Update: Finishing First Year and packing for South Africa

by - June 13, 2016

It's been a very busy week and so the blog has been a little neglected - sorry - but I have had so much to do since coming home from university and going to South Africa.. tomorrow!!! I have been packing all day and while I find packing somewhat stressful, it makes me so excited! I cannot believe it's tomorrow. AHH!

This trip is the first time I'm travelling completely alone.. I'm really excited and also slightly terrified. It's the first time I'll fly alone, but... it's not the first time I will not know anyone. When I went to South Africa in 2014 it was my first time volunteering abroad and I didn't meet any of my fellow volunteers until arriving at Heathrow airport, and now they are some of my best friends who I talk to almost everyday. Meeting new people is not really worrying me, because I know how easy it is, and it's likely I'll be with like-minded people who are in the same position as me. I'm only really nervous about the actual travelling bit.. you know, getting there in one piece without losing anything.  

I've been told where I am staying has wifi, and so I plan to blog my trip! I'm really excited about this for something I can look back on, and something my friends and family can read while I'm out there (especially to stop everyone from worrying that I accidentally got on the wrong plane and/or lost all my luggage); and something you can read and (hopefully) enjoy!

I can't believe how quickly it's come around, particularly as it shows that I have finished my first year of university! Everyone says first year is the best year, and it really will be hard to beat! But summer is one of my favourite times of year and it'll be lovely to spend some time at home post-Africa with my friends and family here, and being back with my dog is the best.

The best thing about first year has been living in halls. I was so lucky with my halls as everyone was so lovely and we all got very close. I'm really going to miss having all my friends so close by and being able to pop to another flat in slippers, a dressing gown and a cup of tea just for a chat.

Since exams finished it's all been pretty hectic. I stayed in Southampton for a couple weeks just to spend time with my friends where we could just relax and not have to worry about anything. We went out a lot, and spent some time in the sunshine. I also visited London a couple times, which featured a visit to my favourite museum: The Natural History Museum; a Buddy Holly show, and the 21st of an old friend. I have now been home for a few days as well before jetting off to check in with my sister, parents and dog.

So that was just a quick update as to why I haven't posted for a while, and why (hopefully) you will soon be bombarded with Africa posts and pictures on here, as well as all my social medias! After my trip I plan to continue my Endangered Species series, and much more but if you have any requests let me know through the Contact Me tab!

Hope you enjoy are having/ have a wonderful summer wherever you are doing whatever you do!

Much love


Natural History Museum

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