The rumours are true, I have indeed returned to the UK from my 10-week volunteering expedition to Borneo and finally have internet access again (not that I missed it) so expect a few more blog posts!
I have learnt a lot about reducing your impact on the surrounding environment and have adhered to the phrase ‘leave only footprints, take only memories’ as much as possible. We had to quickly learn to suppress our automatic-pilot reactions to very large bugs landing on us and not squash them as, according to our jungle-trek guide, this stirs up bad jungle spirits (Avatar anyone?!) We certainly were not picking flowers, but took scores of photos of them; however the guides did show us how they use the forest resources sustainably to make bamboo cutlery. We were careful choosing the trees to tie our hammocks to so as not to cause damage and put all our food waste in separate dry and wet slops pits, which we filtered and covered over.