassing op mijn verjaardag! Zooo lief!! Was gezellig met m'n vriendinnen zo lekker aan de taart op maandag morgen! Mis je wel erg, pap, stijn & derkie ook, maar wetende dat jij het daar erg leuk hebt, je grenzen verlegt en heel veel leert en je bovendien mee mag helpen aan een heel bijzonder project, maakt het voor ons wel wat eenvoudiger! lieverdje heel veel liefs van ons en hou vol en als het echt moeilijk wordt probeer maar aan ons heerlijke Tyn-lunch-afspraakje te denken & voordat je het weet zitten we daar weer, maar dan luister ik naar al jouw verhalen ipv to-do lijstjes voor je backpack te maken!!!! Dikke kussen Derk,Stijn,Mam & Pap

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  2. Caroline Borstlap13 February 2013 at 02:11

    TO HIDDE BORSTLAP ALPHA 4

    HEYYYY lieve Heidi!!!!! A bit late but the best blogger is back on fire ;)!! Hoe is la pura vida?? Vind het zo een grappig idee dat je daar nu ook zit. het zal wel heel anders dan India zijn!! Is het weer al een beetje beter?? meestal is base camp altijd rainy kan ik me nog herinneren!!!! Ik ben nu weer in Amsterdam, back to school! St Moritz was heel leuk geweest!! maar OMG het was zoooo freezing koud!! 1 dag zelfs -26!! Dus je kunt je wel inbeelden hoe leuk co dat vond! Nou ik moet zeggen papa wordt volgens mij soms een beetje gek van allebei de meisjes haha. Co en ik zijn lekker altijd eerder "chocolat chaud" gaan bestellen hoor :D. Ik miste wel men snelheidspartner naast me op de piste hoor!!

    Nou ik gaan me maar eens aankleden want moet naar school --> frans bluhh!!! maar ik denk heel veel aan je lieve Heidi en hoop snel leuke fotos van jullie groep te zien!!!

    Oh trouwens te grappig dat Keiner nu ook bij Raleigh werkt!! Hij was toen ik er was gewoon ook een venturer zoals mij haha :) doe hem maar veel liefs!!

    LOVE YOU lief broertje!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Carretje

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  3. For Bella (13A Alpha 9)
    Good to see Kate's blog entry this morning and reading about your journey to La Corona. Seems strange reading about sweltering heat when we have more snow here! Hope the blisters and sunburn aren't too bad - at least its all in a good cause. And it will toughen your feet up for your trek phase! Looking forward to hearing all about it from you later. Love Mum x

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  4. For Kate Wilson Alpha 9
    Wow - epic journey indeed! I was exhausted just reading it! So glad you reached the destination intact, and what a great experience for you all. Happy to see you're still smiling!
    Lots of love from us all
    Mumx

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  5. Hi BELLA!!!!

    Hope you are having a wonderful time, just as I did!
    I will write to you via airmail in due course, but for now my time is far too important to waste on you. If you have wifi at changeovers, drop me a facebook message- you took your BlackBerry right?

    Stay safe, lots of love, Greg xxx

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  6. For Bella Jones in Alpha 9
    Hi BB
    Well done to you and your intrepid fellow Alpha Niners. Have just read a wonderful account of your first few days (and congratulations to whoever wrote it). Hope you haven't run out of Compeeds already! That was quite a hike in and you should be proud of yourself. It sounds like a very special part of the world and I'm very envious of you (yes, blisters, bruises and all). Glad to see the photos show you still smiling and pleased to hear you're getting your Vitamin D too! London is so dull (in every sense) by comparison. Looking forward to the next update. Greg tells me he's going to send you a message via Facebook in the hope that you can pick it up back at base camp but he's thinking of you when he's not slaving at essays (yeah right). The whole family is thinking of you in fact.
    Lots of love
    Sharon
    x

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  7. Jelmer van der Ploeg, Alpha 6
    Ha lieve Jelmer! We hadden al eerder een berichtje gestuurd maar we vragen ons af of deze is aangekomen....we hebben je al een paar keer op de foto gezien,geweldig om je bezig te zien en dat je op het schiereiland van Costa Rica bzig bent! Heb je al een Robinson Crusoe gevoel? We missen je thuis wel, vooral de vrolijke deuntjes op de piano!
    Tot het volgende bericht! dikke kus papa,mama, Annemiek, Eline&Niek

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  8. For Wisha, Alpha 9. So good to hear news of your project and what a great blog by Kate. Not sure whether to take Kate's narrative "WITH A PINCH OF SALT" but it sounds like a helluva 'n arduous hike you all went through to La Corona. Walking the dog on Gullane beach will be a breeze after that! Hope the blisters are healing and the building is rising from the dust. Full of admiration for you all. Well done. Dad

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  9. Hey Wish Alpha 9, sure beats the slush and cold in the UK. I am definitely jealous despite the description of the heat and sweat to get there. I definitely want a gap year too and soon before I get too old. Enjoy and look forward to seeing a tanned bridesmaid in May.
    Have fun
    x Mo

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  10. To Robin van Gelderen!

