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A first stab at poetry

So when I finally emerged from the grim shadow of writers block I was advised, quite correctly, that the best prevention is to write... incessantly. On any and all topics. If in doubt, write it down. So the evening approaches. I'm sat on…

Writers block

"It has to start someplace, it has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?" The block has lifted. I'm sat at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, watching yet another apocalyptic storm, but this one…

Ups and downs… Costa Rica style!

So the first week at the Butterfly Conservatory went really well. Brilliant staff, a great project and stunning scenery. There'll be more about the project and the staff involved soon (after I consolidate my ever increasing knowledge).…

Just a short one

I'd love to write a Homeric, epic piece about my journey from Palmares to Bocas del Toro, and then back before venturing on to Fortuna, and my home for the next two and half months... Volcán Arenal... I'd love to... but after pushing a…

Sweet, sweet sleep!

Being desperately tired seems to be a theme for this trip. I don't recall it being an issue during previous adventures, but then this one is on an epic scale like no other - 37hrs to travel 1000 miles, from Barquisimeto, Vnz to Palmares,…

Upsetting the natural order

"the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated: and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health" Charles Darwin Animals are born, animals die. Some eat others, some just chew the legs off smaller animals and slap…

I’m losing my mind…. or am I?

To say I knew what I was letting myself in for when taking on this gig in Costa Rica would hold some truth, but only because I'm a stubborn pig... a stubborn pig who likes to follow through his actions, regardless of how ridiculous they may…

TOAD WARS!!!

So things move at a different pace here in the Costa Rican jungle.  After the relentless onslaught of Venezuela my body was in need of a change... and what a change it got! Being completely alone in the jungle has some real benefits.  Being…

Run Forrest, run!

hu·bris /ˈ(h)yo obris/ Noun . Excessive pride or self-confidence. For a few days now I've been toying with the idea of going for a big run. The route from Quepos to our cosy little jungle shack is approximately 10 miles... a tad too far for…

New friends

So as my first week in the Costa Rican rainforest draws to a close I sit back and reflect on the hectic week that was. It's amazing how quickly we humans can adapt (some of us at least) to new and challenging situations. 6 days in and I've…