//Where have I been recently? All over the place apparently!//

A while ago I said I wanted to do more adventuring over the next few months and spend more time outdoors. I’m glad to say since writing this post in February, I have actually achieved this and managed to do a lot of exploring over the past few months. Spending time outdoors is such a great way to relax during exam season, so I thought I’d share with you where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to lately.

Right, it’s going to be hard to remember everywhere I’ve been and it what order, but I shall try my best!

I think the first adventure I had was going to Portsmouth by train to visit my sister at uni. I had to get up at 6:30 to get the train at 7:30, and the journey was nearly 4 hours in total. I was travelling with my mum so it wasn’t really bad but still long legs + train seating = achey legs + awkward kicking of strangers feet under the table!!

When we got there we met my sister then went to a nearby supermarket to buy dinner (ended up going to a different supermarket afterwards because we couldn’t find what we wanted 😂) then took the food back to her flat and sat in her room chatting for a bit. It was really nice to be back in her room because the last time I was there was the day we dropped her off in September, and that was stressful and sad so we couldn’t really enjoy it as much. But this time it was great to be back at her uni and see her enjoying herself. 

(Look at me loving the University of Portsmouth snapchat geo tags 😂😂)

We also went to Costa for a drink as you do, before heading off to the Museum of Portsmouth which was actually really good – it had a whole Sherlock Holmes exhibition because fun fact: the character Sherlock was born in Portsmouth 😉 It also had a a retro games room where you could play old video games which is fun! Plus the building itself was pretty nice-looking and we ate lunch sat in the gardens.

The museum of Portsmouth

After visiting the museum, we walked around the high street and visited Primark to do some shopping (bc why not??). 

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I always forget what this building is called, but it’s v pretty!

Then we went back to the flat to have dinner and said our good-byes at the train station at about 5:30-ish. It was a really lovely day, although due to the length of time we spent travelling, we didn’t actually spend much time in Portsmouth. But the good thing about travelling by train is seeing the countryside as you go through different stations – going through Bath Spa station was really nice as it’s right in the heart of the city and I’d never actually been to Bath before, also we could see Southampton port from the train which was quite cool!

Departure board at Portsmouth & Southsea station

The next adventure I went on was to Bristol with my friends to go shopping in Primark (apparently Bristol has the UK’s biggest Primark!?? I’m not entirely sure but it certainly is huge with four floors and loads of escalators (yayy)). Then two days after that – Friday 31st March – I went back to Portsmouth again!

This time we went in the car as we had to pick my sister up from uni for Easter break. The journey was just under 3 hours but I had so much homework I had to take my geography maths homework with me and spent the journey trying to do student t-tests by hand (each part of the question took like half an hour arghh).

Once we’d picked my sister up and put her stuff from her flat in the car, we drove to the historic dockyard in Portsmouth as my dad had managed to get a really good deal on annual tickets. When went on a boat tour around the dockyard, Portsmouth harbour in general and Gunwharf Quays which is a fancy shopping centre where the famous Spinnaker tower is located. It was quite nice even though I’m not the biggest fan of boats! We also went on board the HMS Warrior and went round various exhibitions which were very interesting.

*glares at police boat that sped across the harbour with it’s sirens blaring creating waves that made our boat bob up and down loads like a rollercoaster*

HMS Victory from the tour boat

This is where it gets a bit confusing – basically, I went to four cities in the space of a week, including this trip to Portsmouth. The Tuesday after this, I went to Bath for a UCAS convention with college which was very useful although my shoulders were aching from carrying round all the prospectuses! Before we left for Bath, I had a free lesson so decided to embark on the 20 mins walk to the beach near my college, although I only stated there for about 10 mins as there was a dog chasing me/barking at me and I’m still getting over my fear of dogs so decided to head back, but the views were still nice! 

Remember this hill, it will be important for future reference!!

Then the day after that, Wednesday, I went back to Bristol with my sister to Primark again as the previous week I hadn’t bought anything but had seen various things I liked and my sister needed clothes too so we went back together.

Then the next day, I went to Cardiff on a geography field trip. The trip was honestly great – firstly we actually managed to collect all the data for the trip in the time frame allowed, the weather was really sunny and hot, we had an hour for lunch (in which my friend bought us all fab lollies, me and another friend got offered a boat trip by a man with a loud hailer, we attempted to take selfies and we saw armed police men patrolling the bay which was NOT worrying at all) and we got a tour of the Senedd which is the Welsh assembly building. Ooh we also saw the BBC Cardiff studios where Doctor Who is filmed and walked right past the Doctor Who Experience on our way to the barrage. The only bad thing was it was soo sunny pretty much everyone got sunburnt as it wasn’t sunny at home so we didn’t think to put sun cream on. My nose and forehead got really badly burnt and it’s still painful now over a week later!

