“We were going to stay here for three days, that was three months ago.” Not much happened in Malawi. This doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time whilst passing through the country. I did, it felt like I was on holiday, it was simply that nothing exceptional happened. The lake is stunning and the […]Read more "Tom’s Cycling Blog – Malawi to Burundi"
“No matata!” I entered Lesotho to find the main road in the lowlands to be in a perfect condition to ride on. Despite what I was told the rolling hills weren’t any more challenging than the ones I encountered in South Africa. The roads also had a perfect amount of potholes, there were enough to […]Read more "Tom’s Cycling Blog – Lesotho to Tete"
“Why Singapore?” This question has been asked to me many times already. Most people thinking that I’m Singaporean and heading home. I’ve even been considering telling people this as it’s easier than constantly explaining that I can’t afford to cycle around the world, nor can I afford to include Australia in my journey. So […]Read more "Tom’s Cycling Blog – Cape Town to Lesotho"
Welcome to Manchester! Come to our freshers fair this week, where you can learn more about the expedition society. We will also be planning a meet up soon where people can share new ideas and hopefully get involved in expedition plans! Looking forward to meeting you!Read more "Freshers 2015"
Watch the latest expedition to Madagascar here!Read more "Madagascar 2015 Video"
30/6/15 Having sadly waved goodbye to the 9-seater plane carrying Steve back towards Tana (a 39 minute journey compared to the 4 days drive to get here) we now had to pull our reduced team together and make sure we continued the good work. Steve has been absolutely instrumental in this trip, and it’s essential that […]Read more "WE FIND OUR FIRST SCHISTOSOMES, WHAT A FLUKE!"
We left Mahanoro for Marolambo at 10am last Saturday (20th June) in the back of a truck (cameon). We attempted sitting along the sides, gripping on the edges, but we were thrown from side to side due to poor road conditions and after 11 hours we were splayed out across the entire truck. Despite this, […]Read more "AN ARDUOUS ROAD TO MAROLAMBO"
We woke early to pack up our bags in preparation for leaving Mahanoro later today. On our way to the Cyber Cafe, we bumped into Bellarmin (our in-country contact who knows anything and everything about the Marolambo District) and he dropped the news that departure has been pushed back to tomorrow… Of course. The Malagasy […]Read more "M’ORA M’ORA"
Today we awoke bright and early to begin out first day of screening school-aged children for Schistosomiasis. We met the incredible headmistress of the school – Tanambao II in Mahanoro, the previous day to do the traditional malagasy introduction and stamping of documents. CCA tests diagnosing Schistosomiasis infection. Analysis of faecal samples under the microscope. […]Read more "THE HARD WORK STARTS"
We woke early and hopped into a taxi brousse. The driver played a tape with a mix of Malagasy and French songs, before the likes of Whitney Houston and Elton John took over. We stopped overnight in Andasibe and squeezed in a night walk in the rainforest where we saw some amazing lemurs. Eventually, we […]Read more "GETTING THE HELMINTH OUT OF TANA"