My next challenge, in May, is to finally get to the top of Scafel Pike. Hopefully various people from work will be joining me for this challenge provided that I arrange it a) during the day and b) on a nice sunny day. They will be lucky.
Despite the hideous disco that did its best to keep me awake I slept reasonably well and woke up with a good 15 minutes to spare before we had to leave for the airport. I quickly ate a boiled egg for breakfast and quickly dashed outside with my bag to ensure there was time for a cigarette before the mini bus left for the airport.
Amazingly I woke up, just, before we actually had to leave. Even more amazingly all the things I had washed were actually dry.
I threw most things in the bag and then ran/walked down to breakfast. Their was quite a nice choice of breakfast food, I had scrambled eggs. Lucy and April realised it would be possible to use more of the breakfast food to make us some sandwiches for lunch as well so we could avoid buying any.
The noise of Lucy and Aprils organising woke me up. Today was apparently an especially big organisation in order to cope with the logistical challenges of being both in the desert and in Petra, where would be in the afternoon.
This simplyfied my own organistation, I put some clothes on shoved everything else into the bag. Took down the tent and had some breakfast.
Sometime later my dozing was interrupted by the sounds of Lucy & April organising their bags and their tent. This went on for some time during which I packed my bag, took down my tent, had breakfast, smoked my 3rd last cigarette and had a cup of tea.
Whilst spectating at all the organising going on in their tent I stepped backwards and accidentally crushed a small blue cactus plant, I thought nothing of it.
After another great nights sleep I woke up more or less at dawn and lazed in my tent waiting for an appropriate moment to arise properly.
My peace and quiet was soon broken by the loud noise of Lucy & April waking up and beginning the morning organisation of things in their tent. It appeared, from what I could overhear, that sleeping in hats, gloves and all of ones clothes can make it a bit too hot in the morning in a small tent with the sun beating down on it.
Having had an excellent nights sleep I awoke refreshed and energised. I think it must have been really early because I lazed in bed for hours before getting up but still managed to get up at least 25 minutes before we were due to start our walking.
Amazingly I was up before Lucy & April even.
Ali was cooking omlettes for breakfast which, washed down with what I presume is non traditional Bedouin Nescafe coffee, were very nice.
Everyone apart from Lucy and April had clearly been up for hours, already had breakfast and were all packed up and ready for the off.
So I have been here for two weeks now, the first week was having follow up language training, I've got lots of words in my head at the moment but conjugating the verbs when I speak hasn't quite clicked yet. There are six of us from Birmingham living in different parts of the city with different people from all over the place.
A landslide has destroyed the railway line our cheap Chiltern Lines train ticket was valid for so instead we got to travel on the much quicker Virgin Train to Euston.
Lucy and I were very excited on the train and spent a long time discussing the various things we had brought with us in an attempt to catch one another out with some vital item the other had forgotten. Lucy won this as I realised I forgotten both my sunhat and sunglasses. I resolved to buy these things during the large amounts, doubtless, of free time we would have in Jordan inbetween the trekking.