Back in the UK and On the coach home!
Hoping to be back by 7.30 tonight traffic depending! All 37 challengers intact and excited to be on way home !
Travelled to our final destination today. Have enjoyed lovely last evening together. Swimming, eating a delicious meal cooked by† Mahamed, playing cards & nominating belle of the trip ! Early start tomorrow at 4am !
Much Purple love x
Purple team enjoy their last evening together :)
Camel rides all round!
Having a fab time beside the seaside, riding camels and paddling.
Hotel is lovely and we are now blowing the last of our budget in the top restaurant in town.
See you all tomorrow at 8 all being well.
Love the Pinks. Xx
Purple Team arrived in Essaouira yesterday evening.† Was lovely to meet up with the pink team & all appreciating staying in a lovely hotel ! All have enjoyed a relaxing day, camel rides, playing on the beach & lots of bartering in the souks ! Much Purple love x
Pink & purple share meal together during R&R :)
Dinner by candlelight during R&R!
Pink & purple team have dinner together during R&R
Permanent smiles on the Pink Team's faces! Checked in to a hotel that is luxury! 24 very happy people.
I'm so excited! Teeheeee! :D lush hotel, lush room, power shower. This is what r&r is all about! But, the post office says postcards won't get to England until 4 weeks time, so im not going to send them. :/ so, fish and chips when I get back please mum? Pretty please? :P love josshhhh. :) xxx
On route to rest and relaxation!
As you can see pink team excited to be on route! Minibus 1 asleep....
Woke up to cards from home courtesy of em, finished project work then came home to some cute little improvised birthday cupcakes and jam. Meal at the hotel was lovely and I got a huge birthday cake to share with everyone as well as a gorgeous little bracelet :) Thanks to everyone who made today great! Love Charlotte. Xx
Another pink update...
Hi it's Jade here - just sitting by the pool with the sun beaming down and trying to top up my tan! Temperatures have reached above 40 degrees! Today finished the project stage by adding the last touches to the classrooms. Having a great time! Miss you all.....fill you all in when I get back! Love you all loads, Jade xxxx see you soon xxx
Hello...Hannah Lawless here - hope everyone is doing okay and the wedding was lovely...wish I could have been there. All is well here. Have experienced a few things that I will never forget and can't wait to have a good natter over a proper cuppa and a slice of toast! Much love to everyone. Hugs. H xx.
Hope you are well and enjoying your summer. I'm having an amazing time here and have experienced so many fantastic things. I have so much to tell you and cannot wait to fill you in on everything that's happened. We have just finished the project now so we have a lovely weekend of rest and relaxation ahead of us! Im very excited about seeing you and everyone else and I am having a serious craving for some roast potatoes! I am missing you lots and all my family and friends, love you so much, love Laura xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hey mum,dad,Hannah,Ben and all of the family,I'm having an amazing time here. The trek was great,some awesome views and memorable moments. Just finished the project today,been doing lots of painting which was enjoyable (I have loads of photos to show you!) The afternoons here in Quartarze have been perfect - visiting the souks and swimming in a local pool. I have also been trying to learn some Arabic and have even been given a Arabic name by the mule men. Off to Essasouria tomorrow for the beach and R&R (can't wait!) Hope you are all well.I'm really missing you all and am so excited to have lots of hugs on tuesday!love you soooo much (beyond words)!lots of forever from,bexxy xxxxxxxxxxxx (p.s. give little twixxy lots of kisses from me)
and more from the Purple peeps...
Hey mum, having a great time here, can't wait to see you ! Tom X
Anglea same please! Having a great time, see you soon ! Lewis X
hey Mom, slowly being eaten alive by flies in a hostel, so I'm safe. Burger King when we get back ? Colin X
Andy tanked it up the mountain because he is hench.
Julia, sort us out a KFC when I get back please. It's been great but I have injured my knee. Nathan
more Purple Team news...
Message from Steph :
Hi mum, you would be really proud of my non high maintenance !! You were right about Tagine every night & I didn't shower for 6 days but am having a great time & have got over all my fears. Missing you, hope you're well, love steph
4 days trekking completed.
