Saturday, 2 March 2013

X-Ray 5: The Long and Winding Road


X-Ray 5 are clockwise from top left: Pauline, Jeff, Berny, Daniele, Harini, Flo, Tom, Bella, Cas, Jac, Anthony, Simon, Angie, Hibbe, Iona, Chris and Drew

San Lucas, a beautiful island rich in history and adunbant in wildlife, became home to 13 Venturers and 3 PMs for 19 days as they set out on their environmental project last Sunday. A short boat ride from Puntarenas we pulled up on the shore of the former prison island, slightly uncertain but eager and excited to meet our Ranger to find out how we could help.
The pier on Isla San Lucas where prisoners used to arrive as did X-Ray 5!

Our first job was to clear the old library, which had become a jungle and was covered with litter and debris. Within 2 days we had restored the library removing all of the litter and uncovering the original green tiles. Although the Ranger said that sorting out the litter into groups wasn’t necessary we insisted on separating plastics and metals in order to allow the women on the mainland to earn money from recycling and to make a positive environmental impact.
San Lucas is abundant in wildlife, howler monkeys are currently under threat from poachers

The following day we were given our plan of action for the coming 2 weeks. Our aim is to improve the paths on the island, first by evening out the slopes to make them level and then the plan is to cover it in sand to compact the soil and for durability. The work has been difficult, the soil is hard and the heat is intense but X-Ray5 have been powering through and with great determination and teamwork we have covered 400m in 3 days.
X-Ray 5's camp is right on the water, basher beds are made out of bamboo and a hammock

The Ranger has been truly impressed by the high standard to which we are working to and has congratulated us on our progress so far. Our work will not only improve the island and make it more accessible but also encourages tourism so that visitors can be educated about the prison and it’s history. At one stage there were plans to change the island into a resort but luckily the motion was denied and the island has stayed a conservation area with some restoration of the prison.
The view from camp out over the water which is filled with stingrays and turtles alongside phosphorescence

The work X-Ray 5 have been doing has been really rewarding so far, our hard work has paid off as the paths are noticeably better and we can see the positive impact we are having on the environment. While being here, we’ve had a tour of the prison and heard some of the brutal stories of the prisoners in the past as well as having access to the book that was written by one of the inmates of the prison, the island of lonely men. We all feel extremely privileged to be living on this island and to be helping conserve the environment as well as being part of the work that the rangers do to encourage sustainable tourism.
Today's blog was written by X-Ray 5s Project Communications Officer Bella Jones

61 comments:

  1. Para: Ignacio Sancho X-ray 9
    hola setsi hahaha (usted me entiende) Hahaha pero quien tiene ya 20 años y una semana ? que viejo haha imaginece ahora me lleva 3 años :O ... ya paso un mes amor, que loco , no se me hizo tan eterno como pensaba , bueno la primera semana si fue un asco hahaha pero despues entre a la U y todo se me ha pasado mas rapidillo , graciaaaas encerio por llamarme me alegro demasiado saber de usted y extrañaba demasiado escucharlo(solo usted me puede hacer tan feliz estando a tantos kilometros ) haha , espero que en este nuevo proyecto le vaya super bien y que disfrute un monton guapo:)
    Vieras que llevo ya una semana toda enferma y ha sido lo peor -.- pero espero recuperarme pronto.
    Tuve mi primera nota asco de la U haha y fue bastante deprimente, pero ahi le estoy poniendo bastante ;).
    Lo extraño muchisimo y si ya paso un mes pero por nada del mundo me olvido de usted ni de una promesa por ahi;),lo quiero demasiado como no tiene una idea hey, es el mejor usted el mas raro de todos y el mas especial para mi
    ,un beso y un abrazote gigantee

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  2. For Bella Jones, x-ray 5
    Lovely blog post BB! Glad to hear you are working hard, looks like a lovely setting and interesting place to be too. Hard to believe you are half-way through the project already, make the most of it!
    Love,
    Mum

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  3. To Michelle Melchior, X-Ray 4.

    Lieeeeeeeeve Sjell!!
    Hehe, dit is zowat al de 6e keer dat ik een berichtje probeer te posten. Maar het is gelukt! Wat goed!! om je op de foto's zo hard te zien werken haha!! Heel knap en goed dat jullie huizen hebben gebouwd! De foto's zagen er leuk en het ziet er allemaal gezellig uit! Hoe is je nieuwe project? En je nieuwe groepje? Leuk dat je nu bij iemand zit die je al kent. Toch maar nog even niet niet de trek? De environmental klinkt ook erg goed. En, houd je het nog vol?? Vast wel! tenslotte niks anders van jou gewend! Vind het wel knap hoor! Het lijkt mij iig wel erg zwaar. Ben erg benieuwd naar je nieuwe verhalen, helaas moet ik nog even wachten totdat ik je weer kan spreken.. Hier in nl is het niet veel bijzonders. Lekker rustig zullen we maar zeggen. Mis je wel hoor! Heb je ook met carnaval erg gemist, hahaha!! Jaaaa, volgend jaar zal je er maar weer gewoon aan moeten geloven. Ik hoop dat er binnenkort weer foto's van je groepje worden geplaatst! Kan ik die hardwerkende Michelle weer spotten haha! Zal binnenkort nog wel weer een berichtje posten. Heeeeel veel plezier en succes verder!!!! Geniet er nog maar even van voordat je weer terug in nl bent! Dikke kussen xxxxxxxx Lisa (en ook heeel veel liefs en plezier van Isabel)

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  4. For Freddie Brock X Ray 9
    Hope you are having a fantastic time. Weather still cold here. Have been cycling with Andy B but need to get a lot fitter to go out with you when you get home.
    Mum sent another letter and her love. Let us know how you are getting on at the next changeover.
    Dad

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  5. Daniel Carranza X-RAY 5 Isla San Lucas:
    Hola Hija bella! hoy sábado 2 de marzo observamos papi y yo unas hermosas fotos de la isla, además papi me tradujo los comentarios que venían al pie de las mismas. Además te ví en la foto quedó bellísima y sonriendo como me gusta verte. Por aquí todo bien, hoy fuimos a San Ignacio de Acosta y observamos las montañas de la zona de los Santos por donde anduvistes anteriormente, de verdad que eres valiente para haber realizado esa travesía, me siento contenta y orgullosa de tener una hija tan fuerte y valiente. Te AMO DEMASIADO y que Dios te bendiga!

