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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 14th 2009

Today was the survival section of the course - life jackets, life rafts, and sea survival. All very interesting and I hope that I never have to use any of it. It was rather depressing. For the practical part we were taken to dive pool and saw how the life rafts inflate then we had to jump off a 4 meter high board and get into the life raft. We ended with the mock abandon ship where we had to get into a life raft, using all the skills we had learned. I am impressed at how well the whole course is put together. I am off to kuwait tomorrow night so I don't know when I will next be able to add anything.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 13th 2009

It was hands on today on the fire fighting ground of the institue. We were all dressed up in our Gucci gear and were given a taste of what it would be like to have a fire onboard a ship. It was a real eye opener for me. We got to try fire extinguishers and fire hoses. We were given breathing apparatus and went in to experience what it is like to feel a real fire. It was very strenous - the breathing apparatus - similar to dive tanks - was heavy to carry. I did get panicked when I couldn't see out of my visor when we went into rescue a casualty, however there were loads of instructors along the route to assist me. The Far green structure in the fire ground pic is built ... read more
Fire ground

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 11th 2009

I started the next course at Warsash Maritime institute. Lovely campus over looking the Hamble River - which we sailed up last week. It is a small class 9 people from a variety of backgrounds from captain of a ship to a 16 year old who wants to work on a private yatch. It was all classroom sessions today I am looking forward to the practiacl sessions of fire fighting and launching a life raft which comes later in the week. I choose the right B&B. The family are very friendly and really believe in value for money 20 pounds buy breakfast and dinner and transport to the college plus internet and they are all so nice. They have been doing this for years and Carol makes you feel very welcomed as soon as you walk ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 10th 2009

I have just finished my Day Skipper course 4 days of theroy and 5 day on practical. It was very intense. 4 other people were great, I was the only woman except for the instructor and it worked out well. We sailed over to Cowes, up the Bealueiu river, down to lymington. up the Hamble. cover over 80 miles in 4 days. We were not hampered by the weather which was up to force 7 (28-33knots) at times. It was cold as the pictures of us show the woolly hats which were necessary! We did some night sailing in very busy waters and saw everything we had learned about on the theroy part of the course. The people(4)on the course were like me keen and enthusicatic and we had a good laugh easp as we a ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Lymington April 30th 2009

Well we are finally off tomorrow on our world tour. I think we’re as ready as we can be, travel insurance , 9 series of Southpark on the iPod , nothing but the essentials! The first phase of the trip is as follows…. 4 days seeing friends in the Netherlands then on to India. Starting in Mumbai and going down the west coast via Goa and Kerala and over to the east via Maduri and on to Madras. Then the plan is to fly to Calcutta and take a train to Varanasi and Agra and leave from Delhi, 2 months in total. From India we go to Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for around 2 months. Then we go up to Japan for a few days then down to Singapore which will be a base ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton April 29th 2009

And Through Portugal We had a lovely time driving slowly up through Portugal with some lovely and some not so lovely weather. We managed to pop into Lisbon when it was wet and it doesn't matter then. It is still a great place for a short break. We discovered history in Mafre, Tomar and Obidos. And some religiosity in Fatima where we got wet. After that we moved further north to a small campsite near Oliveira dos Hopital past Coimbra where we cycled and stayed for a few days before finding Braganca which was beguiling, a real find. This was our last stop in Portugal and we took to the hills to find Spain. Asturias and Cantabria, north Spain But we were a bit heavy perhaps as we overheated our breaks coming down into Spain. We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth April 28th 2009

I am off to UK for sailing lesson on Friday, before I head out to Tonga to dive and sail for the summer... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Fleet April 28th 2009

Hello everybody!! OK... one very last blog and then you'll have to find something else to do with your lives other than read my blogs... hehe just joking, I think it's lovely that so many of you have been interested in following my travels and reading through my lengthy blogs all this time! :o) Ive been home nearly a week now and Im still not sure that it has actually sunk in that I'm home for good! It's so lovely to be home and feels like I've never been away, everything and everyone has pretty much stayed exactly the same and I dont really feel that different either, although i do know i have changed quite a lot! I think maybe I haven't quite realised that travelling is over, I think at the moment the novelty ... read more
Yummy yummy in my tummy! :o)
Blowing out the candles!
Me and my sisters!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Basingstoke April 20th 2009

Thursday 16.04.09 Cuenca is a lovely city: though it has nearly half a million of a population it has a quiet hstoric feel about it; with its cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture, people are polite, friendly and are not rushed - I felt a lot safer there than in many of the other cosmopolitan cities. The only drawback was the weather; it was cold and rainy! An early start for my last day in Ecuador and packing took a little longer than usual. The bus to Guayaquil was leaving at 11:30 so I had time to visit the Museo de Banco Central Pumapungo not far from the river. There I saw one of the best exhibitions of indigenous cultural history of Equador: the displays were particularly interesting with a wide variety of artefacts well documented in ... read more
Range of Indigenous Artefacts
Tsantas - Shrunken Heads
Bamboo House

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