    Schat! Keep up the good work! Hou je taai en geniet er ook een beetje van ;-). Kunnen ze niet ff een fotootje van jou posten? Ben erg benieuwd, spreek je snel. Ik vertrek a.s. zondag ook al! Liefs en dikke kus, Sophie Schuttelaar

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  11. Granny and I read your blog together and we loved hearing all the news. the 3 Bs, Bruises,Blisters and Boulders sounds sore! I hope your feet are recovering. it has been cold snowy rainy and windy here today but we did take Pippa and Tricks out for a run as they were sending us demented in the house. Hope the health post is taking shape.
    Lots of love Mum,Granny and Vesna xx

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  12. Oops, that last comment was for Wisha.

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  13. For Philip kolff

    Lieve philly, wat hebben we genoten van het fantastische verhaal op het blog van jullie alpha 9! Wat hebben jullie al veel meegemaakt, en hard gewerkt! We zijn echt reuze trots dat je dit doet en mag helpen aan het bouwen van een medisch gebouw. Hoop dat je blaren meevallen! Hier gaat alles heel goed, we missen je enorm dat wel! Er ligt nog steeds sneeuw, en het is heel koud. Felicia werkt hard en Bloofer is dol op de sneeuw. Ik verheug me om je stem te horen, bel of mail met ons als je weer op basecamp bent. Dikke zoenen schat. En keep calm and carry on! love you! mam, pap, felicia, quireyn en Bloofer

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  14. for Sarah Tilley Alpha 7
    Hi Saree,
    Haven't seen my last comment on the blog so I am not sure I sent it properly. We haven't seen any pictures of your group yet but you are in very remote parts. I bet you are having a fab/exhausting/eye opening time and we look forward to hearing all about it. We have also sent you a couple of letters which will hopefully wend their way. How are the fried beans and the coffee? We saw 1 picture of you at the induction phase very seriously stirring a cooking pot ..Wonder what culinary delight that was.
    Very little news here but we have had more snow and it has been very cold and wet. No walks therefore on Merryhill at the moment. It is half term next week - yippee so a bit of a break at last although I shall be going to Wrexham to see Uncle David for 1 day and I have 50 reports to write. Ugh!!!
    That's about it. I have told Dad to put a note on the blog but it is all a bit too new fangled for him and he prefers snail mail so you may have to wait for his airmail delivery!!!!
    Look after yourself and may your muscles not be aching too much.
    Lots of love as always MUM

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  15. For Don Alpha 9

    Good to see that your still smiling after such an arduous trek. Hope you get to swim soon as your blisters will benefit from the salt.

    You are doing a really worthwhile job and it seems that other websites are also following your progress.

    Its freezing here still and snowing so on balance we'd prefer the CR climate. The Gower will never look the same to you again!
    Mum and dad

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  16. For Wisha, Alpha 9.
    Hey wizzy!! Looks like your having such a great time. Missing you loads. No doubt you will be coming back with a tan you lucky thing, it was snowing here today. Good luck with everything lovey. Massive hugs and kisses Alex xx

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  17. Sabine und Andreas Noodt13 February 2013 at 14:02

    to Philipp Noodt
    Hallo mein Schatz, wir haben dir geschrieben, hoffentlich hast du die Nachricht erhalten! Du hast bestimmt eine tolle Zeit, und wir würden so gerne viel mehr Photos sehen und hören, wie es Dir geht! Wir skypen viel mit Vicky, die hoffentlich bald ihre Gastfamilie wechseln kann.
    Tausend Küsse, mein Schatz, Mami

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  18. For Philip Kolff, Alpha 9. Kremineel man dat is echt aanpakken geblazen daar, maar wel beregaaf en wat een avontuur. Plus in een waanzinnig mooi land. Wat wil je nog meer? Ik blijf je volgen, want vind het veel te interessant. Nou werk ze en geniet er met volle teugen van. Liefs tante Q xoxoxo