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  6. For Hebe:

    Hey love - I hope you're having a great time!! I can't believe you've been there almost 2 weeks! How are you dealing with living off beans and tuna? ;) Please don't come home stick skinny! The photos are looking amazing, as do these blog updates so I'm very impressed with what you're doing on your "Gap Yah!"

    We got the list for NYC today and I'm so sad that you're not going to be there, and Wibble and Kat won't be there either. :( So sad!!

    I hope you're not wearing your clogs, and having the best time - get in touch if you can :) love you!

    Chia xxx

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  7. daniela carranza x-ray 5 isla san lucas hola hola maria como estas? imagino que super , que cool enserio, apesar del brete vale la pena demasiado hasta se disfruta imagino mas bien, bien por vos que estas ahi ese lugar es increible todo lo que encierra la historia la vegetacion el sol que rico esa luna tan buena que ha echo estos dias jue cuidado pierde que bien maria , aqui esta haciendo frio viera que esta lloviendo y todo bueno es babylon you know jajaj pero por lo demas todo bien =) , que bueno vi que ya le enviaron msj su mama y prima vio que bueno estaban contentas mas su mama que dicha asi esta mas tranquila de verdad ella sabe que estas super bien , me han contado que se ven luces en la noche que chiva tb que bueno seria escuchar pink floyd ahi jaja la verdad ,ahi salieron unas fotos de donde estas que loco donde duerme a mi me habian enseÑado a hacer esas camas uuuuuuu jaja que salvaje q es se parece a mi tb jajaja maria maria que buen ride por usted siga sonriendo, hoy la pense mucho le mando muchas buenas vibras que siga disfrutanto cuidese del sol, por aqui toda va bien usted sabe =) love youuu hey remember you are my woderwall so let there be love jaja do you know what i mean ?jaja maria maria

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  8. Esther de Rooy3 March 2013 at 05:59

    TO CHARLOTTE DUMOULIN X-RAY 7

    Char! Meisje ik mis jou zo intens, ik hoop dat je het helemaal naar je zin hebt in je nieuwe projectgroep! Heel veel succes en vooral plezier jij daar en ondertussen zitten wij hier de weken af te tellen tot je weer terug komt, gaan we samen partyen! Geniet ervan daar, IK MIS JE!! XXXXX es

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  9. Fay Koster X-ray 9
    Hey lieve Fay!
    Hoe is het daar in Costa Rica nu? Heb je al veel geholpen en ook leuke dingen gedaan? De skivakantie was heel erg leuk! Ik heb skilessen gehad een paar dagen van een privelerares en ik kan nu al vet goed skiën!! Maar snowboarden gaat ook gelukkig nog steeds goed.... Er lag daar heel veel verse sneeuw en het was ook heel gezellig met Florian en Cato erbij! (alleen hebben ze gisteren hun vlucht terug gemist en zitten ze nu nog in Grenoble, haha! ;P ) Volgende keer ga je lekker mee hoor! :) Het is daar een heel leuk skigebied in Courchevel! (we hebben heel veel kaasfondue gegeten....)
    Vandaag kreeg ik je verjaardagsbrief, het was heel fijn om die te lezen!!! Wat lief dat je tijdens je trek nog aan mij hebt gedacht en dat je die brief had gestuurd!!!! Ik mis jou ook heel erg en ik denk heel veel aan je en aan wat je daar allemaal doet en beleeft. Heel veel dikke kussen en knuffels van je zusje Birte!

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  10. Dougie Critchley, X-Ray 7
    Hi Darling,
    So loved the photographs on the blog of you painting the clingfilm - crazy fun! Also enjoyed the picture of your holding the dog for your skit at changeover - it's almost smiling!
    Had a lovely couple of days with Mouse and dipped my toes in the Solent whilst looking across at the Isle of Wight. Looking forward to seeing on the blog how X-Ray 7 are getting on..... H&T well and bouncy. Daffs beginning to come up. Big x from us all darling

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  11. Ottie Westerink XRay 3 Hey lieve Otje, zit hier met Nana en bekijken de blogsite. Foto's zijn super! Wat een natuur! En we zagen alle kunst die jullie maken.....gaaaaaaf!!!! Hier begint eindelijk de lente een beetje, heerlijk! Tante Ingrid komt nu ook binnen, van ons allemaal een hele dikke hug!!!!!!!!!!! ps great to see you again longing to hear all your stories Nana xxxx

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  12. Catherine Davies3 March 2013 at 10:22

    For Catherine Davies, XRay 6
    Hope everything is going fine.I'm really getting a whizz at this blogging - twice in 5 weeks. Wayhey! I shall phone Anwen to find out more about the girl(s) in your class to see if you want to stay there and get back to you. Enjoy not being here!
    Much love, Mum, Dad, HB and Nosh xxx

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  13. Kathleen Chester3 March 2013 at 11:01

    This message is for Akalia Ouellet X-ray9

    Hi Sweetie,
    I've been thinking about you - sending you cooling thougts. We had a snow storm last week - beautiful. All the trees were covered with snow. I will send you some pictures if I can remember how to download the photos from my camera. Where's my computer girl when I need her!!!! Oh, by the way we are starving!!!
    Chanelle was home for reading week. I think she had a nice break. It was great having her home. Brock hasn't heard anything yet from any hockey teams but his agent is working on it. Hopefully in the next couple of days they will give him some news. John and I are off to Lakefield today (Sun. March 3) to watch Hannah and Noah while Ben and Carolyn go out for a little while. Carolyn has been having some contractions; she is due on March 21, but it could be any day now that she has the baby. Boy or girl??? I'm sure you are having a wonderful time digging ditches and moving wheelbarrows of gravel - memories. I can't wait to hear some news - when you have a break hahaah get working on the team blog. Love you Sweetie. Mama xoxo John sends his love too xo