Cardiff Bay
That long building in the distance is the BBC Wales studios
We had to take photos of certain things as part of the field work, so i took this one of the barrage because we had to, but I didn’t realise the massive Olympic rings on the floor until just now 😂😂

So that week was very busy for me, as well as being the last week of term! Then last weekend the weather was really hot and sunny – I wore shorts and t-shirt pretty much the whole weekend! On the Saturday, I went to the beach nearest where I live for a morning walk then on the Sunday I went on a 7 miles hike with my mum through the countryside.

Then throughout the week I’ve been going out on my bike a lot around the local area and countryside which has been great!

And finally to conclude such a long post, I went to that hill on Saturday, which involved climbing over 100 very steep steps and walking up a steep hill to the WW1 fort at the end. The views from the top were great, as I could so the beach which is near my college, but also a lot further down the coast and even Wales!

So I think it’s safe to say I’ve managed to get out and about a lot more the past few months! Have you been on any adventures recently?

//Little adventures//

The other day I actually managed to do something I’ve been wanting to for ages – go on an adventure. Well, it was only a small adventure, because I didn’t venture that far a field but nonetheless I managed to do some exploring. 

On Friday I decided to spend my day off college outdoors as it was actually sunny for once and I needed a break from studying. I woke up early (8:30 ish, but that’s early for me!) then walked to the local highstreet which is almost a mile from my house and visited the bank and the library and did a bit of shopping. Then I took the bus from the highstreet into town where I got distracted and did some more shopping oops 😂 

After I’d walked round the shops for a bit, I made my way to the beach and walked all the way along the main beach of the town to the next beach. It was a long, tiring walk because sand really kills your hips if you walk on it for ages! Plus it was still quite windy because of storm Doris. But spending time in the sun made up for it! Just to be outdoors under the blue sky and winter/spring sun was so peaceful and uplifting.  

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Once I’d reached the other beach, I walked round the little village there – it’s so pretty in comparison to my town with all the old houses and cottages and river running alongside the pavement. Even the shops and pubs were really picturesque!

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Bridge and river in the village

I knew that the village was not far from my college, so I had a quick look on Google maps and memorised directions for how to get from the village to college, which surprisingly wasn’t that difficult considering I have no sense of direction and am terrible at finding my way round places! I think the fact that my phone was almost dead because I stupidly forgot to charge it before hand made me focus more on remembering the directions so I didn’t get lost.

Can’t always rely on google maps though, it thought I was in Wales at one point!

Another thing that surprised me was that it only took about 15 minutes to walk from the village by the beach to college, which is great really because when the weather gets a bit warmer, I could go down to the beach after college or during lunch some days! 

After getting a drink from college, I got the bus back home. My legs were aching a lot when I got home and still hurt a bit now, but I’m glad I did some exploring instead of just spending the whole day at home studying! I’d love to explore further a field some day, but that would require a lot more learning of directions and planning 😂

//The world, c’est extraordinaire!//

Do you ever just think of the world around you, of the people living, breathing, thriving, on the many continents of the earth and the sounds and sights and smells they are experiencing, and just be in awe of everything? Of how everything came to be and how much there is out there that you have not yet seen, or may never see? Or when you look at the sky and your gaze travels for miles and miles, seeing sky that stretches over other segments of the earth and adorns world’s viewed by different eyes, do you feel the rush to run and explore and see? 

It’s the pull of adventure and exploration. It’s hard to put into words – I could write a thousand and still not do justice to it – but when you feel it, you feel it. It makes me feel alive and free, as if anything is possible. And it is – there’s a whole world of possibility waiting at our fingertips. This world is extraordinary.

And it’s waiting for us to explore it.

Today I went to my old scout hut – I haven’t been back since I left in September. I grew up there and have many amazing memories of the place and the adventures that scouting brought me, and however stupid it sounds, the very smell of the building and the feeling of the floor under my feet reignited all those years of memories and the yearning to explore. The urge to just

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And leap into the unknown was almost overpowering.