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  19. Message for Nick Varney, Alpha 5

    Hi Darling, Loving watching the blog, although struggling to see you in the photos! It all looks amazing. hope you are still having a great time. Looks hard work and hot, but great fun. How are the mossies? All well here. Lots of letters on their way to you for when you get back to camp, sports news and more. Ipi sadly lost on Sat, 1-0, but they will be fine. Man U/ Real 1:1 tonight, all to play for back at Old Trafford. Ebsie in the 8, Herks looking forward to coming home this weekend for 1/2 term.
    Mummy v jealous of the heat out there, snow and sleet permanenetly here! Love you darling so much, missing you masses, but am sure you are having a wonderful time. Look forward to speaking when you get back to camp.
    xxxx

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  20. Emma Holder 13A, Alpha 4.
    Hello gorgeous girl, Happy Valentines day, WE LOVE YOU!
    Thinking of you all the time and wondering what you are up to?? Jack home safe and already a grump, Callum here for some R & R, on his reading week. Tashy counting down to her birthday/trip and Betsy noisy, growing and talking about you alot "when I'm 4, I want to do what Emma is doing.."
    Home is quiet.
    loving you girlie girl, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  21. To James Taylor ALPHA 6
    Hi James
    Hope all is going well we are looking forward to hearing about your group and what you are doing. I have been following the blog and it is great to hear about all the great work everyone is doing. It sounds like hard work but good fun toHope you have made some good friends and that you have not got too many blisters!!
    You are not missing anything here, weather has been cold and miserable. Tess is ok sleeping most of the time. Jonny managed to get her to walk to the field the other day and she tried to visit Cathy and Erle.
    Take care and hope to hear some of your news soon.
    Lots of love Mum, Dad, Jonny , Guy and Tess xx

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  22. to Hidde Borstlap Alpha4,
    Dag allerliesfte schat van me!
    Hoe gaat het daar? nog steeds alles goed hoop ik? We krijgen nog steeds niets te zien van jou groep. Alles zal wel inorde zijn. Char en ik zijn giteren naar de kapper geweest.. haha je zal Char haar haal heel mooi vinden (not) bij mij nog wel cva hoor(10cm eraf). Die avond is Car ook bij mij blijven slapen, want het is uit met David dus ze had wel even wat steun nodig! Vanavond gaan we allemaal samen weg naar Roxy of R&B dat weten we nog niet.. zal vast wel leuk worden. Al zal ik je wel missen hoor :-(
    Goed lieve schat, nog veel plezier en ik hoop dat je al je berichtjes aankrijgt!
    I love you xxxxxxxxxxxxx Je meisje
    happy valentine's day baby! Miss you :-((((

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  23. to Philipp Noodt,

    Hallo mein Lieber, hoffentlich kriegst Du diese Nachricht! Du hast bestimmt eine super Zeit, und ich würde so gerne mehr hören, was Ihr alles macht!
    Vicky geht es jetzt auch gut, sie ist endlich bei ihrer neuen Gastfamilie, den Eltern von Steph, eine Freundin, die sie durch Maryann kennengelernt hat.
    Dicker Kuss, Mami

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  24. For Drew MacPherson Alpha 9. Hey Drew really enjoyed reading about the start of your community project. You are looking great and look as if you are really enjoying yourself. Cant wait to see all that your group accomplish while you are there. We are very proud of all the hard work you are doing. Love Mum and Dad

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  25. to: Philip Kolff Alpha 9

    yo phil, aan de te lezen teksten en foto's ziet het er onwijs zwaar uit, maar wel voor een mooi en goed doel! ik hoorde van je ma dat je het zwaar hebt maar wel erg naar je zin. ik ben ff de tijd kwijt over hoelang je daar al zit, maar voor jou gevoel moet dat zeker echt al een eeuwigheid zijn...
    hoop dat alles nog steeds goed met je gaat en dat je het erg leuk hebt.
    kerel, nogmaals veel sterkte de resterende tijd die je daar zit en nog heel veel plezier!!
    groetjes,
    jasper

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  26. For Denise Hurden Alpha 8
    Back Home. Hope your first project is going well and you are making progress and getting on well with the locals. Proud of what you are all doing. Hope the mozzies are still avoiding you, don't know how you can cope with all the spiders etc. Keep up the good work look forward to hearing from you upon your return to base. Love xx MD

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  27. Para Berny Brenes, Alpha 7.

