Trip Start Aug 11, 2013
15Trip End Sep 17, 2013
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In a hell hole
I have just returned from the jungle weekend - in the jungle where the film 'Bridge over the river Kwoi' (def spelt wrong) was filmed - in fact we rafted in the river that goes under the bridge yesterday and also walked over it this morning!
The jungle here is beautiful. After a busy morning at projects on Friday we had a very hot an sweaty 4 hour drive to the 'Best Life Base Camp' where we were staying. Lora, Emma, Dafne, Amy, Paula and I were (naturally) assigned the WORST room in the whole place. And I mean it was seriously bad. The outside was gorgeous, bridges over mini rivers, trees and flowers everywhere - but the inside was something else!!
The floor and ceiling were bare concrete with plenty of holes for lizards, cockroaches and spiders the size of your hand to fit through. And the beds were soaking wet due to the humidity, we literally couldn't breathe in there - and if you've ever had the joy of sleeping on a wet bed in 30degree heat - you can imagine how we slept!
But I mustn't complain too much - other than the room we were so lucky to be able to experience such beautiful places. We ate all our meals on a balcony overlooking the river, which runs very quickly and has many rapids. The food was delicious - always the typical rice and dhal (gorgeous but getting a bit tired of it) - alongside gorgeous chicken curries (at least I think it was chicken) and spiced beans and lettuce type thingies! We had watermelon and pineapple for pudding which was nice since its hard to get fresh fruit for some reason. And the veg is normally it bits in the curry or a small portion - so meals are very carb based and I'm missing fruit and veg! Going to start buying some each day from Food City, the supermarket near our house.
So when we arrived Friday night there was a big group of Sri Lankans dancing with an amazing live singer! We all joined in and danced like maaaaad people! It was so much fun but veeeery hot!
The following morning we all did team building activities - such as trust falls and lifts. Then after lunch we went here water rafting. I wasn't going to go initially because my experience in Africa literally scarred me for life - but I decided I'd only regret it if I didn't! It turned out to be great fun although scary in places - the scenery was amazing and we swam in the calm waters which was brilliant.
That night we had a few beers and a BBQ and all it to know each other better which was really nice. I'm surprised that there are so many people here who I genuinely like nd have fun with (god that makes me sound intolerant!)
After another night with little sleep we set off on our jungle trek! In the extreme heat and humidity it was really challenging - but so worth it! What an amazing place to see! At the same time as making you feel so small and insignificant it makes you feel on top of the world and so lucky knowing that very few people will see the sites I saw.. We reached a waterfall area where mini falls lead into pools down and down the mountain (pics will make it clearer). Here we did confidence jumps - which were SO frightening but I did all three :).. And we also did rock sliding which was amazing, lying in the waterfall and sliding on smooth rocks. It was such a funday but so so tiring!
After lunch we set off home and now I'm here!
It's 9:30 and we've had a lovely dinner - dhal, rice, spiced pumpkin.. And I've been watching over the 6 kittens we have here as one (the runt we've named Dot) is really small and sick :(
I won't let it die lol..
We also showed the family pictures from home which they LOVED! They think Naomi meg mum and dad are all 'lasanai' which means beautiful - and that our dogs are amazing and fat with long hair haha .. When I told the dad they're £100 (played it down) he couldn't believe it haha he wants one!
Anyway got to run - so tired after this weekend!
I hope everyone back home is well and not missing me too much! Meg Naomi Rome and Emma I miss you lots and also the girlies from work - mum and dad the most though!
Love you all x