I know that wherever I travel on this earth,the spruit if adventure will always be with me. It’s part of me; it runs through my veins, drawing me to the world like a gravitational pull. And maybe I’ll never find somewhere where I belong, because I belong to the world and the world is my home, and the home of the billions of other people on my planet. I can’t be tethered to one place for too long, I need to fly and soar and explore. But that’s okay because no matter where I go or who I become or what I do in life, deep down, I’ll always be me.

//It’s November!!!//

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been blogging regularly for the past few months so I thought I’d just take some time to fill you in on what I’ve been up to (sounds so exciting…it’s really not lol) and what my plans for November are. 🙂

Okay, so, September and October have been very busy months for me, what with starting college and a-levels so I’ll just run you through what’s I’ve done over the past few months.

  • Started college – as I mentioned, I’ve just finished my first term and college and it has gone SO quickly. It took a while for me to get used to getting the bus everyday, going to a new place, meeting new people and being in a different environment but now I have got used to it, it’s great! I still dread going to college every Monday but that’s just because I know I’ll have a long day ahead of me and will have to work really hard to keep up (having to wake up at 6:30 am probably doesn’t help). Once I’m actually at college though, it’s not so bad. I enjoy my lessons and although I don’t get on with everyone in my classes, I have made a couple of new friends so that’s better than I expected. I could never go back to school though. Everything at college is just so…relaxed?? Idk I mean the workload is way more stressful than at school and you are expected to do everything yourself, but it is kind of nice to have more responsibility and not have to wear a school uniform.
  • School awards evening – at the beginning of October I went to a fancy awards evening for my secondary school where I received an award for academic excellence. The actual evening was okay, although I didn’t manage to speak to many of my old teachers but that doesn’t bother me too much.
  • Started drinking hot drinks (more regularly) – I’ve never really liked hot drinks, not even hot chocolate, mainly because I don’t like milk. Recently though I’ve been trying to get into drinking hot drinks more and just trying a wider variety to try to find something that I like. I went to a coffee shop with my grandma over the summer and tried a latte for the first time but I think it’s safe to say I’m just not a coffee person (it’s way too bitter). In September (I think??) before my sister went off to uni, she decided to have a hot chocolate after we came home from an evening walk so I tried one too and somewhat liked it?? Then I tried tea recently but wasn’t too keen on that, it wasn’t sweet enough, so I bought some lemon and ginger tea and I *think* I like that (I’ve only tried it twice though). Then a few weekends ago I went to a cafe with my family and had a lovely hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows which was nice. SO yeah, dunno why you’d want to hear about my adventures in trying hot drinks but there we go!
  • Tests – I’ve had end of term tests in all of my subjects now and they didn’t go too badly (I hope). I haven’t got all the results back yet but I should do by the end of this week EEEEKkk.
  • Half term! – then last week was half term meaning I had a week off of college to catch up on all the work I’d been too lazy to do during term time  relax. I managed to be a lot more social (??) than usual; I had a board games + pizza + mini-rave thing (?????) evening at a friends house on the Monday, then on the Tuesday I went to Laser Quest with a different group of friends (let’s not mention how awful me and my friend were in the pairs game) and then on the Wednesday I went to another friends house with the same group of friends as on the Monday for an Indian takeaway + movie + board games night (we just like board game k…and food lol).
  • Read The Girl On The Train – I don’t often tell you guys what I’m reading but yeah over the past few weeks I read The Girl On The Train which was v v good but also v tense and creepy at times. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to read it because, not going to lie, the ~mystery~ aspect of the book was scaring me a little and making me anxious as to what would happen but I’m glad I managed to plough through it!
  • Got Fantastic Beasts tickets!!!!!!!!!! – I AM SO EXCITED I CAN’T WAIT, 16 DAYSSSS AHHHHHHHHHH. SO yeah me and my friend decided we want to go and see the midnight screening of Fantastic Beast and Where To Find them IN 3D (can you imagine Eddie Redmayne’s face in 3d ahhhhh).

So basically what I’ve been up to over the past few months!!

