Celebrating Feria de Las Flores

Every year at the beginning of August the city of Medellín celebrates Feria de Las Flores. The first flower festival took place in May 1957, and included a parade that represented the end of slavery. The festival was later moved to August in order to celebrate the independence of Antioquia. These days the festival includes […]

How a Month in Medellín Taught me to Live

4 weeks ago, a plane I was on landed in the beautiful city of Medellín. I had no idea what to expect, having read very little about the city before I made the decision to study there. Armed with a suitcase, backpack and very tired dog I headed out of the airport to start my […]

A Study Session and Unexpected Friends

From the 28th of May to the 4th of June I went to Strasbourg to attend a study session ran by ESN (the Erasmus Student Network), ENIL (European Network on Independent Living) and the Council of Europe. It focussed on intercultural learning within a mixed ability group, gathering young people from across Europe to learn […]

30 Days

For so long it was just a dream. I knew when I started my degree that I’d be spending the third year in another country, but I never could have imagined it would be Colombia. That was too much to hope. Yet I am. I’ve spent the morning packing up my apartment in order to […]

I’m going to Colombia!

It is official, last night I received my acceptance letter to EAFIT university in Medellín. I have 3 months to sort out mine and Isla’s vaccinations, buy us insurance, find somewhere to live, organise o&m, get my visa, find a dog food supplier and buy my flight. And I am so ready to start! Not […]

The study abroad countdown begins!

On saturday I submitted my study abroad application. I will be taking a year away from Coventry university to study in a Spanish speaking country. I had the option to either get a job or attend another university, considering I am very research focussed I didn’t even have to think about my answer. I have […]

Studying Abroad for the Second Time

Most of you will know, but for those who don’t I’ll be spending next academic year studying in another country. I’m consumed with nervous excitement, with thoughts of planes and countries I have never visited before. I have always had the travel bug, but now more than ever I will get to live the dream. […]

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Funding a Third Year Abroad

So you’re going on a year abroad. Guess what, me too! I haven’t yet had chance to write about it but next academic year (2017-18) I will be heading off to another country for a whole year. Currently I’m hoping to go to Latin America somewhere, but we’ll see what happens. It can be quite […]

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Travelling Blind on a Student Budget

Being a student traveller comes with its own set of economic challenges, and maximising what you get for your money is a real learning experience. Add a disability into the mix and there’s a whole other set of complications to consider. I’m blind and have been travelling alone in the United States since the start […]

A day at the Armouries

Yesterday I went to the Royal Armouries with my family. It was a fun day out, I’ve been there before and I really like the place. But it was even better because…superheroes! If you ever get the opportunity to visit I highly recommend it.