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  14. Hi Em,
    Is Sunday afternoon here so you will have been on your trek for a week now and if those boots weren't broken in before, they certainly will be by now.Hope all is going well in the rainforest? Our weekend has been marked by Lily's eighteenth although she has spent most of it at school, where Saturday saw the last ever King's match,and in the pit with her post exam friends. You were hugely missed but your card arrived in good time and you were here in spirit.Have rechristened Bunbury. Her 'Maverick' behaviour continues and this week she ate the fairy cakes for Lily's birthday which were theoretically out of her range but which were gone in an instant. More were duly made and have seemingly multiplied as I am now looking at a mountain of cakes, all of varying provenance,wondering whether any at all were consumed and what we are going to do with the rest of them. Maybe Bunbury will have an answer...The days are getting longer here although it's still cold. Think spring must be on it's way. News here dominated by local by-election and lib/dem sexual harassment allegations; the horrific murder of a taxi driver by the South African police, and the Pope's final farewell.Will be so much to catch up on when you get back.Is Chris's fiftieth birthday tomorrow. They are just back from Australia having deposited Freddie in Sydney. Haven't heard how it went but Freddie now in residence 'down under'.
    Will send you an email with all the news but for now I hope your legs are keeping strong and that you are having a good time. Missing you loads and lots of love,xxxx

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  15. An update of the family and sporting events in Scotland + ManU for Marie Duguid, X-Ray 4 in the Carara National Park.
    The family are all fine, in all parts of the world.
    RGU this weekend Scarlets 14 - 13 Edinburgh (Loosing run continues; Glasgow 29 - 13 Cardiff - Glasgow are sitting at the Top.
    Last weekend it was Scotland 12 - 8 Ireland. The press boffins say that Scotland could win the 6-Nations !!!.
    Tuesday night at Pittodrie ended ABZ 0 - 1 R-County.
    Yesterday ManU 4 - Norwich 0; now 15 points clear O' City.
    The teams for the Scottish Cup Semis are Celtic / Falkirk / Dundee-Untd / Hibs.

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  16. For Sarah Tilley Xray3
    Hi Saree,
    How are you doing? I often think of you as I go to bed when you are probably still trekking hard. I hope you have seen some wonderful wildlife and countryside. Even if the blisters are enormous and the route at times seems very long - just think at the end you will be invincible!
    In any case you definitely do not want to be anywhere near home at present. I have oral exam invigilation tomorrow for 2 days (always the most stressful time of the year) and on top of that we are having a full school inspection this week so I shall be on my knees by the end of the week. Dad is trying to stay as sane as possible given he is living with 'a donkey on the edge'...... Roll on the end of the week.
    Rob and Scottie came to stay for one night this weekend and it was nice to catch up with them. They were very interested to hear what you are up to. We also found out a key piece of information concerning Nana's childhood this week which I shall fill you in on by letter.
    It is still cold, grey and miserable here and no sign of spring whereas you are no doubt basking in sunshine....
    Just think when you walk Mickey in future it will be a walk in the park literally and metaphorically!
    Stay cool, have fun.
    Lots of love Mum

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  17. Anna Bakker, X-ray 7
    Dag lieve Anna! Weer een berichtje, het is zondagmiddag en ik zit bij een knapperend haardvuur. Ik ben benieuwd wat jij op de zondag doet!
    J en ik zijn zojuist 3 dagen naar Brussel geweest -ik had deze week vakantie- het was erg gezellig, veel gezien, lekker gegeten, surrealisme op iedere straathoek! We hebben zelfs bij toeval een dank mis voor de ex-paus bijgewoond, de hele Belgische geestelijkheid liep in een stoet door de kathedraal. Als ketter zat ik met open mond te kijken, heb natuurlijk oma uitgebreid verslag gedaan. Volgende week treedt Einaudi op in Brussel, jammer dat jij niet hier bent anders zou ik je uitnodigen! Floor was uit logeren bij een tennismaat van J, ik ben bang dat ze weer erg aan het blaffen was(ik schreef je dat ze ook Stoephout al op z'n kop had gezet) maar ze was wel heel lief geweest. Morgen weer aan de slag, als dit blok voorbij is kom jij weer terug, je bent nu bijna op de helft! Hoe is het in Nicaragua? Ik moet vaak aan je denken en ben benieuwd hoe het is bij het gastgezin en welk projecten jullie allemaal uitvoeren. Heb je ook tijd om te lezen en is het wat, die dwarsliggers? Je zult wel eens verlangen naar de privacy van je eigen kamer, denk ik! Maar dat kan straks allemaal weer, nu doe je geweldig werk en ik ben heel erg trots op je. Iedereen die ik vertel wat je doet is vol bewondering en ontzag. Heel veel lieve groeten van Yvonne, ik heb haar uitgelegd hoe de blog werkt, maar ben bang dat het haar niet lukte je een berichtje te sturen. Ze heeft een paar weken geleden haar pols op 3 plaatsen gebroken en is letterlijk onthand. Wij nemen Basje dus maar eens mee naar het bos, heel gezellig voor Floortje natuurlijk. Geert is vandaag thuis, ik zal er voor zorgen dat hij jou zo ook een berichtje stuurt. Tot de volgende keer, een heel dikke zoen en knuffel! Mam

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  18. Jessica Adsett Alpha 8 now on Trek
    Hello darling, hope all is well. We are thinking of your poor little feet and sending them our best wishes. Hope the miles are being kind to them. Lots of people keep asking after you and we continually fill them in with immense pride. You are doing so well and it is lovely to know that you are happy. Take care princess and know you are loved. Mum x

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  19. Beste Thomas,X-ray 5

    Het ziet er goed uit. Volgen je blogs op de voet. Hier is alles ok. Wij zijn hier ook wel toe aan wat mooier weer.
    heel veel groeten van ons allen,
    Pappa en Mamma
    Ps. Argo heeft oscar voor beste film
    Finale van de mol gaat tussen Kees en paulien

