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A taxi, two buses, and eight hours later, I’ve made it to the turtle conservation with the six other girls (Molly, Emma, Colleen, Courtney, Olivia, and Kelsey). We spent about four hours on each bus, the second being the most uncomfortable. It was stuffy and dusty and there were so many locals going in and out of the bus, but well worth it. I really wish I brought my laptop so I could upload the sick pictures of the beach I just took not too long ago. It’s so beautiful here and it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve made it.
We had a quick orientation, where one of the guys that work here brought us to the beach and we split into two groups to make a turtle out of the sand so he could show us how to tag and measure the actual turtles. My group’s turtle was basically the size of a premature Leatherback so we used the other group’s instead… Anyways, the guy (I forgot his name) showed us how to measure and tag the turtle, it was very brief, but I figure we’ll learn more as we actually head out there.
Tomorrow night is the first night patrol for the girls I’ve come with. During that time, we’ll be walking along the beach around 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (the time varies based on the tide) and looking out for nesting sea turtles. The other volunteers here have told me that they’ve only spotted about one or two a night, which is pretty lame. However, when they do spot a turtle and see that it’s nesting, they have to count the eggs as it nests. Kinda awkward, but whatever. It takes about an hour and a half and since the turtles are sensitive to light and smell, there are all these precautions to take before.
That’s pretty much it for now, I’m pretty excited for tomorrow night and I’ll definitely be posting about it. And hopefully, I’ll have pictures to post via iPhone.
TWO WOUNDED BIRDS
Last night we met Two Wounded Birds, of Margate, at the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town. The band were in town to promote their double A-Side single All We Wanna Do/Midnight Waves, which is released on the 18th April by Moshi Moshi. Their sound hearkens back to the golden era of rock n roll and pop: think The Tornadoes, Ricky Nelson and The Ronettes. The band played an intense set of two-minute gems, whilst Johnny Danger, the singer, held an anachronistic and sinister presence, which served to personify the bands dark sound.
We spoke with the band before the show:
Night Patrol || Eldric & Eve
The sky was starting to get dark, even though it was still early. Not that Eve really cared. Even in her human form she could see better than the average person in the dark. The only thing that bothered her was that she was once again giving up one of her nights to go about on patrol with Sir Eldric once again. Part of her was a bit irked that she couldn’t go about on these patrols herself, seeing as she would be able to get around a lot quicker, but she dared not argue with the Queen’s orders. The pay was too good for her to even think about complaining about her orders.
As of right now, she was early, and leaning against the wall surrounding the castle, where the knights met to spare and meet. Technically, she wasn’t a knight, but being a Queen’s spy, she was often used for patrols, and was required to practice at least twice a week. That was the tricky part though. It’s only been a year since things have gotten a but more rocky in the kingdom, and she was needed for the patrols. However, the Queen didn’t want one of her best spies to be known by the kingdom, so she was only known by no more than three knights, two of them being from different areas in the kingdom. The one that knew about her here was Sir Eldric. So he was the one she practiced with and patrolled with.
Things were usually very professional between them, and this was one of the first patrols since fall that they’ve had together. Eve was kind of curious to how the knight was doing, but was more interested in getting this patrol over and done with as fast as possible. It was her hope that he wouldn’t slow her down.
In the shadow, she was dressed in black mens trousers, and a black tunic with black riding boots, and her hair in a braid, her usual uniform for spying, patrolling, or even the occasional robbing. Though that was something she liked to keep on the down low. Hopefully the two of them would be on foot tonight, seeing as she hated riding, and when she saw the blonde knight across the courtyard from her, she made her way quietly over to him, seeing as they were alone at the moment.
“Sir Eldric,” she said in way of greeting, her usual half-smile on her face as she nodded slightly. “Good evening. You have our orders for tonight?”
OH I LOVE THIS ONE!!
Title: Night Patrol
Summary: Severus Snape loathes patroling the corridors at night but one particular encounter may just change his opinion on the matter. M/F, PWP, SoloF, SoloM, COMPLETE
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