Sunday 29th September 2013
I was back in the UK for about 48 hours before I was up an’ at ’em, and on a flight to New York… the time had come for SOS Island.
At JFK I met up with Mert, one of the other SOS Island challengers, he accompanied me on the connecting flight to Puerto Rico. Mert’s a photographer from Turkey and I hope he is one of the eight that make it through SOS Boot Camp and onto the island proper.
We landed at San Juan International late on Saturday night and were picked up from the airport in a minibus along with some of the other contestants and taken to Fajardo, a town one hour to the east of San Juan.
Sunday was spent getting to know the other contestants – Murad from Jordan, Veronica from Italy, Rosa from Texas, Brittany from LA, Robin from Sweden, Chris from LA, Kalyn from Canada, Liron from Israel, Tom from Perth, Alex from Moscow, Tan from Sydney, Natalie from Brighton, Jo from South Africa, Karen from Boston and the aforementioned Mert from Istanbul.
Later, we were given our equipment – a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and a Samsung NX camera each and we were given a tutorial by Todd, Samsung’s representative.
In the evening we were treated to a meal together. We spent most of the time playing with the weird “make your eyes massive” feature on the S4.
Most of us then got an early night, ready for tomorrow: the first day of SOS Island Boot Camp with Les Stroud…