Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Camp America Goals

I'm leaving.
I'm leaving for America in just a few hours. At 11:30pm I'll be on my way to Cardiff (40mins), at 1am I'll be leaving Cardiff on the National Express coach to Heathrow Airport (3hrs). My check in time is at 6:45 and my flight leaves at 9:45, it's safe to say I'm not looking forward to all the waiting around and travelling. 

Anyway, the point of this post is to jot down my targets for my two months in America. It's going to be an amazing two months and I definitely want to make the most of it!

1. Eat something I've never eaten before.
It may be something I've never tried or it may be something I don't like. 

2. Participate in a sport. 
My sporty days of playing football, hockey and netball are long gone, and I think it's really sad that I haven't kept up any team sports. So whatever it is be it ''soccer'', netball, dodgeball or whatever I'm gonna get stuck right in.

3. Swim in a lake/pond.
I've been informed that we swim twice a day at my camp and from what I've heard it's in a lake. I've never swam in a lake before. 

4. Try something new.
Something totally new. 

5. Keep fit.
I'm aiming on my days off to go for a run around the woods. We visit the gym twice a week and on top of that my camp also has a salad bar.

6. Help change atleast one campers summer. 
Be it through encouraging one to try something new or eat something different. Be it curing home sickness or changing their view from negative to positive. 

7. Make friends. 
I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of new people from around the world. I'm looking forward to making friends with Campers and other staff. I'd love to make atleast 5 new friends to keep in touch with.

8. Make a fool out if myself.
I'm only there for two months right? And then I might never see these people again so I should do lots of fun things even if they make me look stupid. 

9. Read and write.
I haven't had time to read in ages and I used to love reading. My camp has free time where campers can write letters to their parents and read. I want to use this time to actually read. 
I recently bought a journal especially for documenting my Camp America experience. I'm aiming to write atleast once a day. 

10. Say 'YES' more.
This is going to be a once in a life time opportunity and therefore I should make the most of it. I'm switching 'No' for 'YES' at every reasonable opportunity.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

An unexpected trip to BELFAST

I'm HOME! If you follow my blog then you'll know I'm off to America this summer to work at a summer camp and I am extrememly excited! The last thing I had to do was get my visa and after completing my application it was revealed that there were no more appointments in London! So where did I have to go? Belfast.

After getting over the shock mum booked us flights and a hotel in Belfast. We left on Wednesday (11th) and got back late Thursday night (12th). Although it was quick we had an interesting experience.

My visa appointment was at 8:30 in the morning. Apparently the earlier the appointment the quicker the whole process is. There's lots of waiting around, security checks, paperwork and then the interview is like two minutes long. Nothing major.

After my appointment myself and mum decided to grab some breakfast and see the city, like proper tourists.We had a fantastic breakfast in weatherspoons, the ulster breakfast, complete with....potato bread, needless to say I didn't think much of that. 

We then were convinced to go on a city sightseeing tour by a beautiful Irish man who I think was called Mickey. Our tour guide was called Alana and our driver was called Sam! All the staff were amazing and really helpful. I'd fully recommend a tour of Belfast. There was so much history I never even knew about! It was well worth it.

We ate so much through out the day and managed to grab a bus to the airport right on time!

Bristol airport is easy to get through, the only thing we had taken off us was our liquids that were over 100ml however trying to back through Belfast airport was a nightmare. Our shoes were off, our bags were searched, they took things out, bagged things. It was a nightmare! 

Have you ever been to Ireland? What do you think of potato bread?

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