I've taken to after lunch blogging, a bit like after dinner speaking with the obvious differences!!!
We were up far too early in morning in preperation for the trek we had booked the day before. 7.30 am I believe was the hour of our rising, our packing and our rushed breakfasting. We were picked up by covered pick up truck bang on 9 (we were told between 9 and half past, I think the driver was just a bang on it keano!!!) After dropping all the stuff we weren't taking trekking at the agency that we had booked with, and the lovely lady working there, the pick up, drove around picking up the other trekkers. It turned out there was 10 of us in all. An Irish couple Ailish and Ray, Dave, the well spoken lonesome traveller, three girls 2 of which were English, Emma and Hannah, and the third was Welsh, Sophie, with the least amount of a welsh accent I've ever heard from someone whose lived there their whole life!!! Then a dutch coupl Tessa and Bjorn. Ages varying from 18, ie moi to 33 I believe!!! All the Brits and Irish seemed happy to chat, unsurprising I was fairly quiet, as anyone who knows me will recognise I am when I meet new people, but this isn't all about me. As the journey went on Jade starting chatting more and more with them, and when we stopped half way everyone seemed to have a good old chat. The dutch couple however seemed to take every opportunity to distance themselves from the group, that was to continue for 3 days. After all in all about a 2 hour journey we got to our drop off. We had lunch there and the chatting continued, already it was clear that the group could have a good dynamic. After lunch we headed off on our trek. The first day we had been told was the hardest of the lot, and it defenatly turned out to be. There was alot of up hill, and although it wasn't in trekkers' terms a tough trek, the inexperienced, and novices struggled. I love the fact that bI haven't included myself in either of those groups and yet, I haven't trekked for 2 years, and didn't exactly have a back catalogue of treks before that, but it seemed the best way to explain those walking in trainers and the like. Me and Jade both had to push hard sometime to keep it up, but some of the chats with new people were such a sper on. Having just chatted consitently to the same person for 2 weeks I think we both really needed a change.
Jade got a fan made for her by the guide out of bamboo and a teak wood leaf, which was pretty awesome!!! By the time our destination, a small tribe village at the top of a hill/mountain had come in to view muost oif the group were nearly dead on there legs, I have to conseed I wasn't exactly raring to go!! But when we set off for the last 20 minutes I decided to help out one of the girls who had really struggled and carried her bag for her. I'd already gained the nickname bag boy for the shear fact that I had the biggest bag of anyone, so I thought I should live up to my name!!!
When we got to the village there was huge relief, along with surprise, in my books that the village had got their hands on a selection of solar ppower panels!!!! desolute village my..... Our 'hotel' was a bamboo house on stilts, very similar to those in Vietnam, as I've mentioned. We chilled out for a whiole, and got our showers in the out houses!! As the evening progressed discussions continued, Thai whiskey was bought out along with the coke and dinner was served. We were both really enjoying ourselves, with the new people and the experience and the lot. After dinner we moved to the bonfire, that was on the 'veranda' of the house, still under bamboo cover, both safe enough not to burn us down. One of the guides moved the entertainment into the campsite realm, with match stick 'riddles' or games, ie make a 2 boxs and 4 triangles out of 10 match sticks!! Then the string was bought out and 'magic' tricks were shown and taught. Then two people were tied together,which they obviously had to get out of. That took a good twenty minutes, and in the end the guide had to be asked!! Meanwhile Jade and Sophie had started up the make a stick go the whole way round your body with outletting either hand go. Whilst showing someone else how to do this, I fell in to the bamboo wall cutting my knee....who freaking typical of me!!! Lots of blood, but only due to the sweat!!!! The most memrably thig to come out of the night though was nthe constant advice given by on lookers of the 'people tied together game'. 'You've got to step through it', 'You've got to stand next to each other', in the end it was a case of looping one under the other!!!!!!!
That was a rushed explaination because a Frenchman is attempting to get me to help him confirm his flights online.
Id say bi in French but I can't even spell English never mind foreign lingo!!!