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I’ m Eleri.
I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks. Lot’s of homework and meetings, as well as important preparations for our trip.
It’s 92 hours until we set off for Heathrow now! Not that I’m counting down or anything!
Things are starting to take shape on the packing front now. 11.5 kg and counting! My toiletry bag alone is 1.5 kg! (Our limit is 20 kg). As I put each item in my bag I think about what I’m going to be doing whilst wearing it. From my wetsuit to my hiking boots.
I bought a really cool hoody on the weekend that I can snuggle up in on the plane. The flights will be quite long (one is 10 hours!) I’ve packed two books, but I don’t think I’ll have time to read them other than on the plane.
Our itinerary changed today, which means we get to have a photo workshop with Jonathan Green in Quito and we might get to see Galapagos Penguins at the ‘shark canal’. The unique wildlife is what I’m looking forward to the most!
In future posts I hope to post lots of photos on our trip so you can all see what we’re experiencing.
Will post soon
As Nick Alford has already mentioned, our soon-to-be travellers visited the Natural History Museum in London a few weeks ago. The main purpose was a series of meetings to prepare them for the trip, but they got a special treat of a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s laboratories and collection.
The tour was organised by Karen James, the scientist who will accompany the girls on their trip and Karen has uploaded a set of pictures from the day on our Flickr page.
I also recorded a quick interview with the girls, asking them what they were looking forward to most about the trip.
I’m Becky and I’m one of the girls who won the Survival Rivals competition where first prize was a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
6 days to go!
I’m currently bracing myself for the final shopping trip I will make on Saturday before having to pack. I’m not a practical dresser (I don’t even own a proper pair of trainers) and flowery pumps or purple suede boots won’t cut it on volcanic ash paths so shopping/packing is going to be tricky…
Monday was the final meeting with all the organisers before we leave. This meant travelling to London for the day (I live near Cardiff) because the meeting was held in the Natural History Museum. Highlights of the day were, strangely, seeing the specimens of all sorts of species curled up in jars of alcohol and the train journey back. Both highlights but for completely different reasons.
I am on Twitter as well , the only time in life I don’t mind being followed.
Anyway, this was just a starter blog. More will follow in the run up to the trip.
Charlotte Woodfield here. I’m so excited about jetting of to the Galapagos on Friday!
Having a hard time packing, want to take more than the 20 kg allowance. Just got back from the doctors, got a viral throat infection fingers crossed it’s better by Friday.
I was ill for my 18th birthday party on Saturday but I partied through it and felt even worse the morning after. Our party was tropical themed, since we are off to the galapagos
Off to do more packing now and to blow my nose bye!!