So this is it. Crunch time.
This week I will find out if…
a) AJ Hackett will be building a bungee jump in Liverpool next year.
b) Guinness World Records are happy to verify my little jaunt to every country in the world without flying (you know, the one that took me four years).
c) I win SOS Island.
EVERYTHING is up in the air here. I have no idea what Guinness are going to say, and even though I’m ahead on votes at this moment in time on the SOS website, it’s a percentage game and challenge wins must be taken into account. Nothing, nothing NOTHING is set in stone.
So this Saturday night I could be celebrating.
I’m not feeling helpless, though… I’m voting every day at sos-island.com/voting and I’m encouraging everybody I know and love to do the same. I’m currently getting around 1,500 votes a day, which is amazing – I just hope it’s enough.
So, to you. We have three days left. Voting closes at midnight GMT on Thursday.
This last month has been a crazy roller-coaster… and don’t worry, I’ve been playing the game like crazy too!!
Not long to go now……
We will speak again at the end of the week. Whatever happens, I’ll be in the pub :-)
Our final day of SOS Island!!! Here’s a quick tour of our tent (I only slept in it once – hammocks all the way baby):
We headed back the hotel and everyone crashed out. Completely out of character, I know, but since everybody else went straight to bed, so did I. After 12 days on a desert island, little food, no air-con, a bucket shower and sleeping in a hammock, I was exhausted.
I headed straight for the bar!!! There I met with the production crew, Tom the crazy hair guy from Boot Camp (he chose to stay in Puerto Rico) and Maria Alexandra, my Puerto Rican travel buddy who followed The Odyssey Expedition from day 1.
Maria was still in the running for the Jauntaroo Chief World Explorer job (same one I didn’t make the final 50 of… SCREW YOU, JAUNTAROO!!!) so, desperately trying to sound sober, we shot this video:
Anyway so Maria didn’t make the top 5 +++SCREW YOU EVEN MORE JAUNTAROO!!!+++ and neither did Chris, who was also in the running.
Hey, Jauntaroo, great way to make every travel blogger in the world hate your guts!! Just to remind you, THIS was the video I shot in my attempt to get into the top 50:
BUT FORGET THAT, I CAN STILL WIN SOS ISLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But not without YOUR support!!
So join #TeamGraham and head over to sos-island.com/voting and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!
We stayed out drinking till the wee small hours. The next day I was so exhausted and hungover that I stayed in bed all day.
I went kayaking with Jo.
We were originally supposed to leave the island on Saturday, but due to our director Craig falling ill, the plan changed…
So this was to be our last night on the island! Today we’d be cramming two challenges into one day, no rest for the wicked!! Although I was sad that we’d be leaving a day early, everyone else was ecstatic to hear the news, as you can see in the following video:
It being our last night, we were invited to attend a fire on the beach and roasted marshmellows with Carolina, the owner of the island. Javier, our minder (“the ninth SOS-Islander”) and our medic were also there and most of the group came. Mmm… marshmellows!! A VERY content Graham slept soundly on his hammock that night.
I’m loving this island! Slept on my hammock again last night – I seem to be sleeping better than the others. Or maybe they’re all just incredibly focused on maxing out their social media presence…
So! Day 10 on the island!! This morning we had a challenge (one of the final 4!) and then this afternoon we all lined up on the beach for our penultimate live show.
I love that I’m uploading this stuff from an island in the Caribbean while appearing live on the internets!! Samsung you know the way to a ginger travelling monkey’s heart!
After the show we were given a ton of grub in tin cans to devour. I made a fire and Jo and I ate some canned Chilli Con Carne and sweetcorn… LOVELY!!
Dunno what was with the others. Maybe they weren’t hungry.
By our second Monday on the island it was really beginning to feel like home. I was in my element, running around, causing trouble, attempting to win challenge coconuts. This week pretty much all of the challenges involved water and when it came to Monday’s live show, half of us were (understandably) exhausted…
Yes I made a robot costume.
Tuesday saw us shoot two more challenge episodes, and also had us shooting a promo for the news networks in the States… WHICH DOESN’T REALLY HELP ME BEING THE ONLY BRIT!
In case you were wondering, yes that was me lighting the fire!