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

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A weekend away… Herne Bay and Whistable

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This post is only seven weeks late… but hey ho, I’m going to write it anyway for me.

A couple of weeks before I started my MSc back at the University of East Anglia, Matt and I took a short break to Herne Bay to somewhat relax before the work began!

We booked the cutest old fisherman’s hut, The Nook, which was small yet cozy with everything we could possibly need for a weekend. The owner, Eve, was extremely welcoming and thought of everything. We arrived to find a lovely hamper which contained more than enough for breakfast and a very nice bottle of wine (which we drank before I had a chance to take a picture)! If you’re ever that way I highly recommend staying at the Nook, Unless you’re tall… then maybe you wont quite fit inside the cottage…

Matt and I are both keen walkers, so we decided to walk from Herne Bay to Whistable via West Blean, Thornden and Clowes wood, which I highly recommend. It was a beautifully sunny weekend, which definitely helped! Whistable it a really cute little seaside town with lots of interesting little shops and cafes, well worth a visit.

Once we’d cooled down from the long walk and explored Whistable a little, we strolled along the seafront following the Saxon Shore Way back to Herne Bay. We of course stopped for fish and chips along the way (You have to when you’re at the seaside, don’t you!). When we returned to the Nook, I’m pretty sure we both collapsed, so tired we didn’t even manage to finish our glasses of wine!

The following morning, we had to say goodbye to the cozy fisherman’s hut, however, before we left Herne Bay we set out in search for a cooked breakfast! We’d heard about a vegetarian  cafe in the town, however after hunting it down we fount it to be closed! We ended up eating at The Pantry, literally around the corner from the Nook!

Once last stop before the journey back to Norwich was Reculver Towers and Roman Fort! A beautiful and interesting little spot, with and exceptionally cheap car park for an English Heritage site! And that was it, our weekend away. Now I’m at the beginning of week six of my masters degree, swamped with work wishing I could be enjoying the weekend back by the seaside. Hence the delayed reminiscing post!

E x

Sun, snow and rock climbing?

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Hello guys!

As always, I must apologise fort he lack of posts, after a stunning weekend in the peak district I was inspired! How could I not share this beauty!

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Over the past academic year I have taken up climbing with the UEA climbing club and I love it! So after the stress of my dissertation was finally over, I jumped at the opportunity to give it a go outside when the club ran a beginners trip! So, a couple of weekends ago, I bundled in the minibus with the eleven others and began the journey to the Roaches in the Peak District!

We arrived in the snow at the Don Whillans Memorial Hut late at night, unable to fully appreciate how awesome it looked until the next morning. We bundled into the kitchen, which was built into the rock itself, and enjoyed an evening drinking beer and getting to know each other, deliberating whether it’d be dry enough to climb the next day! Unfortunatly, it wasn’t! However, as you can see, it was stunning, and it turns out, bouldering pads make pretty good sledges! So we set out, wrapped up warm to explore!

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Finally, in the afternoon it brightened up and we managed to climb! The hut was minutes from the nearest climbs, so it wasn’t far for us at all!  Once the leader had set the ropes (theres no way I’m anywhere near that good yet!) we gave it a go! It was so much fun, freezing cold, in minutes of putting on flimsy climbing shoes and taking off my gloves, I could barely feel my fingers and toes! But, I made it to the top and had so much fun doing so!

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It wasn’t long before we were all too cold to climb and we retreated inside for food and an evening of veggie chilli and drinking games, retreating to our alpine style bunks once the beer had run out! After another coating of snow overnight, the next morning was again to wet to climb! However we strolled up to some bouldering problems, which were surrounded by bog! Unfortunately a few were claimed by the bog man (he has his own song now, the bogra is a work in progress!) but I managed to complete my first outside bouldering problems. I definitely prefer bouldering inside, outside I’m still undecided!

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After a few more chilly hours and more bogman casualties, we retreated back to the minibus and ended our snowy climbing adventure! It was without a doubt one of my favourite weekends of my final year at UEA, thank you so much to the UEA Climbing Club and everyone else who came along!

Much Love!

E x