Shortly after sending through yesterday afternoon’s update from the boat back to Cat Ba harbour some students had the privilege of spotting eight Golden Headed Langurs scampering across a cliff face. The Golden Headed Langur, also known as the Cat Ba Langur as it is found no where else in the world, is Asia’s rarest primate and one of the rarest primates in the world, with only 68 left. Fortune favours the brave is a saying normally used in different contexts, but it seems apt here. Many students have shown great bravery in tackling their fears throughout the trip and though completely unrelated it seems a worthy reward that students were rewarded with the precious sighting of such a magnificent creature yesterday afternoon.
After freshening up at the hotel we headed to the beach for a well earnt feast after which students enjoyed some free time around the campfire. This morning we just had time for a trip to Cat Ba market and we have now started the journey home. We are currently expecting to be back at school at about 2.30 where we hope a group of exhausted students are promptly collected by parents and drivers.
It has been a wonderful trip which I believe will leave a lasting impact on the students both individually and collectively with their shared experience of collaboration and perseverance when confronted with the types of challenge that are so different from their daily routine.