All staff are now in Pekanbaru. On the picture they are from left to right Wishnu, Elma & Febri (from WWF) and Matthias and Anthony (from Biosphere Expeditions). Ronald is not behind the camera, because he’s ill in bed. Something from another expedition seems to have caught up with him, but he is now on the mend, we hope. Get well soon!
With Ronald on rest, rice, potatoes and water, the rest of the team organised the rest of the paperwork and shopping. No matter how early you arrive, there is always more to do, so we will be putting in long hours before the expedition starts on 3 May. Some fruits of our labours of interest to participants (such as the field manual, datasheets, the grid for the GPS units, etc.) are now on https://app.box.com/s/k3o7v6mlvpfeh84mx5gemaj1im0911zq. Have a look and study them now. As always, the more you know and the more you put in, the more you will get out of the expedition.
Some more admin stuff: Rubber boots are available locally only between sizes 42 and 38. If you need bigger or smaller sizes, please bring them with you. Sun cream is also not available locally (this is clearly not a tourist place and in fact we have not seen a foreign face all week).
The weather has been a very constant 32 – 35 deg C all week. It’s humid and there is the odd thunderstorm and rainfall. No need to pack your woolly jumpers ;)