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26 May 2020 - Annabel Symes (Arnold & Watt 2015-19) makes epic journey home from Patagonia

Annabel Symes (Arnold & Watt 2015-19) recently made an epic journey home from Patagonia, having been worried that she might be stranded there when lockdown restrictions were put in place.

Annabel, who was working as a volunteer hosting tourists at a remote ranch in the foothills of the Andes, had originally planned to return in April, but her flight was cancelled when Argentina introduced strict travel restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

After called the Foreign Office for help, Annabel and her partner had to embark on a lengthy horseback ride to the nearest road, a nine-hour taxi journey to the nearest town and finally a 17-hour bus ride to Buenos Aires airport. The ride to the road was made at night under a full moon, with mules carrying their bags.

British Embassy staff had to negotiate travel permits with different regional authorities to organise bus travel, book taxis and arrange cross-country travelling. The couple returned home alongside 200 other British travellers from Argentina on 8 May.

The journey was made even more urgent as the summer season was coming to an end, and any prolonged freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall would have made leaving the ranch impossible.

Annabel said: 'Once I realised I was stranded, I registered with the British Embassy. Communication was made challenging as the estancia only had patchy internet access via satellite which meant lots of cold WhatsApp conversations sitting on a tree stump in the middle of a field.'


26 May 2020    Annabel Symes (Arnold & Watt 2015-19) makes epic journey home from Patagonia
12 May 2020    College singer-songwriters continue despite lockdown
7 May 2020    Heart surgeon Dr Joel Dunning (Craig 1986-91) retrains as ICU nurse
6 May 2020    Thank you from Old Eastbournians in the NHS
4 May 2020    A message from Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart
1 May 2020    Dr Guy Thwaites (Blackwater 1984-89) talks to BBC about Covid-19 response in Vietnam

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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

You can buy it in person from the Eastbournian Society office or the school shop, or order a copy to be posted to you.

The price including postage and packing (UK) is £7.70. For postage costs outside the UK please enquire for details.

Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

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