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  20. For Nick V X-Ray1

    Hi Darling,
    Hope all is good and not too many blisters. Or at least that the wonder and beauty of it all far outweights any pain! All good here, but thinking of you lots. Have been planting trees and chopping wood today - fun! And saw Buppa, who is fine. Brief update on results, Ipi won 1-0 vs leicester, now 6 points from drop but a couple of teams with 1 gih. Man Utd beat Norwich 4-0, hat trick for Kagawa and a screamer from Rooney to finish. And today Spurs beat Arsenal 2-1 at WHL to go third - not bad for them... Have fun, sweetheart, we love you and are v proud. M & D xxxxxx and Dots sends hugs and licks

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  21. Emilie Wesseling X-ray 10

    Lieve Emo,ben weer helemaal bij met alle berichten op deze site die ik toch niet echt heel praktisch vindt werken. Wel leuk om al die berichten door elkaar heen te lezen van de thuisblijvers. Hoe is met mijn allerliefste bikkel? zijn jullie goed aangekopmen in Nicaragua? Begrijp ik goed dat jullie iets van huizen moeten bouwen? dat is ook altijd handig voor later, want in nederland ligt de woningmarkt nog steeds op zijn g... Je mag bij ons in de achtertuin altijd een hutje bowuen hoor. Zitten jullie ook nu weer in de middle of nowhere? Hier alles o.k. zijn dit weekend weer lekker sociaal geweest met alle avonden van vrijdag tot en met zondagavond. Dus maak je om je ouders geen zorgen. die komen de tijd heel goed door. Friso schijnt aan het werk te zijn voor tentamens deze week. Bergijp niet waar hij nog de tijd vandaan haalt om te studeren......Heb je net een lange brief geschreven die we morgen op de bus doen; ben benieuwd hoe lang die er over doet om bij je te komen. Maak je overigens een beetje foto's? kan je volgende keer vanaf het basis kamp niet wat foto's sturen. Zou leuk zijn. Begrijp dat je spierballen hebt gekregen. Zet die maar eens op de foto; geloof er namelijk niks van.Lieve schat, heel veel plezier daar. Zorg goed voor je zelf, mama en ik houden heel heel veel van je!!!! Liefs, papa

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  22. Hi Anna Bakker,
    hoe gaat het met je in Nicaraqua? Is het een heel ander land met andere mensen? We zijn heel benieuwd naar je verhalen en foto's. Je bent nu ongeveer op de helft van de reis. Geniet er dus van, en probeer het beste in jezelf te vinden en door te geven aan anderen. Dan gaat alles goed. Geertrui en ik hadden gezellige dagen in Brussel. Morgen geef ik een lezing bij de VM over 'het geloven'. Hoe ontstaat dat, hoe kom je tot geloof in je zelf. Ik weet het antwoord er ook niet echt op, maar heb wel het idee te kunnen zeggen dat we geloof nodig hebben om zelf gelukkig te zijn met ons zelf. Hoop dat je dat ook bent in Nicaraqua. Veel liefs, Jacques Bakker

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  23. Message for Emma holder X-ray 3

    Hi Emmabum! How's it going? Hope you are well and enjoying it! I have dropped your mums card round. I did it on Friday and had a nice little chat and saw betsy. I shall let you know again what the bonus is so you can get excited about having some money to come back to! Still loving all of the CDs, letters and pictures! Simba says hi. And everyone here is missing you lots. Speak soon love you and miss you loads! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx love ash

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  24. For Florentine (Flo) Clause, X-Ray 5

    Hé Floor, Ik kan het echt niet geloven dat ik dit weer helemaal moet herschrijven...haha maar goed! Ik dacht ik zou je even een berichtje sturen, schat! Hoe is het?! Heb je mijn andere berichtje kunnen krijgen? Volgens mij heb ik iets fout's gedaan...alweer. Jeetje, ben ik stom. haha

    Hoe gaat het daar? Bevalt het werk een beetje? het werk dat jullie tot nu hebben gedaan ziet er echt top uit! Het eiland ziet er ook prachtig uit! Het weer daar ziet er heerlijk uit! *zucht* Ik wil ook daar zijn! haha Hebben jullie lekker kunnen slapen onder de sterrenhemel? De tenten zijn echt heel stoer hoor! Mooi is dat te zien!

    Het is super mooi hoe jullie de mensen daar helpen met de recycling enzo...hopelijk kunnen ze een beetje geld aan verdienen. De foto van de apen zijn echt cool! haha Heb je eentje van dichtbij kunnen zien? Volgens wikipedia zijn ze aardig...is het zo? Hoe was je ervaring bij de gevangenis? Ik ben heel benieuwd om te weten wat er allemaal in die boek stond geschreven. Lijkt me interessant om te weten hoe het destijds was. Maar goed.

    als het goed is, gaat de zon hier in Nederland deze week eindelijk schijnen en hopelijk wordt het iets warmer...haha Ik probeer me druk bezig te houden want anders ga ik te veel aan jou denken en dan mis ik je (en jouw berichtjes) heel erg...vervolgens dan doe ik ook niks, maar denk over hoe het daar met je gaat. haha Ik weet dat ik heel veel vragen heb, en dat ik geen directe antwoord kan krijgen, maar geeft niet! Ik wacht maar tot dat we weer contact kunnen hebben met elkaar! haha tot dan, (Je hoort nog van mij wel schat!) Dikke kus, Xx Gerrit.

