I can’t believe that I’ve been keeping up this blog for over a year now, as such a lot has happened during that time. It has been a great gap year and I’ve learnt lots of valuable skills. I’ve learnt to drive, come a notch further with my violin playing and learnt many new skills in creating wildlife art and photography. I’ve become a lot fitter, thanks in part to getting through another karate grading, but also from training for the expedition. Volunteering at the Corinium Museum has provided me with lots of new skills for my future career, as well as allowing me to indulge my passion for history.
I have enjoyed the chance to earn a wage, and also, the fundraising to make money for my expedition. This has been hard work, a time of highs and lows, and a time in which in which I have learnt that perseverance does eventually pay off. I still find it quite hard to believe the amazing adventure I’ve had. It has been a journey of self-discovery and I am still contemplating the wildlife and scenery I have seen, the people I have met and the things I have done.
Today is my final day of volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Centre where I’ve been working on and off since the age of fourteen. I am quite sure that it is not the end of my volunteering/fundraising for them, but it is certainly the end for now. Then I must get on with my packing… a lot to do before I finally leave for Exeter, but I have at last finished writing up all my reports and prepared my talk about the expedition to give at Uni (just need to rehearse it a few times in freont of my parents) . Still working on the new pages for this website, but they are coming very soon… promise!