Hello from Venezuela!
We are still having a lovely time and enjoying the tropical weather! On Monday we moved to the inland town of Caripe. The mountainous region is famed for it´s Guccucaro Cave (no idea how it´s spelt!), and it´s coffee. It´s rained hard here today but it has given us all the opportunity to make the trip into town to use the internet and to do a little shopping.
Highlights from last week include the sports day that we put on to signify the end of our involvement with Jakera club on Friday. We had at least 30-40 children, of all ages turn up and it was an incredibly fun and competitive day! Amongst us we had four team captains, Green – Kati, Red – Patrick, Blue – Kat and Yellow was me. We also had to take part it the races and things started to get very heated! I took a tumble in the three legged race and took some poor local teenage boy down with me! Ultimaty Kati´s team won although, I think the invigilators job was very hard because with our relativley limited Spanish vocab we wern´t very successful at stoppng the cheating that was rife!
On Saturday Sally, Patrick and I went on a lovely boat trip out into the Puerto La Cruz bay to do some skuba diving. We had two dives, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and had some delicious baguettes on board, in the sunshine, inbetween. On our secnod dive we saw a wreck and between the two saw some gorgeous colourful fish as well as Lion fish and multi couloured eels which were to be seen in multitude. The water was fantasticly warm, at least for the first dive and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the day. When we finally made it back in the evening the girls were getting ready for a night out which we very happily joined. We all went off to a very smart night club with glamorous cocktails and lots of dancing! Subsequently it was a very quiet and relaxing day on Sunday of packing before the big move to Caripe!
On Tuesday morning at 5am, Kati, Misha, Patrick and I made our way to a local waterfall for an early morning dip! It was about a twenty minuite hike to get there but the 20m drop and lush pool at the bottom were totally worth it. Since we´ve been here, project work on Tuesday and Wednesday included clearing overgrown paths within the National Park that lead to a view point at the top of a mountain next to Mont Negro. On our way back down the mountain on Wedenesday some torrential rain hit us within minuites of seeing it from a distance. Unfortunatly the shortcut we´d taken turned into a near vertical slip and slide with the rain and mud. When we eventually made it to the bottom of the mountain (relativley unscathed) everyone was sopping and drenched in mud! After a thoroughly exhausting two days of path clearing we then proceeded on Thursday, to plant trees and look after the younger ones on the very top of the mountain. The idea is that the more trees that grow, the less likely landslides are to happen lower down the mountain and therefore prevent destruction before it happens.
Today we have started our new project in a local indigionous school. Our aim is to build a playground with swings, a slide and a see-saw. Because of their lack of funding even a play area had not been errected and the children in the past have just played on the road. Our green fingers have been in hot demand this week and today we took it in turns clearing the over grown area which we intend to turn into our play ground, as well as preparing the wood and the metal for the construction.
Can´t wait to let you know how we get on and also to tell you all about the trip to Angel Falls that we have planned next week!!