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  25. For Michelle X-Ray4
    Lieve Sjel, hopelijk heb je het nog steeds naar je zin. Deze week zal ik je aanmelden voor je studie. Hier gaat verder alles zijn gangetje. De dingen die je gevraagd hebt zijn verzonden. We missen je. Geniet er lekker van. Heel veel liefs van ons allemaal xxx

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  26. For Bella Jones in X-ray 5
    What a lovely surprise to read your report about San Lucas! As Mum says, it's hard to believe you're half way through already. I'm posting a letter to you today to make sure this one arrives in time for next changeover. That means there should be 2 waiting for you back at base. Keep up the hard work. I'm very proud of you. Meanwhile I'm slacking in London (it's great how tapping away at a keyboard looks like work!) and shivering in the airconditioning (which is working for once) while it's a nice bright spring day outside at last.
    I saw Mum and Dad down in Kent at the weekend so we were all talking about you. Dad was keeping us all amused as usual. Grandma and Grandpa send their love too.
    Un fuerte abrazo y un beso!
    Sharon
    x

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  27. For Wisha, X-Ray 2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY on 5 March. Hope the trek is going well and that you hit the hot springs on your birthday! No doubt it will be a very memorable day whatever you get up to. Angus has just been home from Uni for the w/e - topping up on food etc. We played a bit of golf - it has been really nice mild weather.........for Scotland! Norman is making steady progress since his op; he, Carol and Richard came round for supper on Saturday and all send their love and birthday wishes. Hope this message reaches you on the day. Lots of love, Mum and Dad

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  28. For Kate Wilson X-ray 3
    Hi darling, hope everything going well and you are trekking happily. Sun has come out here finally so everyone feeling a bit better. Granny and I going to France tomorrow for the art tour, just been to see Charlotte who sends lots of love. JoAnn's birthday today so will be seeing her later too. Had a lovely evening at the Palace last week, good food and company! Interesting do for the TItanic II at the Natural History Museum on Saturday, 12 course tasting menu and lots of renditions of My Heart will Go on!!
    Missing you, hope you're still having fun! Mum xx
    PS Mrs Smiddy now back and teaching Joe after maternity leave, she says hello!

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  29. Dougie Critchley - Xray 7
    Hi Dougal, second time lucky trying to send message! Looks like you're having an amazing time, hope the building's going well! Painting looks awesome - great idea for my children. All good back here, busy busy. Ferg coming down last minute for an interview tomorrow morning. You'll be pleased to know queen out of hospital! love you, big sis xxxx

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  30. To James Taylor X- RAY 2
    Dear James
    Hi hope the trek is going well and that your feet are not too blistered. Reading the blog daily awaiting news of your group. Issy wrote the blog for their group sounds like they are having a good time.
    It is Guy's birthday on Wed so Dad and I are taking him to the Olive Branch with Kit, Seb and Alex. Tess will be 11 on Thursday I had better go and buy her a new soft toy. It has been sunny today so she has been lying in the garden!! Dad and I are going to The Pig on Friday with the Marsh's and the Grants which should be fun and then off to Lisa's 50th on Saturday.
    Jonny is bringing the car back on Saturday so that Guy can start learning to drive. Help!! Going out on Sunday for Jonny's birthday and Mothers Day. Sorry you are missing all the celebrations but I am sure you are having the most amazing experience even if it is hard work you will have such a sense of achievement.
    Sophie Bentley is still enjoying Meribel it has warmed up to 8degrees, hope there is still snow when we go.
    She has decided to go to Oxford Brookes to do Biomedical Sciences.
    No other news at the moment.
    Take care, missing you.
    Lots of love Mum, Dad, Jonny ,Guy and Tess. xxx

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  31. Salaam Rakeem hope you are fine...I hope you have recieved our letters.
    saarah and maryam have gone to masjid. Its freezing here you enjoy that lovely weather while you can.
    I went to my mums house and amma was asking about you she was saying how is Rakeem and is he missing everyone and is he home sick. Saarah told Ms Brown about your expidition and she was so amazed she said that we have to tell her when you get back.
    I feel really sad when I see Arif lot they r just on the same old mode.


    alahamdulillah what kind of food they giving you there I hope its nice. email me when you get a chance maybe when you're on change over.we will write you a letter again very soon inshaAllah
    lots of love Mum.xx

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  32. To Ben Jacobs -X-ray 10
    Arsenal beaten by Spurs. You really chose the right season to miss.
    Hope your mud bricks are beautiful and your family lookingvafter you well.
    Love, love mum xxx

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  33. For Kate Feeney - X Ray 8.

    Happy Birthday Feenster. I hope you are having a lovely time somewhere in Nicaragua eating rice and beans - maybe with a candle in the middle! I'm sure your group will ensure you celebrate in style, and I look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

    I'm going skiing with Jess in Austria this Saturday, and we will raise a glass of schnapps to toast you on the slopes!

    Frankster xxx

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  34. For Dominic Orchard X-Ray 10
    Hi Dom
    Hope you are having a fantastic time in Nicaragua and settling into life with your host families. The highlight of our day here is checking the blog, so we shall hopefully see you again soon before you get back to fieldbase.
    Spring has finally sprung here,the sun is shining and there is a ton of stuff to do in the garden. I am off now to get started after sending this.
    Olly back to school yesterday after being poorly for a few days and he is starting for Surrey on Sunday against Sussex in Brighton. He is very happy !
    Katharine had another audition last week, but no news as yet.....7 more to go !! Her show is at the end of the month so lots of rehearsing at the weekends coming up.
    Dad skiing in Val D'Isere and having a ball - great snow and sunshine too. He promised to send you a postcard so look out for one before you leave Costa Rica - it may take that long to get to you. He is back to work on Thursday, so life will be very quiet at home again.
    I posted a letter to you yesterday (Monday 4th March) and will post Olly's today !!
    Gma and Gpa and Nanny send their love.
    Hope you are having lots of fun, keep smiling....
    Much love from Mum, Dad, Katharine & Olly xxxx

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  35. For Kate Wilson X-Ray 3
    Kate
    Edinburgh came through so you have 5/5
    Joe's parents evening last night - Ottery(?), Tuohey and Gillard (?Latin) all said hi and asked after you.
    Spoke with Ben yesterday - i'm getting his visa's sorted out for him now -its like having a fourth child!
    Walk well.
    dad

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  36. X-ray 2, Adriana.

