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Busy in Blogsville

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I’ve been busy in the land of blogsville since I got back off holiday, mainly to compensate for the two weeks I’ve missed. I’ve posted a couple of reviews in my reviews blog (there’ll be many more to come) and I’ve posted a couple of photo’s in my creative blog. Due to receiving no response from the e-zine that I sent my poem into a few months back; I thought I might as well add that to my creative blog a little later. I’ve also been checking out some blogger’s photography posts on here, many quite impressive. I think the simplest things make the biggest impact.

Whilst on holiday I’ve been inspired to do something different with my life, I’m not too sure what yet but the thought of returning to normality after experiencing some amazing sights and interesting excursions depresses me. I need more stimulation in my life. Maybe I’ll start that free-lance journalism course a little earlier than planned. After all it’s what interests me.

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Spain 2012

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Yesterday I arrived home from my two-week holiday in Salou in Spain. I had a fantastic time with 3 of my friends; Emma, Hayley and Mandy as we passed the time with many activities and good nights out but now I can honestly say I’m glad to be back home. There’s no way I could have stayed there any longer than two weeks. There were certain things that got right on my nerves such as many of the Spanish people who were just plain rude. I’m not saying that the majority of them are rude but many of the locals in Salou, Tarragona and Barcelona that I personally encountered were a little ignorant. They would just push passed you without saying anything or try to push you out of the way to get to various attractions. I know that the English may not be the most popular visitors to your country but manners cost nothing these days.

one of the other things that really annoyed me while in Salou were the club and pub promoters. The night-life was pumping and there are an array of different bars and night clubs to suit everyone’s tastes. We found a couple of places that soon became our regular haunts (Chaplin’s and Danny Boy) but due to competition, everywhere we went we got harassed by promoters trying to get us to go to their bars/clubs. Some even got a bit rude or aggressive when we wouldn’t take the flyers they were handing out. Our nights out always seemed to start out as a mission to avoid them. On one occasion, as we were walking past one quite quickly, he tried to put his arm around me and I moved it away abruptly telling him not to touch me. Physical contact shouldn’t be permitted. He didn’t know the reason why I didn’t want him to put his arm around me but at the time I had sunburn on my arms which was painful to the touch.You just don’t do things like that.

Anyway, that’s enough ranting… back to the good stuff. We managed to fit a lot of excursions into our two weeks starting with meeting the dolphins at Aquapolis in La Pineda. We went to the Theme park, Port Aventura on 3 occasions and rode on Shambhala which is the highest and longest rollercoaster in Europe. We also went on a Jeep safari through the mountains, swam with Sea Lions, and sailed on a Catamaran. One of the main highlights was House of Illusions where we watched some talented magicians, we were so impressed the fist time we ended up going back a second. I’ll be writing some reviews about venues and excursions when I get the chance.

 

Destined for Bigger Things!

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I’ve often had the feeling that I haven’t quite reached my ultimate goal in life. I have been in the same career (which I can’t name) for about 14/15 years. During that time I had a 2 year break and went back to full-time education. I decided that I wanted to be a zoo keeper so I completed an Animal Management course and obtained various and valuable experience in this field. But much to my horror, at the end of the course I went back to the career that I originally wanted to get away from just to have some money coming in and now after much thought I’m not even sure if zoo keeping was actually for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with animals and I know I’ve got what it takes to be a zoo keeper but the only thing that puts me off is working outside in all weathers. I have never been that great with extreme temperatures… I hate being too cold or too hot.

After more consideration I have now come to the conclusion that something I have continuously been interested in has been staring me in the face all along… writing! and now that I think back, it makes perfect sense. Back at school, which seems like a very distant memory I suggested putting a magazine together to distribute to pupils who may have been interested in reading it. I rallied a small team together only to be turned down by the head teacher so I decided not to pursue it. Several years ago I wrote a children’s story aimed at Toddlers, I sent some copies out to many publishers but all I got back was rejection letters so I gave up. Not to say that I wasn’t going to attempt it again in the future… that’s something that may also be in the pipe-line. And of course, there has been blog writing and through that I have discovered my passion for writing reviews and short articles although I don’t do it very often.

Last night I looked around on-line for a course that could possibly suit me. Distance learning would be ideal so I could still work and earn money. So I found the London School of Journalism. Their Freelance and Feature Writing course sounds suitable for what I want to do so I’m going to take time to think about it to make sure that’s what I really want to do. I have started a distance learning course before on Avian Studies but after completing the first unit I lost interest which isn’t the best thing to do when it’s costing you money. So if anyone out there reading this has any tips or information about studying with the London School of Journalism then please, by all means leave a comment, I need all the help I can get.