    Hola de nuevoo! :) Ya le había escrito antes pero realmente no estoy segura de si le llegó, usted sabe que esto de la tecnología definitivamente no es lo mío, así que tome en cuenta la intención. Para compensar este mensajillo va a ser más largo.

    Feliz Díaaaa! Páselo bonito!
    Ya un poco más de dos semanas, que rápido! Supongo que ya ha aprendido demasiadas cosas y por las fotos y videos que he visto la está pasando increíble, todos se ven super felices, hasta me contagian! De verdad me alegro muchísimo, disfrute y viva cada segundo! :)

    Si si, ya sé lo que está pensando, que que culiola pero le toca aguantarse!
    Un abrazote MR (polada oculta, adivine) jaja :*

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  28. Hee lieve florine, ik open net m'n iPad en mama's Facebook staat nog open! Ik snap dit allemaal niet maar kon fijn het stukje over je bijzondere tocht lezen! Wat een dapper nichtje ben jij, samen met al je andere dappere reisgenoten zetten jullie je samen in voor een heel mooi goed doel! Respect van ons allemaal voor jullie en jou in het speciaal! Heel veel liefs van ons allemaal uit een druilerig Nederland , geniet van deze heel bijzondere tijd, dikke kussen , Yvette , Cees, Lisa, Gijs , Sophie , Daan en Bram .

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  29. For Ollie alpha 4. Alright lad it's ye dad havint heard from you yet getting a bit worried we are all mising ye shay is forever wingin about ye jack was mashed the other night an I was asleep an he was looking at the pictures av put on the fridge ov us at the charity do an he said he started laughing his head off an then he burst out in tears cryin av put dow in ye bank kid we all miss ye like mad kid get in touch soon as love ye xxx

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  30. For Harini Hewa Dewage, Alpha 8.

    Harini just wanted to wish you a happy birthday! Hope you're having fun, and I'm sure you're doing amazing work for the charity! I hope you get a birthday cake (*cough*cough*, people organising this trip :P) and just have an awesome time! I'll be going to South America in a week so I'm excited too! Oh and btw, I'm having an official interview for my Imperial PhD next week, before I leave!! SO excited. Will let you know how it goes and when I find out if I got it (wish me good luck). Miss you!
    Sara

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  31. Ottie Westerink - alpha 6- Hey lieve Otje, ben zoooooo benieuwd hoe het is! Krijgen wel veel te zien op de blog, maar nog geen foto met jou waar je paadje aanharkt of wegen aanlegt in het park! Volgens mij doe je dat deze week. Zie sommigen zelfs met hele boomstammen op hun schouder! Mamma mia! Indrukwekkend wat jullie doen! Missen je hier heel erg! Saaie boel zonder jou! Dit weekend zijn wij in Portugal bij ammie en pipa en woensdag wordt flippie 21! Ied was blij met je brief, ze heeft haar rijbewijs nu in haar pocket. Heb trouwens brief naar jou gestuurd, hoop dat je die ontvangt! Dag lieve Ottepetot, big kiss van ons allebei! xxxxxx

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  32. Para Jeannina Alpha7, De nuevo yo, es que no veo los mensajes que te ponemos y no sabemos si te llegan, queria decirte que te extrañamos mucho y que estamos esperando que nos llame, hace días que no publican fotos ni videos de tu grupo. Te queremos mucho. Sabe quien soy verdad, que s3.

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  33. Rachael Harrison 13N

    hi rachael!! hope you're okay and are having the best time ever! Feels like you've been gone forever, its only been a couple of weeks! You'll have to let me know how you are and what you're up to if you can write back. Can't wait to hear all about it, it must be amazing. I bet you're learning so much and are having such an eye-opening experience. I still can't believe you've gone and done it, its just the most random thing haha. Not much going on back in Middlesbrough (no shock there) except that im missing you at zumba, its not as fun on my own, hurry back and dance with me! Anyway, hope to hear from you soon and hope you're staying safe out there!! Missing you lots!! Lots of love, Catherine xxxxxxx p.s happy valentines day ray-z

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  34. To Emily Elliott Alpha 5
    Hi Em,
    Happy Valentine's Day! No carnations I'm afraid but have sent letters to your email for your return to field base. All good here. Hope that you are having a great time.
    Lots of love,
    Mum xxx

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  35. Message for Emma holder 13A alpha 4

