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4th September 2012

Wow! That was a long ass blog entry, I had to split it across two morning to read it all! It sounds like hard work doing what you're doing but you seem to be loving it! It's like some crazy Bear Grylls adventure. Loving all of the pics, some of them are are insane - like that meter long earth worm and the fruit bat lol. By the way... I have porridge everyday for breakfast, it's a great breakfast :P I look forward to reading about the next installment of your adventure, stay safe and watch out for those wandering spiders! :)
From Blog: The Amazon.....
3rd September 2012
Graffiti in Banos

My Wildlife Survey - Cats spotted 3, Penis Spiders 0, Bullet Ants 0, Frogs 0
Hey Smithy! Great to be able to read another blog from you and know that you're ok and hear about what you've been up to. Took me a good 20 mins to read it all, if I was to write a blog of my last two months it would be more like a sentance. Went to work and played BF3. I'm now a Colonel 10 which should show how much I've played! I've come off all my medication now though which is awesome, still not completely better but they think my body can do the rest but should be cured by November! We have also been doing some night time wild life spotting, Oakley escaped one evening while we were relaxing outside. Luckily with my keen eyes I managed to spot him, he was at the end of the drive way meowing like a police siren. Think he scared himself, lucking Char was round, she grabbed him by the scruff and brought him back in. Speaking of Oakley he misses you very much and has been nuzzling the I Pad as I read your blog. Sounds like a very hardcore regime where you are, I can't imagine you will ever want another bowl of porridge again! The pics of the wildlife are awesome, especially being so close to birds! Obviously when you left you were not aware that you can buy a spray from Westend DIY called 'No More Spiders.' I imagine this would be most helpful :) Nothing more to report from the UK, everyone is safe and well. I'll remind you once again to take care of yourself (do not get too close to any lava you see, even if it does look really cool!!!!) Lots of hugs and purrs.. Natasha, Lewis, Oakley, Squirley and Missy! xxx
From Blog: The Amazon.....
9th September 2012
Graffiti in Banos

The Amazon
Heeeey, It's really good to hear from you. Sounds like your both doing well, glad the medication is all done with now, would have been crap to be feeling tired for Christmas and not be able to drink or anything. I know, it was a fairly lengthy one wasn't it, so much more has happened that I didn't put in but I thought I should just get something written up as it's already taken me over a month to write it and upload photos etc due to being either too busy, too tired or the internet being down. Other than friends and family, I've also missed the cats and Battlefield! Natasha, I think you've probably put in more time on battlefield than I have now. In a way it kind of is a little like Bear Grylls. We have to make fires sometimes when we're netting for bats at night and getting a good fire going is more difficult than you think, even with a lighter! Most of the time everything is slightly damp so it takes ages to catch alight, so I turn to the knowledge that Bear instilled in me and I search out special trees and plants that are either semi flamable or keep dry. A little while ago an Ecuadorian guy pointed out a water vine for us to drink from, I felt like Billy from the film Predator as I slashed through it with a machete and rehydrated myself! I have an amusing picture that'll interest you Lewis, I'll post it on facebook in a few days. I love porridge back home, especially with maple syrup in it but the stuff here is made with powdered milk and just tastes of nothingness. It was you who got me into porridge actually Lewis, I had it almost every single morning before I came here...and still do but it's far from the same. It's a good job Oakley didn't get as far as the main road, silly cat eh. Are they all getting along a bit better now? Your right, it is pretty hardcore to be honest but you soon adapt to it. Thats the one thing I said to myself before coming here actually, just be adaptable. I'm not sure if that helped or whether I've just had no choice but to adapt, but it's surprising what you can put yourself through when your thrown into a strange environment. Are you working longer hours now that your feeling a bit more like yourself Natasha? You still working long hours Lewisham? Any news games out/coming out between now and Christmas? There's a spray for spiders??? Damn it, that would have helped loads, although there's so many spiders here it'd cost me a fortune on spray each one. I asked if I could lead a survey a while back and got the chance to do it the other night. I lead one of those night surveys walking through the jungle, we spotted a lot of frogs and an armadillo but not much one died while I was in charge though which is the key point here! I only have a few weeks left here before I'm finished with the volunteering, then it's 2 weeks of intense Spanish lessons up in the Andes Mountains and then 10 weeks of busing it round the country to whatever place takes my fancy. We've been doing a 24hr traffic survey today and my shift is 3am to 6am, so I better get a bit of sleep for it. It's basically sitting at the edge of the forest and marking down how much traffic we get on the road, a tad boring compared to any other survey but at least it's not strenuous work or anything. Anyway, take care you two and speak soon Smithy
From Blog: The Amazon.....
2nd July 2012

Well done Sven, sounds like it's all going roughly to plan (in a chaotic and unpredictable way). So glad you got your visa just before you went. One big thing less to think about. You'll already be at the camp now, getting used to everything. I hope you do have some down time to chillax and stroke some scorpions. Can't wait to hear what the camp is like and what creatures are lurking about. Exciting times dudey... . . good to hear that their seems to be a good mix of other volunteers, always a good thing. Take care of yourself, wash behind your ears, etc. and don't cuddle the Fer-de-lance (bothrops asper). X
From Blog: Quito, Ecuador
30th June 2012

Hola Smithy! Que tal? That's the extent of my 3 years Spanish at school! Really lovely to have an update of how you are and know you're ok apart from major queuing. Glad you've met people and have done some fun things. Look after yourself, love from Natasha, Lewis, Oakley, squirley and Missy! Xxx
From Blog: Quito, Ecuador
17th July 2012

Hello there! Thanks for messaging, how are you both? It's been a long day walking up hill in the rain and I'm so glad to be relaxing in a hammock now. It's all going pretty well, missing the basic necessities back home though! The food here is really basic - beans, rice & vegetables mainly, I really miss chocolate, cookies, cereal, cheese, bacon....hell...I even miss something as basic as buttered toast! I get a weekend off at the end of the month so I'll be going to the nearest large town to see if I can get any of the above! Good to hear from you both, Speak soon
From Blog: Quito, Ecuador
6th August 2010

No motorbike, so how about a scooter?
GHello Steve, thanks for the update. It sounds as though your holiday has started off with a bang. A pity that your friend has had to come back to UK, do you know how he is? It sounds quite serious. I am sure you will be fine. You have your Ethipian adventures to stand you in good sted and a level head on your shoulders. Not making any comments about the showers, I think that was toooooooo much detail! Thinking of you. Take care. Isabel
From Blog: Jakarta
3rd August 2010

You need the ants Stephen, good source of protein.
From Blog: Probalingo

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