Friday, 31 May 2013

Bicycle Ride Practice.


Today my sister Georgina and I planned a 25 mile bicycle ride around the surrounding areas that we live.

Our 25 miles ended up to be 30.84 miles as we slightly misjudged the planning but this was good practice to test how far we could go. 

We will need to by cycling just over 50 miles for the three days we are cycling. (18th-20th June)

I can confidently say that Norfolk DOES have hills! We have decided that gradual hills are worse than steep hills as when you're at the top of a hill it usually ends up going down (stating the obvious!) whereas a gradual hill is just so painful. It gets slowly steeper and steeper then never really stops and never ends up going down again. It just eventually straightens out with no free-wheeling to recover!

If you would like to support our Sponsored Bicycle Ride and my 12 months teaching in Uganda any donations would be hugely appreciated by clicking on the link below.

Also a massive thank you to everybody who has supported me and donated so far. It is so lovely to know that people are interested and getting involved with my soon-to-be 12 months in Kyenjojo, West Uganda. 

It is only 92 days until I leave (date unconfirmed but I have been told the 1st September) which is very exciting yet at the same time I cannot believe how quickly it is approaching. Each day it is feeling more and more real!

Thursday, 30 May 2013



Sorry it has been a while since I have posted anything. I have now finished two of my A-Levels and am fitting in some last revision time for my Philosophy and Ethics exam next week, then I will have finished school forever...!

It has been 28 degrees in Kyenjojo, Uganda, today which makes me rather envious as it has been horrible weather at home!

I have recently got a new book on East Africa so after my exams I plan on reading through that thoroughly and in general, I will be doing a lot more research into Uganda as I only have a very basic knowledge on it at the moment. I think it is very important for me to get a strong understanding of Uganda's culture and history before I live there as it is a country that has had many hardships and I would like to feel I have made an effort to understand it all.

Also after my exams I need to drastically start practicing my guitar. It is a lovely guitar but has been neglected in the past months due to art deadlines and art college applications. So at the moment, if I was asked to play something, I would be a rather large embarrassment to myself and I plan on taking my guitar to Uganda so I need to improve... a lot! 

June is a bit of a busy month for me but I will try to keep this blog up-dated with information I learn about Uganda.

Also in June and fast approaching is my 160 mile bicycle ride with my sister Georgina. This is happening on the 18th-20th June. Tomorrow (weather depending...!) we will be doing a 25 mile practice as that would be half the miles we need to do in one day. 

If you would like to support my sponsored bicycle ride and my year in Uganda please contribute on my Virgin Money Giving Page. However big or small, all donations are greatly appreciated. 

I am now on £3,467 and my target is £5,400.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my 12 months teaching in Uganda so far!!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Old Wymondhamian Travel Award.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of introducing myself to the Old Wymondhamians and gave them an overview of what I will be doing in Uganda. It was especially good as I now know where I will be situated in Uganda and what my school will be like so I enjoyed sharing this information.

I also got presented the £750 cheque that I was awarded by the Old Wymondhamians. It was very cool having a large sized cheque to hold!

I feel very honoured to have won this award and to have the schools support behind me. I will of course make a big effort to keep them up to date with letters when I am in Uganda.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

My Project is in Kaihuira! West Uganda.

I have exciting information!!! Have a read of these!

So this is my project! I will be living and working in Kaihuira, at the Pink Primary School in the Kyenjojo District in West Uganda!

I do not know much about the area at the moment but I will be researching it a lot obviously. Then I will up-date and let you all know about it but I just wanted to let you all know what I know about my project so far. 

I hope it makes you as excited as I am feeling right now! I have been waiting since August for this!

Also, I am incredibly happy that Art will be a serious subject to teach as I was under the impression that it could only be an extra-curricular activity.

This news was very unexpected today. I knew I would hear soon but not today!

It is very motivational to be able to know specifically where I am going and makes this whole journey seem so real now. I will be training extra hard for my Sponsored Bicycle Ride now! Not long to go... 

Any support however big or small makes all the difference to my fundraising.