    bellaaaa te extraño mujer. llevo media hora buscandote en los grupos, viendo fotos y todo lo que han estado haciendo. y te ves feliz. : )

    mucho que contar, mucho que compartir con vos.
    mucho que ver en vos cuando volvas. pero espero que este siendo todo lo que necesitas que sea. y se que estas rodeada de gente bella. absorbelo.


    te amo siempre. cori manda saludos y amor y extrañamiento tambien. : )

    un abrazo de lemur. *

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  37. Dougie Critchley - X Ray 7

    Been waiting for X Ray 7's news on the blog but as it hasn't been posted yet I'm sending you a short message. Hope the pipe work is going well. What a worthwhile project. Great you are in Nicaragua this time and able to experience another country in Central America. Match at Murrayfield this Saturday
    against Wales; an even sterner test this time. Mum cooking something with chorizo tonight! Hope you are enjoying the local food. lots of love, Dad xo

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  38. To Kate Feeney X-ray 8, San Ramon, Nicaragua (for 6th March)

    Happy birthday Katie! Hope your day is fab and that you are enjoying Phase 2, maybe you can treat yourself to a 6am sleep in as a birthday treat ;-)
    Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back, am off to boring work now, just doesn't seem as exciting!
    Sending loads and loads of love,
    Victoria xxxxxx

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  39. to: Willemijn X-ray 2
    Daar zijn we nog een keer. Volgens mij hebben we nu eindelijk ontdekt hoe het werkt, is dus niet zo eenvoudig als het lijkt.
    We zouden dus echt graag even vanuit een heli mee willen kijken hoe het daar allemaal gaat. Zeker bikkelen voor je deze 3 weken.
    Met Leontien en Tjeerd alles goed, al weer in periode 4. wanneer jij thuiskomt hebben zij aal partweek 4! hockey gaat komend weekend weer beginnen.
    Papa gaat eind maart nog lekker skiën met Rob en Erik. Heerlijk…Ze komen terug in paasweekend en we zijn aan het kijken of wie iets met Aukema’s kunnen regelen, ter vervanging van paaseieren zoeken in Oudega.
    Murk heeft 10 dagen in het gevang gezeten toen wij op wintersport waren. Is weer blij thuis te zijn, maar sinds deze logeerpartij voor geen meter meer in auto te krijgen…Hij denkt, ja, ja, dan brengen jullie mij zeker weer weg.
    Ik nog steeds hard aan het werk, gelukkig komt opvolger in zicht. dan ga ik lekker genieten van voorjaar, zon, tuin en etc.
    Afgelopen weekend lunch met Alette en 40 vriendinnen. Erg gelachen. daarna voorstelling Claudia de Breij gezien in A'dam.
    En jij, nog lekker uiteten geweest en naar theater :)?? laat maar snel van je horen wanneer je op fieldbase bent. Zijn er al plannen voor laatste 2 weken? Anders kom ik met veel plezier..
    Xx mama

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  40. Jeannina Barrientos Ching. X-Ray 6

    Hola Bonita! lei el mensaje, me alegro demaciado cada vez que se de vos, es imposible no sentirme feliz.
    No supe nada de la carta, aun así te envie otra y si esta tampoco llega al menos tome fotos de las mismas y junto con otras cosas las he puesto en un lugar que por mensaje del F. podrias ver.
    Como te diste cuenta empecé otro cuadro, no resisto el habito de pintarte y toodo lo que representas para mi.
    Deseo mucho verte, creo que nunca quise tanto que un año que inicia pase rapido. Por ahora estoy bien acompañado con imagenes y pinturas en cada pared de mi cuarto, en mi mente y en cada cosa que me rodea, una taza, cafe, chocolate,un arbol, girasoles, buses de turri, etc...
    Te quiero muchisimo y te envio toda la fuerza, cariño y mas cosas que te tengo preciosa..

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  41. For Tom Warren x ray 7
    Hope the second phase is giving you another great experience. Chelsea now fourth in the Premiership but Arsenal lost to Spurs on Sunday so Dad wasn't very happy. Grandma often asks about how you are doing and I try and say 'see the website' but she is having none of it. Still very proud of you. Wish I could be there too ! It is weird not to be able to speak with you for so long but it is all for a good reason. What are you eating? Ready for a pizza yet? Keep soaking up the experiences you are getting. Be proud of your achievements. Mum xxxxxx

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  42. Another sporting update for Marie Duguid, X-Ray 4 in the Carara National Park. Not so good this time, since when winning by 1-0 tonight, the Turkish Ref. harshly sent-off ManU's Nani for a high foot, with Arbeloa coming from behind him. Thereafter Modrich and Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid for them to win 3-2 overall.
    Ethan and Co are winding-up for Ethan's first birthday in Houston. Yer mum visited Gran today and all as usual. All our love; Dad (Ron D).

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  43. Daniela Carranza X-RAY 5 Isla San Lucas.
    Martes 5 de marzo, 9 pm
    Hola preciosa! ya van pasando los días, ojalá que estés aprovechando al máximo esta linda experiencia y que solo te deje cosas buenas para tu futuro. Por aquí gracias a Dios todo marcha bien y yo contando los días para poderte abrazar, pero sé que estás bien y muy contenta y eso me hace sentirme bien y segura de que las cosas cada día van a ir mejor por tu bien que es lo único que me interesa. Una vez más quiero decirte que te AMO MUCHOOOOO y que te cuides porque te estoy esperando. Que estés pura vida y que Dios de acompañe siempre en todo lugar y en todo momento, Mamita

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  44. Berny X-Ray 5: crayoloo woooww q chiva acaba de leer todo lo q estan haciendo en san lucas!! digamos q q breteadaaaa mas ...... jajaja fijo ya esta toooodo negroooww !! esta gente ya debe d estar harta de leer y aprobar mis mil msjs jaja... No se si lo notoo pero ya paso un mes.. ud fijo debe de estar triste xq se le va el tiempo rapido y tiene q regresar jaja pero vieras la falta q me haceeee se me hace dms aburrido el diaa, bueno las tardes xq en la mañana trabajo :D aunq vieras q aveces viene alfre y ud sabe q ese jode dms tons me hace reir y paso un gran rato con el!! vieras q vas a encontrar varias sorpresas cuando llegue :) uy y vieras pasamos un sustillo intentaron meterse en la madrugada se robaron la bici de papi pero tooodo en orden no paso a mas gracias a Dios!! :) bueno creo q eso es todo x hoy.. cuando tenga mas cosas q contarle le escribo!! espero q al menos se sueñe conmigo de vez en cuando! love u bro!!!
    atte: ro :) miss uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu abrazo de gol!

