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YEP 7 Exp Kamchatka Day 13

Today we set off on a 4 hour bus trip to North-West of Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka, to arrive at the thermal hot springs. Along the way we stopped on the side of the road to eat a traditional Russian snack called Piroshky which was basically a bread roll filled with meat, eggs and onions, potatoes or berries.

Mike begins to tell a story that has all of the young explorers captivated. The realism and the importance of our future and the survival of the planet was now present, the great discussions continued into the night in the hot pool, these topics include what our ideas are for a more sustainable future and how we as individuals can make this happen. We have begun to explore this as we have a new project lined up for early next year which focuses on three main aims, sustainable tourism, bringing back old traditions of the local community and working against alcoholism in the native tribes of the north of Kamchatka who have throughout the years lost their focus and hope. I have really enjoyed the education side of this expedition-there`s always an opportunity to learn something new from the amazing team surrounding us.

As the expedition is drawing to an end our reflection process is increasing and we have had lots of time to talk and bond as a group. Spending time with this incredible group of people I believe we have grown stronger as a team and became such good friends-friendships that will last forever.

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