Moving to Exeter – Sept 2017

Moving to Exeter – Sept 2017

Moving County

So I am now a resident of Devon and living in the Exeter area! I’ve been here about a month now, but I am still adjusting and settling in. It’s been a busy few weeks, what with moving, a holiday to Italy and then starting my Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training. The latter has probably been the biggest and most prominent change of late – I am now officially registered as a postgrad student again and employed as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist. This is what I am getting used to the most I think – the fact I am really here and this is my path for the next three years – madness – but good madness!

Back to Uni

I am taking the course at the University of Exeter which so far seems fab. I’ve met some lovely people on my cohort and hope our friendships will blossom as time goes on. I am based at the Streatham Campus near the city centre and it’s a lovely campus. It’s quite green and has a cool mix of some enchanting old buildings fused with newer, more urban type structures. I have explored a little bit (there are so many fresh faced students who look about 12 who have made me feel rather old) but am aware there is a lot more of the campus to see. I’m just taking it one step at a time!

Located near the building we are having our teaching in is Reed Hall. The hall is a conference and event centre located on the campus and it’s available for hire for events such as weddings and educational conferences. It has a restaurant too which looks quite posh. It also has the most gorgeous gardens and architecture surrounding it which I discovered during one of the teaching days in my first week. There are leafy trees and fountains offering a calm oasis which is bliss amongst the hub bub of a busy and populated university. It’s quiet and a place for reflection and peace. I love it! I aim to try and take my lunch here during the teaching blocks at least once a week – this will hopefully encourage me to get outside during the lunch break (hard in the winter at times I can imagine) and take some time to sit, relax and eat among the squirrels and rabbits I’ve seen wandering around this lovely, tranquil green space.

New Home, New Adventures

Although I am going to be extremely busy (and probably rather stressed!) with all the university work, teaching, being on placement and my research over the next three years I hope to be able to carry on my adventures and love for exploring my local towns and county. I hope to make some Devon bucket lists and provide myself with opportunities to explore and get to know this beautiful county. Whilst I’m unconvinced it will beat Cornwall in terms of winning my heart, I hope it will give me a run for my money!

Can you recommend any places for me to visit in Devon? Ever been to Exeter? What did you think? Please share your recommendations and thoughts below 🙂

Borrowed Memories from Keya’s World

Borrowed Memories from Keya’s World

Blogging Inspiration

Whilst I really enjoy blogging my trips and adventures, I also like to read other peoples blogs. I mostly enjoy reading blogs that are of a similar theme to mine – travel blogs and people who are sharing their travel experiences and adventures. I love reading about other countries and interesting places fellow bloggers have visited and learn a lot about different cultures, climates and foods from around the world. I pick up lots of travel tips and inspirational ideas of where I would like to visit – my travel wish list is now longer than ever! I also really enjoy reading posts from local bloggers – those from the UK and those who are based in the South West of England. These give me ides of places I can more easily visit and travel to as they are more local and so therefore more attainable and importantly affordable!

Keya’s World

When looking for interesting and cool blogs to read I stumbled across Keya’s World. Sabrina is the blogger behind Keya’s World and her blog showcases her creative talents and offer insights into her world of travel through her amazing sketches.  I was really attracted to Sabrina’s artistic blog as her watercolours and sketches were breathtaking and I really recommend checking out her work.

Borrowed Memories

Whilst exploring the blog in more detail I noticed Sabrina’s post entitled “Borrowed Memories”. I was intrigued by this title and carried on reading. The premise of the post is all about Sabrina starting her first blog parade where Sabrina was asking for bloggers to leave links to their blog posts and social media accounts. This was with the aim of her choosing some ‘borrowed memories’ from other bloggers’ adventures that Sabrina could sketch.

A Very Exciting Email

I was so delighted to receive an email from Sabrina a few weeks ago letting me know she had chosen to feature one of my blog posts and that my sketches were attached. I was so excited to open them and wasn’t disappointed!

Sabrina chose to sketch some pictures from my National Trust Cotehele post. Sabrina described how she had lived in Cornwall for a short period when she was visiting a summer school in Torquay and had visited Cotehele with her parents. Sabrina said my post and pictures of Cotehele and its glorious gardens reminded her of a beautiful summer. I love that this has become a shared memory with Sabrina and the sketches are simply stunning  – they really capture the essence of the place and I love them!

Sabrina also chose to feature a coupe of other bloggers memories in her first blog parade post which you can read all about here. They include memories from Europe and a classic English cuppa. I want to thank Sabrina for choosing to sketch memories and thank her for including me!

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