Just checking in from the cone of silence to let you know that I’ve enjoyed hanging out in the UK since I left France in late July. I’ve pottered about in Manchester, relaxed in a couple of lovely coastal towns in Wales, explored Bristol (home of an excellent hot air balloon fiesta), and then returned to London town.
In London, I spent a week or so helping the fine folk from Crossroads‘ Global Hand team run a “Struggle for Survival” simulation, managed to fit in visits to a couple of musicals and a few iconic sights, watched a lot of amazing sport on television, and have spent much of the rest of my time scouring the outdoors/travel shops of London for the kit I’ll need for the next chapter of the adventure… in India!
Tomorrow I’m flying to India where I’ll spend 3 months as volunteer logistics crew on an expedition with Raleigh International. I’m feeling quite daunted, not least about having to fit all this new kit into my backpack! But am looking forward to getting involved in some community development work ‘on the ground’ to see what that’s like. And I’ve been getting quite excited about the difference toilets can make to local communities… You’ll probably be hearing more about that over coming months!
I’m hoping there’ll be sufficient internet access for me to be able to update you on my personal journey as the adventure unfolds, but just in case, here’s a link to another blog: http://www.raleighindia.blogspot.co.uk/ This is the official Raleigh blog for all their India expeditions. My expedition is called ’12J’ and our adventures as a team will start appearing there soon. You can get in touch with me by leaving comments on the expedition blog if it turns out I’m de-internetted for a while!
And with that, it’s back to the packing challenge! Hope you’re all well.