November is already looking like it’s going to be a busy month too but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless! Here’s what I’m hoping to get up to (in case I end up hibernating and don’t write another post for ages):

  • NaNoWriMo – I like, last minute decided I wanted to do NaNo again this year. I haven’t even got a proper plan, I’m just sort of making my novel up as I go along. I don’t think I’m going to be able to reach 50k, although I will try my best! Last year I managed to write 43,000 words so I didn’t ‘win’ NaNo. If I can’t get to 50k this, year I’m going to keep trying until I can finish it. I was so close last year, which was annoying, but towards the end of November I went to a concert which meant getting in the car straight after school to get to said concert then coming back after midnight, sleeping mot of the next day (which happened to be my birthday) and that left me about 2 days to try to write 7000 words (which was never going to happen let’s be honest). If you’re also doing NaNo, let me know and we can add eachother as writing buddies 🙂
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS – as mentioned above, I am going to see Fantastic Beasts on 18/11.
  • My birthday – I turn 17 in a few weeks eeeeeeeek.
  • Carry on drowning in a-level work (nothing more needs to be said).
  • Do some exploring??? – I’m not sure WHERE exactly, but since I only go to college 3 days a week, I have two ‘days off’ (I end up working from 10am-5pm anyway – THERE IS NO BREAK FROM A-LEVEL WORK) where my bus pass is still valid. I can actually travel quite far with my bus pass – all around my county and into the bordering counties – so at some point I want to make the most of that and just go somewhere new for the day. The only problem is, none of my friends have their ‘days off’ on the same day as me so I’d have to go exploring by myself *cries*. I was thinking of going out today actually, but I had lots of work to do and I want to make sure I can keep on track for NaNo as much as possible.
  • Remembrance Day Parade – for the past 8 years, I’ve been part of my town’s Remembrance Day Parade on Remembrance Sunday. However, since I’ve now left Scouts, I can no longer take part. I’m actually quite excited to not take part though, because that means I get to watch the parade go by and see the service in the park from a different perspective.

I think that’s about it for this month, but I may end up doing more (or less) exciting things.

What are you looking forward to this month? What have you been up to over the past few months? I’d love to know! I miss talking to you guys and reading your blogs. Hope you’re all okay! 🙂

Update: After writing this I went for a walk and took some pictures of the sunset!

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//Adventuring through Cornwall//

So last week I went camping in Cornwall (hence my absence from blogging, as well as the fact that I’m lacking in inspiration at the moment, especially with the current state of British politics draining all of my energy and positivity). It was a lovely camping trip and we visited lots of beautiful places: Mullion Cove, Coverack, Helford, Glendurgan beach and gradens, Kynance Cove, Lizard Point, Porthleven and Fowey. We were staying on The Lizard Peninsula near Lizard Point which is basically the most southerly point in the UK. The weather was lovely and warm most of the time, except from a bit of rain during the night but that didn’t bother me!

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Lizard Point

Glendurgan, Porthleven and Fowey were all extrememly beautiful but I didn’t have my camera with me when we went there so couldn’t take any photos (however I WILL get some form google to show you because you MUST see their beauty too)!

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Durgan beach
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Porthleven Harbour
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Fowey

 

I hadn’t really spent much time in Cornwall before – I went back in 2012 but it was a bit rainy and we didn’t visit as many places as we did this time. I do definitely want to go back to Cornwall like RIGHT now because the scenery is so lovely and the beaches actually have BLUE water!!?!?! Unlike here in Somerset where we are in a river estuary.

What I loved about Cornwall was that it’s beauty is almost hidden. Like, we’d pull up somewhere in a car and I’d be thinking ‘this just looks like your average car park in a field in the middle of nowhere’ but then we’d get out, walk over a hill or a long a winding path or through a village and BAM – the most beautiful scenery you could have ever imagined was right in front of you. It was so peaceful and serene and a much needed break from reality and what’s going on in the world around us. For once I didn’t have to deal with waking up to hear the next disaster in the news every day and felt somewhat free without my phone and wifi. It is nice to be back though now and catch up with my internet friends, who I missed terribly.

Whilst I was on holiday, I DID take my old, broken camera and do a lot of filming for YouTube (even though I had to discard some videos that had a lot of a ‘pink tinge’ as my camera does weird things like that)  and after a few days f editing – here is the finished video!

I’ve also uploaded two more videos on my channel recently, one of an air show I went to and one of the Catfish and the Bottlemen concert I went to so if you want to watch them you can find them on my channel or alternatively go to my YouTube page.

Since I’ve got back form my holiday I’ve been rather lazy – I did go to the beach yesterday though and today I went back into town to buy some things for swap boxes I’ll be doing over the summer with some of my blogger friends. Tomorrow I’m going for a college taster day and I’m *hoping* they won’t give us work to do over the summer in preparation for September! Hope you are all having a lovely summer/winter (for my southern hemisphere friends).