Day 1 - 13 hrs trekking
Day 2 - 12 hrs trekking and we reached the summit :-)
Day 3 - 7 hrs intense trekking. Lots of downhill, but still 2500M up !
Day 4 - 6 hrs trekking through lots of villages. We gave out lots of presents to children who were really pleased, had never seen balloons before!
Purple Team are sore, tired and blistered but very proud to have achieved our goal. Great effort.
Much Purple love x
Purple team reach the top of Mount Goun :)
Pink team have just finished the project .¬† Classroom 19 sanded, filled and painted. Window frames grossed.¬† Floors scraped and cleaned. External walls painted with games. Flag pole sanded and painted and new flag installed. Basketball hoop designed and made. Posters bought and put up for classrooms and lots of dictionaries and grammar books bought as well as a big box of games and accessories from the challengers all the way from home!
Just had a nice ceremony and everyone got a certificate presented from the head teacher and president of the parent association.¬† Flag was raised with the moroccon national anthem sung.¬† Everyone happy and Sheila our host has booked us in to the swimming pool later to chill off a bit!
Thanks to everyone who helped us especially baali and mohamed!
An update from some of the pink challengers
Hey it's Emily¬† aka Jamila now! I got a free camel model because I complimented a moroccon man haaaaa!! The project is really rewarding and we left our mark by painting a Wyvern on the wall. Byeeeeeeeeee!
Hey it's tom now! Really enjoying the project, the whole trip has been a great experience, been missing home a lot, especially my beautiful girlfreind!
Hiya, now its josh or ali. :) Morocco is great, the trek was so tiring! We are all very tired, but still having a good time. The project is good as well, I made a Target for the children to play with! Looking forward to coming home, missing spme of the good old English luxuries! Oh, and hi to meg aswell See ya later everyone! :D xxxx
Wassup its Oscar, or adich as iv been named by our loyal mule men ;). Been having a great time in sunny Morocco walking up mountains and around markets. So far I have two wives and have not sold them for camels....yet. I give good price. Looking forward to coming home and seeing you all :) the banter has been flying between us all and its a great laugh. Much love, ozzy :) xxxxx
Hey tis Scott aka ibrahim which means god to our Arab matey
. I can live with that. Should've brought my sister on this trip as I would have got a load of camels instead, which are far more practical and useful, less moaney too ;) Been great fun and so much to remember and don't want to come home
To be honest, jokes love you all. See you in a few days, Scott /scooter / bacary /¬† ibrahim xxxxx
Hey this is Sam or Mohammsa which means Music in Arabic, the trek has been exhausting but rewarding and we are all glad for the luxury or our new hostel the project phase has been great as well, we have just been bartering for presents in the Souk so you can look forward to wot I have for you. Having a great time here, hope u don't miss me too much lots of love, Sam xxxx
Today project work went well.¬† Classroom painted, goals painted, targets painted... went for a trip round iron works and carpenters to get kit to make a basket ball hoop.
This evening we had pizza out and are just looking around the souks and doing a bit of bartering :)
Work going well - some more pics
After work ...
After a hard day at work we caught the bus to the local swimming pool in ouarzazate.¬† Bit of a splash around and some dinner around the pool.¬† We have supplies now so will start painting the class rooms tomorrow morning, along with the flag pole and maybe some garden work ....
Working hard on renovating the class rooms
Ready to learn?!?!
Not really! Just arrived at the school to work.¬† The challengers had nice air conditioned rooms, adults not!¬† Lovely breakfast. Just seen the rooms the other team painted - looking good!
Yesterday reached 44 degrees !! Sheila, our host, arranged swim and lovely chicken tagine meal. All enjoyed our last sleep in a proper bed ! Took
minibus drive to the start of our trek, 5am start tomorrow morning, challengers have enjoyed three course meal and magic tricks from mulers.
May not be in touch for few days... signal depending, but will try. All in good spirits, the purple team is buzzing ! Much purple love x