Wow, already into the second week here in Venezuela. Can't believe the time has gone by so quickly!
This week we have been focusing on our main project of clearing up the Playa Melissa on Arapo Island. This turned out to be not only quite hard work, but produced rubbish ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous; beer bottles, dead birds, electrical equipment, nappies, needles and iguana skins, were just some of the things we came across. Still, being on an absolutely gorgeous island and seeing dolphins on the kayak out, more than made up for it, as did the sight of the nice clean beach and the 15 or more bags of rubbish we produced.
We also started to put together the presentation that we will be giving to children in various schools in the area, to promote the need to keep the beach clean. Our daily Spanish classes with Isias, our legend of a Spanish teacher, have proved useful.This 5 minute extravaganza, will also be testing our acting skills, with appearances by Joe (as the fish), Emma (as the injured iguana) and Roberta (as the small child with the hurt foot). Should be good!
This week has also seen me learn how to actually play a few card games, including poker, which I was very excited about, and 'Spoons', which may possibly be the best game in existance. The boys (Jesse and Joe), made some absolutely stellar ginger and cinammon biscuits the other evening, which cheered us all up no end, as we'd been craving sweet food all week. Nice one guys! On the downside (and in no way related to the biscuits!), I was struck down with food poisoning last night, and so missed a Spoons tournament, which was very disappointing!
This weekend, we're all off to abseil down a waterfall, before starting our presentations next week. Week three, here we come!