I hope that you are thoroughly enjoying reading about my adventures in strange foreign lands. I am enjoying having them so everyone is happy.
This week the lodge has been packed full with the Americans and another couple of English volunteers - both Biology graduates from Guildford. Eugh, southerners!
As usual, here is a quick run down of the events of the past week:
- Spent last Saturday evening watching the first Harry Potter film on some American cable channel whilst eating a large bar of Hershey´s Cookies n Cream chocolate - very authentic cultural experience
- Found a supermarket so could actually eat this weekend!
- Met a Lancastrian woman called Trudi who was going through a mid-life crisis and so had taken 3 months out to travel Ecuador. Had breakfast with her at the hostel.
- Experienced the delights of Quito smog
- Got ill which made the 2 hour hike back to the lodge very miserable!
- Started the reforestation project which from what I can gather involves digging 400 holes then filling them all back in again! Seemed slightly counter productive.
- Did a bit more on the reforestation project which involved putting your hands in a large sack of what turned out to be rice husks and chicken poo and adding this delightful mix to the holes we dug earlier
- Planted some Cedar trees which are apparently very valuable here
- FOUND THE SWING!!! This is very cool. There is a swing tied to a branch which is 50feet off the forest floor (we debated for several minutes how on earth they managed to tie it up there, then gave up and enjoyed the swing). Those of you good at maths can probably suss out that this makes for a very impressive swing through the jungle canopy. I was slightly disturbed by the cross shaped palm trees at the far end of the ride though!
- Played ´soccer´in the rain on the ´soccer pitch´. The pitch is actually a large muddy wasteland outside the employees´ house with a couple of bits of wood nailed together to form goals at each end.
- We discovered very quickly the downside of having a mud pitch as soon as the daily torrential downpour started. Pitiful result: Sta Lucia 5, Gringos 1 (and we had 3 extra players! Oops, sorry guys, we let the side down!
Well, that´s about it for this week. Hopefully, if all has gone well, the first of my photos should be up now. You can look at them at laurabamforth.fotopic.net (please excuse the entertaining photo of my mother displayed on the front page from my Venice excursion!).
Hope all´s well. Have to log off now as using the lodge computer as I haven´t gone to Quito this weekend and the internet here is expensive.