Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my diary. I suppose I should start this wee diary malarky off with a bit about me.
I’m Liz Flenley, I’m 19 and a gapper (sounds a bit like some kind of AA meeting!). I drink tea. I’m country bumpkin born and bred, right down in God’s own county, Hampshire. I drink tea. In Septmember I’m off to Cardiff Uni to study Law. I drink tea. Probably the thing I like most is laughing (as in the Mary Poppins song), and just enjoying myself, whether out with friends or with ma famille. I drink tea. I have an unhealthy interest in films, music, cars, going out and books. Oh and I drink tea.
I am what I like to call a ‘last-minute’ gapper, in that I was always supposed to be going straight off to uni after my a levels. However I was utterly convinced that I’d failed one of my a levels, so had reconciled myself with the idea of taking a gap year. When I got my results I did so much better than I thought that I told my parents, right I’m deferring entry to uni and I’m going to take a gap year.
So here I am, 6 months down the line, working for IBM (don’t ask how I got here - i’m still confused), being robbed by the tax man and panicking at the fact that I have 12 days before I go!
I hope this diary is a tiny bit interesting, maybe sometimes amusing, and a little bit helpful. :D
Im from hampshire too! where abouts exactly are u from? Im also studying law…stupid me tho cos i realise now i should have taken a gap year first, but my want for travelling only arose about 6months ago..so it was a bit late then!!
Anyway i hope you really enjoy your trip. I’ll be interested to hear what u get up to and what the places are like cos they are all the places i would like to travel too eventually.
Keep drinking tea!
Hi Becky! I’m from Winchester, although tiny, you’ve gotta love it! Definitely still do the travelling thing whilst you’re at uni. My brother put a bit of his student loan away each month and got a job, and then with the money went travelling round Africa for 5 weeks, during his summer vacation.
When I get to uni, I’m hoping to do something similiar except that I’m going to go to India to work in a school my mum’s involved with. As its charity, i’m going to attempt to do the whole fundraising thing first, which is also a really good option. I’ve got a friend who went to Borneo (sp) with Raleigh International (it has links with IBM). If you fancy Africa try Nyumbani (http://www.nyumbani.org) - its an AIDs Orphanage in Nairobi, they’re always looking for volunteers - I had the most amazing time there, and would love to go back. Extremely moving but so rewarding.
Thank you - I’m so excited!! Whereabouts are you studying?
Well i dont live that far from winchester! I live about 15 mins from alton…so not to far
Im studying law at exeter uni and it is really good…im absolutely loving it!
As for the Africa thing im really interested in that too. I have a friend who did the conservation side of things and loved it! Another thing to go on my list of places to go!
take care…happy packing
Goodness this is so weird, a little SouthEast Hants reunion going on here! I had my driving test in Winchester (consequently I have never been back), and I (well my parents) live about 30 mins from Alton!
Ha ha ha, my parents live about 10/15 mins from Alton and I also took my driving test in Winchester. Anyone else going to join the south east hants party we got going on here?!
I had been wondering what was wrong with “SouthEast Hants” for a while, andit’s only just occured to me… we’re all talking about NorthEast Hants! I do know where I have lived for the past 17 years, really I do! And just to prove I’m not a faker:
The Farnham-Alton rivalry
The puny cinema in Alton, also a bingo hall (or is that next door?)
The fact that there is nothing to do in Alton unless you like model railways, New Look or Sainsbury’s.
A very good point and spectacularly made!! You can eat in Alton - Raymond does a very good Chinese :razz:
Personally I enjoy the weird two mini-roundabouts fest that they’ve placed right by the railway bridge, just for ultimate confusion, much flashing of headlamps and the occasional lesser-heard tooting of horns. And then of course there’s the Alton Pikey brigade…much like those of many towns/cities in England, but with a bigger penchant for Ford Escorts.
My fave mini roundabout of Alton has to be the one you have to go round to exit the library car park (you know, the one where to get to the highstreet you have to walk through the pizza place - how random to have a right of way through a restaurant! the roundabout - its so stupidly placed that in order to turn right to get back onto the highstreet you have to drive over the middle anyway. Was there actually any need for one or did some road workers have some spare white paint?
And - Alton having a one way system and cycle paths that go nowhere. :lol:
Have a good time in Thailand!
hey lizzie maguire! :wink:
Did you get there alright?