Posts in 'Personal Stories'

How I came to live in the Lake District

Standing in the middle of Booths supermarket in Keswick, I wasn’t quite sure what to do next. Where to go, how to fill the time. Tears of panic trickling down my face.  Outside, the rain continued to pour down in the early March gloom. I had two hours before my interview at the youth hostel. […]

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Latrigg Lake District

On the places that made me…Latrigg, the Lake District

“If you feel like it once you’ve unpacked, Latrigg is a nice easy hike, over there’. I followed Helen’s gaze outside my empty bedroom window, across the shallow river to a perfectly shaped hill, shrouded on one side in woods. Despite being around 350m, it looked huge. Whilst one part of me was keen for […]

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Hawkshead YHA Lake District

Lockdown life in an empty Lake District hostel

I’ve debated about whether to share my lockdown story over the last week. I’m aware that I’m writing this from a very fortune point of privilege, one in which sometimes feels so far removed from the physical, mental and financial hardship so many people are having to deal with and face during this global pandemic.  […]

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On the beauty of fleeting friendships whilst travelling

On the beauty of fleeting friendships whilst travelling

“A quick walk to the waterfall”? Henry suggested as we made our way up the gangway and into the Icelandic town of Seyðisfjörðu.  Our ferry had just arrived, departing Scrabster, the very tip of Scotland, 31 hours ago, sailing via the Faroe Islands to this tiny town in Eastern Iceland.  I had met Henry in […]

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