Survivor: Boston Rob and Sandra are actually living on the Island of the Idols

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If there was any doubt about the living conditions Boston Rob and Sandra are dealing with, yesterday’s coverage of Survivor: Island of Idols put it to rest.

Coming into Survivor: Island of the Idols, we knew about Boston Rob and Sandra’s involvement, but we didn’t know the specifics. Could they really be on that island every day for 39 days? Do they secretly go to a nice cozy bed at night or get shipments of hardy meals? Those questions were answered yesterday by CBS and Sandra Diaz-Twine herself.

A few hours before episode 2 aired, Survivor’s official Twitter account uploaded a secret scene from Day 2 on the Island of the Idols. It showed Boston Rob and Sandra feeling sore all over after sleeping on bamboo. So yes, the mentors are spending the nights on Island of the Idols, on the shelter that they built themselves.

Despite all of their experience playing Survivor and their skill at shelter building, the two legends still felt the pain of resting on bamboo all night. I’m glad CBS released this clip because it really helps us to get a feel of the atmosphere on Island of the Idols. It’s clear that Boston Rob and Sandra aren’t taking the easy way out, they’re willing to suffer as legit castaways to an extent.

After the episode aired, Sandra was active on Twitter, answering some questions about their life on the island. You may have noticed in the clip above that Boston Rob was sleeping on a white sheet. Contrary to fans thinking it was a blanket that they were given, Sandra confirmed that it’s nothing more than a piece of sail that they used as a makeshift pillow.

Sandra also explained why they stuck to their uncomfortable shelter instead of sleeping on the sand. She tweeted that there were so many poisonous snakes on their beach that they couldn’t even consider sleeping on it. As for food, Sandra insisted that the island has plenty of food to sustain themselves.

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In fact, it was actually occupied by a legit Fijian tribe before they moved onto a bigger island a few years ago, so the mentors were content with living off the food of the land. This awesome insight into this season underscores how Boston Rob and Sandra aren’t skimping out, they are willing to face the trials of living on an island, which further cements their lofty place as Survivor icons.