    Happy valentines day! And 7 months! Hope you are ok having fun and having a good valentines and that the card was ok. Missing you lots, thank you soo much for all of my letters CDs card and present I love them all! I've been listening to the CDs a lot before bed most nights. You'll be glad to know that everyone here is still asking about you and all is all pretty much the same with everyone. We've been eating a lot of Emma inspired meals as well! Which all seems to be going down well. I'll cook for you when you get back. Can't wait to hear how your getting on. Loads and loads and lots and lots and lots of love ash xxxxxxxxxxx speak soon!!! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  36. James Anthoney 13A , Alpha 6
    hi James
    Reading the blog it all sounds very challenging but also very rewarding. Looking forward to reading / hearing more about your project in due course.
    Mum and I had a great weekend Dublin watching England narrowly win the rugby but lose the Guinness drinking ! Ben looking forward to his half term break and walking Lexi more for Lent - believe that when i see it ... Boro finally broke their 5 game losing streak by beating Leeds so still in contention for automatic promotion.
    Speak soon , love Mum , Dad , Ben & Lexi

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  37. Florine Bottema, Alpha 9

    Lieve Florine,
    Yvette is even hier en heeft dit voor mij opgezocht.wat geweldig allemaal, wel zwaar, maar volhouden! Leuk de foto's, zo ben je toch een
    beetje bij ons.
    Dikke kus van Opa en Oma.
    !

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  38. To FAY Koster, ALPHA 1
    Dag lieve schat, hoe vordert je trek? Nu ergens in het midden tussen de 2 kusten schat ik? In Tapanti National Park misschien? Ik denk elke dag veel aan je en vraag me af hoe het gaat: of je het leuk hebt of zwaar; of je blaren hebt of niet; of je slaapzak goed is en wat je daar eet....(veel pork and beans?) En waarschijnlijk ben jij alleen maar aan het genieten! (hoop ik!)
    Ik ben heel erg benieuwd naar je verhalen straks! Hier heeft het weer flink gesneeuwd de afgelopen week, maar nu is de sneeuw veranderd in blubber en de eerste sneeuwklokjes staan alweer boven de grond. Als jij terugkomt is alles al weer groen en in bloei, raar idee! Ik kreeg trouwens bericht van DUO, je inschrijving bij ULC is goed binnen gekomen! Nou lieverd, zet em op voor de rest van de trek!! Kusjes en knuffels, mama

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  39. For Freddie Brock Alpha 3
    Woooo I passed my driving test! 2 minors, I'm such a better driver than you! Hope you're having a good time and you're not missing me too much.
    Love Ali-B xx

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  40. To: Jelmer van der Ploeg Alpha 6

    Hee lieve broer!
    Hoe is het daar? De foto's zien er super uit!
    Mis je al wel erg hier, t is zo leeg maarja alvast wennen aan volgend jaar!
    Heb je het naar je zin, zo te zien moet dat wel. Ik ben superjaloers haha! Ik hoop dat je nog een hele mooie tijd daar tegemoet gaat, veel sterkte met al het zwaars en geniet van alle mooie dingen!
    Heel veel liefs en een dikke kus van je zusje

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  41. To Ben Jacobs Alpha 2
    Hi darling. Been trying to send you a message since you left. wouldn't work. Tonight we're with the cousins soI've experimented on their computer and it works. So no messages is not cos I haven't been thinking of you. have been absorbed in every blog and seen photos - before you left for your trek. Never seen so many happy, smiling faces .... that was then. Hope you're still smiling now!
    Biggest news here is that your mate Oscar Pistorious has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. apart from that excitement, London is cold, damp and dull. All very jealous of your amazing trip and vast amounts of Vit D.
    Hope you can make contact when you back at fieldbase.
    lots of love (from cousins too), mum

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  42. For Alex Bührich Alpha 2 Costa Rica 13A
    Hallo mein Schatz,
    hoffe, dass Du ok bist und viel Spass hast. Du hast bestimmt eine tolle Zeit und ich freue mich, bald von Dir zu hören!
    HDGDLK Mami

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  43. Para Jeannina Barrientos Ching Alpha 7

    Hola Nina!!! Ya está listo, deseo tanto que lo podas ver, la bitacora esta bien llena, y ya te envie algo. Espero estes turbo bien, llena de alegría y entusiasmo. Te quiero muchisimo!!! (...)

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  44. Emilie Wesseling (alpha 4)

    Heeeee Emcoootje!

    Hoe is het bij de scouting?? Having fun? Ligt je matje nog lekker? Al spinnen opgegeten? Muggen gevangen? Slangen gezien? Is het leuk?
    De foto's zien er heel gaaf uit alhoewel het wel vaak moeilijk is om te zien of je erbij staat! En van alpha 4 zie ik ook niets!

