Weeksey here, have managed to get a laptop from a local with internet access at our current homestay so thought that I would try and give a quick update before the power fails. Alice and Jayne have been doing a great job keeping you up to date with the brief contact I have made with them.
We are near the end of our trek, tomorrow we will be getting a van and then completing the final 8kms to our project site, where finally Alice and Biz will meet up with us again. Spirits are high with this on the horizon.
We have seen some amazing things, and all personally achieved much. The walking has been epic, with the blisters and bruises to prove it. Each night Tom Battye has cared for feet, compeed dished out and talc applied.
All are doing well. Harry has a bad blister on his little toe, though is enjoying sitting in the hamock currently with the mountain views and paddy fields behind him. Leah and her knee are fine, Ben has blisters but the tape is good and none of us have had any dodgy tummies. I took another fall the other day and now have a matching bruise on the other thigh - photos will eventually be posted (I am fine Mum and Dad - I have discovered I bounce off concrete and mountain cliff faces quite well - the crutchless shorts sadly have died - after several gaffer taping events they got to a stage where they could not be saved)
All the students have been great, are experts at puryifying water, washing thier clothes, cleaning dishes,keeping thier part of the room tidy so there should be no excuses when they return to home.
The food - the food here has been really good, and all of us have tried things we would never have expected to. Rice is with every meal (lunch and dinner) and finished with fruit. Breakfast has either been banana pancake or bread and laughing cow cheese wedges. However, each of us has ended up talking about what food we want when we have our first meal at home - mine is Spag Bol please (hint hint Mum and Dad)
The dreams - the dreams we are all having are pretty vivid - those of us on the malaria tablets maladrone are having quite surreal dreams (a side effect of taking them) which has caused great amusement over breakfast when discussing if the things we thought happened really did. For example, according to Ben, Lauren got up in the middle of the night, sprayed herself with Repel 100, announced this to the group, and fell back to sleep. Lauren and the rest of us are still unsure if Ben dreamt this or if we all slept through it.
The messages from home really do help us out here. THANK YOU!!!
We send our love to you all and miss home, though Nam is pretty cool!!! After Death Mountain, there is a sense that nothing can not be achieved.
Love Weeksey xx