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  45. Berny X-Ray 5: Que mae todo bien... vamos mejorando poquito a poco! jaja Mae q tuanis en isla San Lucas, disfrute bastante que es un lugar lleno de historias! trabaje duro y aprenda bastante ingles a ver si busca brete vago! jaja Saludos ya espero q vuelva pronto para ir al estadio! no he ido esta temporada!! :s jaja

    Att Ronald

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  46. To Philipp Noodt (x-Ray 4)
    Hallo Philipp
    Ich wünsche dir alles gute zum 19. Geburtstag :) ich hoffe du feierst schön dort am anderem Ende der Welt und hast einen wunderbaren Tag.
    Bei mir gibt es viel zu erzählen, aber dass kann ich hier nicht so offen preisgeben. Irgendwann erzähle ich es dir eventuell :)
    Sonst läuft aber alles bestens :) hab auch keine weiteren Unfälle gebaut. Nächste Woche ist Mottowoche ich freu mich schon ! Und dann fehlt mir auch nur noch eine Klausur...
    Bald bist du ja wieder hier.
    Ich Wünsche dir weiterhin noch ganz viel Spaß
    Liebste Grüße <3
    Lucia

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  47. For Mary McSporran X-ray 2:

    Oi oi McSpozza! Hope you are well! How's the trek going? You look so good in the group pic for X-ray 2, deffo gonna have to step up my visits to sun seekers in the next few weeks!
    Haha omg have you seen any sloths yet!? I am dying for you to get a picture of one, or even better steal one for me?
    The Kendal Calling lineups just been announced... Not so great so far!!! Dont know if I'm just saying that coz we're not going this year though waaaaaah.
    Not a lot is happening at home tbh. Home life is BORING. Although weirdly in my dream last night I was in costa rica with you and you'd turn into some demon explorer who ate bugs and everything and you were living in some crazy community where you worshipped sloths! I have really become obsessed!
    It's a shame you won't be home to watch England sail to victory at the 6 nations (hash tag GRANDSLAM) haha in all fairness though scotland haven't done too bad so far!
    Any ideas what's the plan is for after your trek is yet? I'm sure whatever you do you'll have an amazing time!
    Anyway I've gone on long enough now ha take care of yourself and I will speak to you soon! Lots and lots of love your beautiful best friend, Jo xxxxxxxxx ps birthday in 2 days :) xxxxxxx

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  48. Mary McSporran X-Ray 2
    I've been hoping to to find out more about what you have been up to but we haven't had a new blog for a few days.Hope the feet are surviving and you are seeing some amazing sights,I'm sure you are. Not alot of news here especially as I am home alone at the moment, Dad is back on Sunday, he has been very impressed with Peru and all the hotels the group will be using. Same you won't be there at the same time as him. I doubt you will receive this for your birthday on Friday but in case you do Happy Birthday xxxx Did you manage to squeeze any birthday cards into your rucksack? This will certainally be a birthday to remember and I can't imagine that you have not told everyone it's your birthday knowing how excited you usually get.So to celebrate for you Karen,Lesley & Sarah are coming to dinner on Friday.
    James' arm is improving but he has to wear the splint until after Easter so he won't be able to drive over the holiday or work either so that is a pain.
    Grandma is in Spain but I don't think she is having good weather, she has gone for three weeks so there is time for it to improve.We have had some lovely sunny days here and it really felt like Spring but we are back to winter again today.I'm sur your weather is much much warmer.
    Everyone is back from the New Zealand tour safely so waiting to hear all about it. Spoke to Auntie Chris on Sunday Landry will be having a brother or sister in September!
    Grandma S was not well last week but she is improving now.
    That's all the news at the moment, hope to see some pictures of you soon.HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    Lots of love Mum xxxx

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  49. Sabine und Andreas Noodt6 March 2013 at 04:24

    To Philipp Noodt, X-Ray 4
    Lieber Philipp,
    unsere allerherzlichsten Glückwünsche zu Deinem 19.Geburtstag!!! Geburtstag in Costa Rica ist doch auch nicht schlecht oder? Wir haben Dir Post geschickt in der Hoffnung, dass Du die Karte beim nächsten Stop im Basislager erhältst. Wir feiern Deinen Geburtstag nach, wenn Du wieder da bist! Herzliche Glückwünsche auch von Oma und Robert und Maike Stegemann! Isa Mecke war grad da und hat Dir ein Päckchen vorbeigebracht.
    Hier scheint heute sogar die Sonne, und es wird ein bißchen wärmer. Du bist ja rechtzeitig zur Rasenmähsaison zurück!
    Felix hatte einen Klassenausflug nach HH und wird auf Klassenfahrt in Breisach sein, wenn Du gerade zurück bist. Das ist schade, denn er will auch hören, was du alles erlebt hast. Wir lesen jeden Tag die Beiträge über Eure Gruppen im Raleigh Blog! Das hört sich alles super interessant an.
    Viele liebe Grüße und tausend Küsse, Deine Mami, Papi und Felix

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  50. For Cas McCormick X Ray 5
    Dear Cas
    So enjoying keeping up with all you are doing, the island sounds magical- monkeys, turtles and phosphorescence! Although I'm sure the days spent clearing and digging are exhausting your basher beds are very well placed next to the water (and look almost comfy!)
    We had to remove the dreaded sofas from LB yesterday-this time Greg helped and it took 15 mins, tops. For both. I'm not lying. All down to a strategically placed bin bag- so we are learning new skills too, although maybe not quite so life changing as yours.
    We are all so proud of you Cas and hope that you are still having the most wonderful time. It's so lovely to see the pictures-it helps with imagining you there and really makes us feel closer to you, although the boys seem to think that wearing your clothes and using your stuff works too. Hey, whatever helps, right?
    You are so loved Cas
    Kel xxxxxx