    Papa en ik hebben al heel vaak geprobeerd om iets te sturen maar soms lukt dat niet (?), maar dat is wel medium logisch omdat de briljantste techneut van de familie nu in Costa Rica zit, anders was dat natuurlijk niet gebeurd.

    Ik hoorde dat je nu in een krokodillen park aan de weg aan het timmeren bent, is het gezellig? Wanneer kom je weer bij het basis kamp?

    Nou laat even snel iets van je horen als dat kan!! Wel saai zo hoor! Ik was afgelopen week ziek er was hier dus echt geen kip in huis. Saai.

    Veel plezier nog en pas op voor krokodillen!!!

    XXXXXXXXXX annie

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  45. Emilie Wesseling (alpha 4)

    Heeeee Emcoootje!

    Hoe is het bij de scouting?? Having fun? Ligt je matje nog lekker? Al spinnen opgegeten? Muggen gevangen? Slangen gezien? Is het leuk?
    De foto's zien er heel gaaf uit alhoewel het wel vaak moeilijk is om te zien of je erbij staat! En van alpha 4 zie ik ook niets!

    Papa en ik hebben al heel vaak geprobeerd om iets te sturen maar soms lukt dat niet (?), maar dat is wel medium logisch omdat de briljantste techneut van de familie nu in Costa Rica zit, anders was dat natuurlijk niet gebeurd.

    Ik hoorde dat je nu in een krokodillen park aan de weg aan het timmeren bent, is het gezellig? Wanneer kom je weer bij het basis kamp?

    Nou laat even snel iets van je horen als dat kan!! Wel saai zo hoor! Ik was afgelopen week ziek er was hier dus echt geen kip in huis. Saai.

    Veel plezier nog en pas op voor krokodillen!!!

    XXXXXXXXXX annie

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  46. Hello donald Hill,
    Looks amazing where you are and its fantastic what your doing. Be good to see all of you in the next photo.
    Much love Sarah and Merv xx

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  47. Dougie Critchley - Alpha 3

    Hope all going well, boots good, and basher building becoming second nature. Scenery and sunrise looks amazing. Playa Matapalo beckons. All well here. Looking forward to the Scotland/Ireland home game next w/e. Lots of love, Dad, Mum. H and T. x

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  48. To Philip Kolff

    Hey Philly! Ik hoop dat alles goed gaat met je tussen de indianen en pure natuur. Ik denk vast wel als ik zo naar de natuur kijk en hetgeen jullie allemaal voor elkaar krijgen. Maar goed hier aan t thuisfront blijft het gissen hoe de dagen zijn en staan we te trappelen om een idee te krijgen hoe t is en wat je allemaal meemaakt. Hier gebeurd verder niet zoveel bijzonders anders dat het maar een stille bedoeling is zonder jou. Nou als t je lukt, laat dan ff wat van je horen via skype op wat dan ook. Love you! Vette hug van je Pa!! xxx

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  49. for Hanne Katinka Halvorsen, Alpha 9. Vi tenker på deg hver dag, følger med på siden til raleigh og gleder oss over bilder og nytt. Du ser glad ut og vakker som alltid. Alt bra her. Ønsker deg gode dager videre. Ta vare på føtter og rygg :-) Glad i deg. Klem mams og Andrine

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  50. Message for Kieran Simpson

    Hi Kieran,

    Great to see that you got there and to see what looks like an amazing project underway. I hope you have a fantastic trip and that you'll keep us up to date with photos and so on. You all should be very proud of yourselves - it really is wonderful to see young people ( who are so often portrayed as selfish/lazy etc ) making such a huge contribution to the lives of others.

    Best wishes

    Martin Cairns

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  51. Greg & Cathy Yetter21 February 2013 at 13:34

    To: Cas McCormick Alpha 9

    Hi Cas! You are smiling in all the pictures so that must be good. Looks like they have you on the heavy end of carrying timber.

    Hope all is going well. We look forward to hearing all the stories and seeing the pictures upon your return.

    Take Care. Be safe. All the best!!

    Cheers !

    Greg and Cathy

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  52. TO: Patricia Walker Alpha 9

    Hi Wizz,
    Well done for getting away from the Scottish winter and I hear you have finished the building project. Hope you are enjoying the next part of the adventure and I wonder where you will be celebrating your birthday on Tuesday? We will be thinking of you and send a big hug. All well with us. Much love Georgie & James xxx

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