Yanelle Cruz Bonilla talks about her fondness for travel playlists and their power to let you relive past trips. For her, in particular, they let her relive her year abroad in Madrid.
George Hancock reminisces on his journey down the Camino de Santiago over the summer, and vividly describes the various pitstops along the way.
When asking these boomerang gap yah students if they regretted taking a gap year, not one of them said yes. Although it was stressful coming back, being repatriated and not having anything to do during lockdown, even the concept of just taking time to themselves taught them in some ways a lot more than a tour guide in Italy ever could.
In the third instalment of the travelling in a pandemic series, Lizzie Harvey discusses her experiences travelling abroad last summer, and whether it was worth it.
One of the positive aspects of working remotely is that I can choose my location – if I don’t have any meetings in the afternoon, I quite often bring my things with me to one of the local cafés and sit down with an espresso and a Duquesa, a local pastry made with ricotta cheese.
I refuse to see this as a lost or wasted year. I have been given an unparalleled opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, to absorb Italy into my blood and become italiana for the year. And yes, it may be a real struggle, and there may be days when I think it would just be easier to pack my bags and go home, but I am learning and growing so much that to leave now would mean that the six months of stress, tears, and painstaking organisation that brought me here would have been for nothing.
Ben Owen reminisces on his summer travels during the pandemic and the lessons he takes away from them.
Lynnrae Majani talks about her experiences travelling when the Coronavirus pandemic hit, and her top tips for travelling safe in the current climate.
Nora Baker reminisces on her staycation to Inis Bofin, an island off the coast of Ireland, and what life would be like in such a small, tucked away place.
“Winchester Cathedral’s grounds are also transformed, like the rest of the city, into a venue for different street performers and hat vendors every summer for the Hat Fair: a very odd weekend festival celebrating the city’s artistic quirkiness.”