Highlights, 2016!

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So I have just remembered, on the 10th February, that I never finished and uploaded this post! So anyway, i thought, even if its of no interest to anyone else, its a nice reminiscent post that I’ll be able to look back on!

 So here we are, very nearly at the end of 2016, where has this last year gone? So much has changed, this time last year I was stressing myself out over handing in my undergraduate dissertation just after this Christmas break. Now, here I am stressing over the three deadlines I have due in January… Okay, so maybe not that much has changed.

I’m now currently studying Energy Engineering rather than Geophysics, still at UEA however, how could I leave my beloved city… I was beyond lucky to have been awarded a full scholarship from the Scottish Power Foundation which has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to meet some wonderful people, maybe I’ll write a post about it sometime…

Anyway, getting to the point, I thought I’d document my highlights of 2016, too look back on in the future;

  1. My first (and only) outdoor climbing trip to the Roaches.

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I’ve definitely written a post about this previously. After finally submitting my undergraduate dissertation I had the opportunity to spend the weekend climbing with UEA Climbing Club in this beautiful setting!

2. Edinburgh for mine and my sister birthday

So if you’ve never been, I highly recommend going. Ruby and I went and spent several days of  March up in beautiful Edinburgh exploring the castle, climbing to Arthurs seat and relaxing in the birth place of Harry Potter!

3. Post-exam Lake Bled mini break

The day after finishing my final undergraduate exam Matt and I jetted off to Lake Bled, Slovenia for a wonderful few days exploring the stunning landscape, climbing hills and following gorges to waterfalls.

4. Working Offshore

Looking back I always have mixed feelings about working offshore. This year I went back to the company who I worked for for my year in industry and spent two months back out in the North Sea. I enjoy the work and the atmosphere can be fun, however weeks away from loved ones, bad food and confined conditions can get to be a bit too much!

5. Glastonbury

After years of wanting to go, myself and some wonderful people set off to Glastonbury and had an extremely muddy weekend of fun! I can’t wait to go again!

6. Being offered the Scottish Power Scholarship and meeting the King and Queen of Spain.

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I was so lucky to have been offered a full scholarship from ScottishPower to study my masters at UEA. As they’re part of the larger Spanish company, Ibedrola, the award ceremony was in Madrid and the certificates handed out by the king and queen of spain! Pretty exciting huh!

7. Graduation Day

So this is what the last four years were building up to! I had such a lovely day surrounded my some of my nearest and dearest celebrating our achievements!

8. Whistable and Herne Bay

I’ve already blogged about this, but it deserved another mention. It was lovely to have a short break before starting the manic masters degree!

9. Talking at EEEGR’s Offshore Wind Week

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Although completely nerve racking, I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to talk on behalf of Scottish Power and UEA at offshore wind week!

10. Glasgow with the Scottish Power Scholars and Zozo!

Unfortunately I don’t have too many pictures of this adventure, but the Scottish Power Foundation invited us up to Glasgow for a networking opportunity and the visit they pumped storage hydroelectric plant, which was pretty damn cool! It was lovely to catch up with the other scholars for the fist time since Madrid and also lovely to see Zoe!

So that’s it, my top events of 2016, here’s to 2017 and many more  adventures and hopefully a successful second half of my masters degree!!

Much love. Ex

Home again, a month late!

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Yet again I have failed epically at following up with my blog. Well done Esmee!

So, I’ve been home for a month now (that’s how rubbish I am!). I must say, I was pretty glad to be back on dry land! Not that I don’t enjoy my job! I love working offshore, but I missed my home comforts! My double bed, in a room which doesn’t creek all night, food I actually want to eat! But I must say… It was so quiet at first! I was so used to there being people around all the time!

The last few days on board we’re pretty hectic! The Geo is in charge of organising all the data to be sent back to the office, so it was a day of getting data backups from other departments and making sure all our projects were complete and included all the necessary data! Not very exciting I’m afraid! We made it back into port 6 am on the Friday morning, yes, that meant a wonderful wake up call from the bow thrusters… I was not happy, but hey ho! No more being in shift for me, I was up at 7 am, ready to help finalise the job. It was both sad and exciting saying goodbye. When you live with people in such close confinement for periods of time, you just adjust to being around them and make really good friends. But the idea of my own bed and going out for dinner with my beautiful friend Meg was more of a draw! (Sorry Rhi if you’re reading this, who is finally off the Vigilant!)

One more stop, back at the office to data drop and handover, and then I was finally home! And out the door again within the hour! I didn’t want to fall sleep at 4 pm so Meg and I went to do a spot of shopping before over indulging in food!

So, for anyone who knows me, they know I’m generally sporting a nice variety of bruises due to being pretty clumsy. Well, this mixed offshore meant I had an even larger variety of bruises, but mixed with being back on land for the first time, felling slightly land sick (I swear this is a real thing) my clumsiness reached a new low, where I managed to not only drop a shampoo bottle on the floor of superdrug and break the catch, but smash a bottle of red, yes red, nail varnish all over the floor! I was so embarrassed… and covered in nail varnish! Opps! 


I’ve been so busy since I’ve been back. I’ve been working in the office writing the reports for the jobs I worked on offshore, my last one went today! How exciting. I’ve also run the race for like, been to Radio 1’s  Big Weekend, UEA’s Pimp My Barrow, spent  couple of days at home with my family, caught up with friends and met my friend Aimee’s gorgeous baby boy! Its been a busy month. Maybe I’ll catch you up in a blog post. I’m going to try and get into blogging a lot more!


E x