“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

in the air again...

Only a week to go now and whilst I have just about gotten over the Shingles, I have now gone down with a stinking cold – not happy. The to-do list at work doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter and to be honest I am a little stressed. 
Had a go at calibrating the lenses last weekend and I need to start over again as I couldn’t make much sense of the results with the new lens, so I have downloaded a new chart from the internet and will try again with that this weekend. Seriously running out of time to get everything done, but thankfully the movie from 2007 is almost there - just need to burn it onto a DVD and check it works ok and we are good to go. Not sure everything will fit in my rucksack mind, but I have ordered two more 32Gb SD cards and another two base plates for the tripod and new lens, (I can’t be doing with screwing and unscrewing them every time I need to swap lenses) with any luck they will be waiting for me when I get to the office tomorrow.

I have “connected” with one of the other students on LinkedIn this week, an African lady called Leanne. We’ve been messaging each other after I had a nose at her wildlife photos – she’s amazing – she recently went on David’s tour of Skomer Island and has spent time shooting badgers in his wood too. Sounds like we might have a fair bit in common as she also works in IT, so I am looking forward to meeting her. She is heading out on the TAM flight on the 1st and then on to Cuiaba on the 2nd with a 6 hour stopover in Sao Paulo (the same option I took last time) so I won’t actually meet her until we start the course, but she sounds as excited as I am and she too is not taking anti-malarials as they make her ill.
As I type I am flying over Norway on my way home from a few days working in Sweden, but at this same time next week, if all goes well, I will be flying over Brazil getting prepared to land!!!

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