PLAYVILION CIPANAS UPDATE 3 | A WELL DESERVED BREAK
After a long week of building, we decided that a trip to the spa would be a well deserved break (and a nice trip for Dave Wyles' 20th Birthday). We set off at 10am with the hope of arriving at the spa for check in at 2pm, however, we underestimated how bad Indonesian traffic can be. The 4 hour journey became a long and winding 7 hour road trip, with some very steep hill climbs up into the clouds and the thick jungle. At one point, the van that Josh was driving was too heavy to get up the hill, so everyone had to vacate the car and walk, as the van ran at the hill at full pelt.
We made it to the spa just in time for dinner, which we ate accompanied by live local music with a view accross the lake. The spa was set in the middle of the jungle, around a small lake, lined by the villas in which we stayed. Each villa had its own pontoon and a few small rowing boats which provided a lot of entertainment! The lake was filled with Koi Carp which quickly swarmed our boats as soon as we dropped some bread into the water.
After a long awaited and much needed dip in the (freezing cold) pool, the team settled down to sleep. The next day was filled with rowing, fish feeding, massages and swimming, with the highlight being when James and Dani tried to climb into a boat which was already drifting away from the pontoon, ending in what can only be described as a well executed pair of splits worthy of a gold in Rio.
Thursday was spent back on site, on final touches such as casting the rest of the concrete boxes and completing the hamocks. Thursday the 18th August is also Indonesia’s independence day. To celebrate, the villagers get together to play games and have a party. The traditional independence day task is for a team of 6 to climb a 12 metre high bamboo pole covered in lubricant to reach the prizes which are hung at the top. We all went to the village square to spectate, but were greeted with cheers upon arrival... it turned out we had been put forward to try it ourselves!
The rules are that you are not alowed shoes or a shirt, and you must get to the top by any method possible. Because our team’s average height is quite a lot more than the locals, we were only alowed 5 competetors! James, Dave W, Josh, Harry and one local set about ascending the pole. We managed to get to a height of 4 people- about 1.5 metres from the top! The final distance however, proved to be too much and we didnt manage to win any prizes.
The project is now nearing completion and our final few days dawn upon us. Come back soon to view our final update of the finished Cipanas Playvilion!