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  51. Para. Esteban Villalta . ALPHA 10.
    que me diceeeeee? aquí todo está tranquilo por Heredia City. Estoy esperando su llamada todavía para que me cuente como están esas situaciones por allá. He visto que la gente ha tenido problemas para escribirle por aquí, pero igual le han escrito en FB, así que tranquilo. Para el cumple de su madre la fuimos a visitar a la oficina y le llevamos una cena de Spoon, hablamos un rato y estuvo bien ameno. No di, pasaba a saludar, y a recordarle que se pegue la llamdadilla por aquí también, se cuida y a la altura como yo le he enseñado jajaj.
    PD. Mañana jugamos contra el GALAXY. Muerdase. Pura vida

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  52. To Matt X Ray 10
    Hi Matt, hope all is well, and the house you are building is reasonably straight and stout! I wanted to let you know that I was offered a job yesterday, so we will not have to move into one of your creations! I am very excited at the news and cannot wait to get started. It looks like you will get back just after I begin at Macquarie!

    Otherwise, all is well here and we are continuing on without much change. Bethy is still not working hard enough, although some signs of panic are, thankfully, beginning to show. Mum is working at the Aviation Medical Centre over at Stansted and I think the pressure of being efficient and organised is quite different from being in the NHS. I am very proud of her!

    I keep on thinking about the letter you sent us and our brief phone call. It is very odd to be out of contact with you for so long, and to not know what you bare doing on a day to day basis. I cannot help but think that it is important for you to be where you are sorting outr your day to day difficulkties, and helping the local people out there.

    Anyway, I will try to blog more often over these last few weeks, and hopefully it will help you keep motivated until we see you again in Early April.

    Love you very much Dad

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  53. For Hebe
    Hi Hebe following blogs with interest..looks pretty hard core!
    I have no doubt that at times you can literally feel your character being built!
    Keep up the good work and have lots of fun. Can't wait to hear all about it from you when you come home.xx love from Millie and the Hillbillies. Xx Hebe Hamilton X-ray 5

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  54. For Katinka X-Ray 6
    Hei kjære deg, håper du har det bra i fase 2 (tenk snart halvveis!)og at føtter og hender er passe herdet så du slipper blemmer og sår:-). Vi tenker på deg og følger med på bloggen. Akk nå venter vi spent på nytt fra din gruppe. Vi har det fint og litt mer vårlig her, men misunner deg varme, sol og strender. Nyt tiden videre. Vi snakkes på tlf ved neste "turnover". Kjempeglad i deg og stolt av deg og din gode innsats i costa rica. Go girl! Klem fra Andrine og mamma

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  55. Hi Matt,
    we so enjoyed reading your letter and have paseed the others on to Bridie and Jocelyn.Sam and Natasha send their love and are both very envious that you working hard in a slightly different setting to them, ie revision!!! Tasha has an offer from Brighton so she is thrilled, have you checked whether you have an offer from Durham????Halfway now, how does that feel?? It must be amazing, hard work im sure but to help a local community to bulid sustainable housing...pretty awesome Matt.
    I saw Alya out driving and she sends her best, looking forward to going out when get back and passing next time.
    I am now doing the travel clinic at work and think of you when I get the 18-24 year olds in getting their vacc schedule, remember your malaria tabs!!!!!!!
    On the last photo on the blog your tops are looking a little worn so spend some of that money you took to get some from raleigh shop, in different colours?
    What about Dad...pretty amazing, almost there and will hopefully start after Easter, so relieved and very happy for him. He is very excited about the Role so fingers crossed.
    Off to meet Bethan from school and go for a Costa!!! only because I will be paying.....Will make the absent coffees up to you when you get back!!!!
    Love and Stuff
    Irene

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  56. "Bella"

    Just to let you know your brother is a bossman and has BUCS swimming trials for freestyle 200m, you can call me Phelps from now on.

    Hope everything is going well and you are enjoying yourself; I will give you some grammar lessons for your blog writing upon your return if you like!

    Stay safe,

    Love

    Gallant, Righteous, Extraordinary, Genius. (Or Greg to you) x

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  57. To Thomas X-ray 5,
    Lieve Thomas,hier gaat alles goed. Na een paar mooie dagen weer natte sneeuw en vorst.Je laatste week op het eiland is al weer begonnen en daarna op expeditie.Gaat opeens best snel.
    Je brief is aangekomen,leuk.
    Michael Bogaart heeft nu ook doping bekend dus er blijft weinig over van het wielrennen.
    En........Kees is de mol.
    Veel liefs van iedereen, spreken elkaar snel,mama

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  59. for Thomas Bots ,X-ray 5

    Lieve Thomas,

    Ik zit hier bij oma achter de computer je blog te bekijken! Wat ziet het er allemaal goed uit! hopelijk heb je het nog steeds naar je zin. We horen graag je verhalen als je weer terug bent.

    Heel veel liefs van Oma Bots en Birgit

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  60. Berny 13A: HOLA! solo le escribo para decirle q no tengo nada q decirle.. solo para que se acuerde de mi :D
    Atte: adivine? :) love u bro!

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  61. Berny BRENES!

    ¡COOOMPAAADREEEEEEEEE! Pues aquí yo escribiéndole, pues porque lo extraño compadre, vengase ya pronto para ir al estadio compadre! pos ya vee que a mi solo me gusta ir al estadio con ustee compadre.. Bueno ya me desahogué, :D ¿Cómo me le anda yendo allá donde el viento se devuelve? Espero que muy bien y que ya les haya hablado a las muchachas de este papucho!! jajaja
    Ganó el SAPRI!! 0-3 contra Belén, el miércoles vamos contra el team, vamos hacelos reventaos isofactamente!!!

    Bueno compadre, aquí lo espero, pa ir al estuche y tomarnos un par de aguilitas!! :D

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