Hadrian’s Wall Walk West to East: 84(ish) miles in 5 Days

Our trip walking Hadrian’s Wall Path West to East in July 2016. 84+ miles in 5 days!

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The End

We went to bed early last night because we had a 5am wake up call this morning. A PhD student at Newcastle gave us a contact and through the friend of a friend, we had a trip planned to an organization called iRisee; 70km from Delhi in a rural farming community called Merwat. We woke…

Indian Hospitality

I let the pressure and frustration of cancelled meetings and unhelpful conversations get the best of me Monday evening, leading to an email to my advisors back in Newcastle asking for some new ideas. Luckily, they had some great suggestions and one connection gave us contact information for the owner of a low-cost private school…

Striking Out

Maybe yesterday had made us a little overly confident in our ability to talk our way into schools, because today we were a bit less successful on that front. We plotted out our scheme over breakfast, flagging a bunch of schools within walking distance to us that we were going to try and visit. Stop…

Pounding the Pavement

Today we woke up on a mission: visit schools…whatever it takes. We fuelled up on caffeine and hit the road. First stop: the government school around the corner from our hotel. I had wandered by it last week when I went for a walk and since it was so close we though it may be…

Maha Shivaratri

We arrived back from Varanasi late last night and couldn’t wait to get tucked back into our glorious Bloomroom’s beds. Having reached out to all of our contacts over the weekend, we were a bit disappointed and discouraged heading into Monday. None of the meetings we had hoped for had worked out. We made tentative…

City Spotlight: Varanasi, India

Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.

-Mark Twain

Fetal Position Friday

Two and a half weeks of life in India finally caught up with me on Friday. I woke up with waves of nausea that wiped me out. I can’t be totally sure, but I think the culprit for my pain was some bad water I drank which had been offered to me and I wrongly…

Make it Work

Finally made it to a budget private school in Old Delhi to interview the owner and manager of the school.

Making Plans & Changing Them

Today marks halfway through the second week. The rest of my classmates had a bit of a chill day since a meeting we all had planned for this afternoon got cancelled last minute. We were bummed, as we were supposed to be going to see the hole in the wall where Sugata Mitra’s experiments first started…

One School Down

Today was a huge success and relief for all of us I think. After the usual breakfast routine, we trekked out to Gurgaon. It takes about an hour on the metro and then it’s a short walk to the school. Throughout our trip, the administration, teachers, and students at Kunskopskolen have been very welcoming and…

Just Another Manic Monday

Dear sweet India, You have more people than I ever thought possible and your overuse of honking, while potentially necessary for avoiding accidents, is overwhelming me. Sincerely, Claustrophobic American Introvert — That is how my love letter to India would read right now. Seriously, there are people everywhere. All the time. 7am? People! 1pm? People!…