Just south of the Scottish border is the very beautiful county of Northumberland. It is the northernmost part of England and is home to the quaint town of Alnwick. For a fairly small town there are so many lovely things to do and see here, especially in the summer months.
There is something so lovely about having your friends come and stay – showing them the local sights and attractions and catching up over brunches and coffee stops. Last weekend, I had some of the Bristol uni crew come and spend the weekend with me and we managed to see quite a bit of Edinburgh, whilst still having a chance to catch-up and essentially watch the entire season of Queer Eye (an absolute must-watch if you haven’t already seen it!).
The Highlands of Scotland is such a vast area that it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide exactly where to visit. As we were staying in Kinlochleven and hadn’t visited the Highlands before, we made the decision to visit areas that were local to us.
Whilst travelling to New Zealand, South Africa and Asia are high on my travel wish list, there is something lovely about taking a short trip somewhere nearer to home. This week, we went on a mini road trip up to Glencoe in Fliss, the sturdy but not hugely reliable Ford. Miraculously, she survived the trip on some fairly bumpy and uneven roads and really was essential to our road-trip.
One of the biggest attractions of working in a summer camp is the opportunity to travel afterwards. On the J-1 visa, you have up to one month to travel around America after your work placement ends and you have to return home (or continue your travels in another country). This is an incredible chance to see America with new found friends and tick a number of things off the ol’ bucket list.
When I started university in 2012 (unbelievably six whole years ago) I was eager to spend my summers working in an American summer camp. I spent my first summer of university working in a hospital to save up enough money to afford a three and a half month adventure in the beautiful US of A the following summer. Once I’d saved up enough money, the scary part began. How do you know where to start? How do you actually get placed in a camp? How do you get a working visa?
Since moving to Scotland last November, I’ve been trying to explore as much as as possible over the weekends. Yesterday, we took a trip in Fliss the Ford to the gorgeous little town of Peebles, situated in the borders of Scotland and around half an hour from Edinburgh.