You ARE a global citizen. Whether you travel the world on a regular basis or spend more time than you care to admit sitting on the sofa, you can’t escape your identity. Whilst divided by oceans and mountains, by political borders and ideologies, by spirituality and religion, by language and skin colour, and by every little detail that makes us individuals, there is so much that we share. Regardless of the differences, we are 7.4 billion residents of one little planet hurtling around an incomprehensible massive universe.
On May 25th 2016, I decided to take a break from ‘the world’ and take a solo trip to the wide open spaces of the North York Moors. It would be my first multi-day hike and my first experience of wild camping. After 4 days and 3 nights hiking part of the Cleveland Way National Trail, I had huge blisters, painful shoulders, a great sense of achievement, a fresh awareness of self, and some brilliant memories.
It’s Award Time! I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award. Here I answer some questions about myself and select some great blogs for Liebster nomination. Don’t miss my (possibly surprising) little ‘fun fact’ secret, and my possibly ‘rather too complex for the question’ analysis of Harry Potter!
Picking myself up off the ground, brushing off as much of the dust as I could, my initial thoughts were those of embarrassment. Getting injured abroad is a worry, but this time I discovered my ability to carry on regardless, as well as the amazing services of the NHS back in the UK.
Some songs just inspire me – whether that be to head out for distant horizons or just to continue trying to do something good in this world. Here are ten of my favourites (plus a couple that I just couldn’t leave out).
A line of the cutest baby elephants elephants comes running towards me from out of the brush. With huge ears flapping, they race down the slope like a bunch of toddlers excited to see what Santa has brought. At the Nairobi nursery of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can enjoy getting up close to some adorable babies.
The grateful smiles, the offers of eternal friendship, and those overwhelming emotions are things that every volunteer comes to know. But, this time, I was blessed merely be being the courier of someone else’s goodwill, at the Tujiinue Youth Group car wash.
On 20th March, I celebrated the opening of new premises with the children of Future Stars. I bought soda for everyone and then we danced late into the night.
Back in January, we lost 50 children from Future Stars due to ‘overcrowding’. Now we have new rooms. There are plenty of plans for future expansion that I hope will be reality very soon.