Ayubowan family and friends!
My second week was special as on Tuesday we got up extra early and drove to the Knuckles Mountain Range, which we were all looking forward to. On the way up we stopped to take some photos and have a sneaky toilet break. When we were getting back into the car we noticed we had leeches on our shoes, which made Cheng absolutely freak out. She took off her shoes and started crying and yelling in Chinese that she wanted to go home. Yufei had to pick her up and throw her in the car, and then we found a leech on her leg which we pulled off. Apparently where she comes from they are told that leeches suck your blood and then bury into your body…not sure if that is fact or not but I can understand why she was so afraid. So I checked all over and found nothing on me. About ten minutes later I felt something sting my bum, and to my displeasure when I slipped my hand down I found a leech. I pulled my pants down and made Yufei pull it off while the others awkwardly looked away. At that point I didn’t care about people seeing my bum, I just didn’t want any leeches in my downtown. Yufei found the whole affair quite hilarious, especially the fact she had seen my bottom! Haha.
The rest of the week went along like most other days in the fieldhouse. On the Friday I was super happy to go to the national park again where we saw over 60 elephants – majority of them from a distance. Still, it was really nice to see the huge herds.
That night all the volunteers and staff had some cheeky beers and arrack which turned into a really fun night of singing, dancing, poi and playing the bongo drum. It’s safe to say a couple of the volunteers, and Supun and Sarat wouldn’t have been feeling so sharp on Saturday morning. The weekend was pretty relaxed, and I was happy to spend it at the fieldhouse as it was my last weekend there.
On the Saturday night Gilda, one of the sponsors of the beehive project, and Randy her photographer friend arrived at the fieldhouse. They were there to do a short documentary on Kylie’s project, and they spoilt us with wonderful photos and videos from their travels around the world. This is the link to the amazing video Randy showed us, and he told me I could share it around – it’s definitely worth a watch, so sit back, grab a cup of tea and enjoy my friends. https://vimeo.com/120023755