//Just another lost teen//

 

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When I came to the decision to start a new blog, I instantly thought of the name ‘Adventures of a Lost Teen’. I don’t know what it was about that blog name that stood out to me, and drew more towards it, but it just popped into my brain and I decided I liked it.

It has taken me nearly two months to decipher why this blog name appeals to me so much which is bad I know but my brain has been focusing on other things lately (exams – I’m looking at you here!). But now I have realised so I guess that is all the matters.

I am just one of many, many teenagers on the planet. Just a tiny speck in relation to humanity as a whole, drifting along like a speck of dust in the breeze. I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t know which way to turn. We are all ‘lost’ until we are found, at least that’s what I belive anyway. I don’t mean ‘found’ in the romantic way that you fell complete when you find your soulmate (like me and Herman for example), but as in you have ‘found’ your place in the world, your niche, your purpose.

And until we are ‘found’, we just drift around, switching between pathways until we find the one which suits us. We take opportunities that are given to us, we take risks, we dive blind in to the unknown in order to find our place.

I – and am sure many teens will agree with me here – have definitely not been ‘found’ yet. Yes, I know what I want to do with my future in terms of education and careers, but in terms of being me and being human, I am still trying to work out how I fit into this jigsaw puzzle of a society, and I’m sure I will be for years to come.

One thing I know for certain, though, is that being a lost teenager is not a bad thing, I mean, we can’t be found unpess we were lost in the first place, right?

So that is why my blog is called ‘Adventures of a Lost Teen’ because on the long road to being ‘found’ we have many, many adventures – all of which play a significant role in shaping who we are and who we become.

So, even though I am ‘lost’, I am not alone and I am not sad about it, and neither should you be. We are all just lost teens finding our feet, walking together, until we are found.

P.S I got Instagram!! Yay! My username is Em_is_lost99 so feel free to go follow if you like! Also I kinda persuaded my parents to let me do the Diamond DofE challenge (after a rather tense arguement) so more news on that soon hopefully. Hope you had an awesome weekend! 🙂

//Can I do this?//

 

So a few days ago I discovered that this year marks the 60th (diamond) anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To celebrate this anniversary the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) charity are giving everyone of every age around the world the opportunity to earn the DofE Diamond award which is a limited edition award just for this year.

Immediately – being an adventure addict and all – this caught my eye. Last year I was given the opportunity to do the DofE Bronze Award at school. I filled out all the forms and handed them in but at the last moment I dropped out. Why, you may ask? Because I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I was capable of completing it and I didn’t want to waste my parents money.

So, when I heard about the DofE Diamond award, I knew this was my second chance – and maybe past chance – to prove myself wrong and achieve what I thought I couldn’t.

I’m itching to complete this award and am setting myself the challenge of hiking up Snowdon (a mountain in Wales,  the largest in the UK excluding the Scottish Highlands) in the summer and navigating with only a map and compass. I’m also thinking about renewing my Scout promise in 5 different languages when I reach the top too.

But, the thing is, my parents don’t think I can do it. They have no doubts I will be able to walk up the mountain but the other requirement to complete the DofE Diamond award is to raise £60 for the DofE charity – £1 for every year DofE has given young people the opportunity to get outdoors, achieve more than they ever thought they could achieve and learn skills for life. The money raised will go straight to the charity to help disadvantaged young people participate in the DofE award and give them the opportunity of a lifetime.

This cause is really important to me. Even though I haven’t benefited from the DofE charity, I have benefited from outdoor experiences that have helped me grow and develop as a person through my 8 years in Scouting which is also a charity. I really want to help other young people experienced what I have experienced so I think doing the DofE Diamond challenge and challenging myself to beat my expectations of myself would be a great thing to do.

But my parents? Well, they don’t believe I can raise £60. They seemed keen about the idea until I told them about the fundraising part and then they started saying ‘oh well you can still walk up Snowdon without doing the Diamond DofE award’ and (my least favourite reason ever which my parents seem to use often) ‘there will be other opportunities’.

No. There won’t be other opportunities. It will only be the 60th Anniversary of DofE for this year. I won’t ever get another opportunity to do a DofE award.

I’m fed up on missing out on opportunities because of money related issues or because my dreams simply aren’t ‘possible’. Life’s too short to say ‘there will be other opportunities’. It’s about living in the present and making a difference. At least that’s what I believe anyway.

So, here is the dilemma.  I desperately want to do this, to help other young people, but that means going against my parents to try to prove them wrong. But, what if I can’t do this? What if I can’t prove them wrong? What if I can’t raise enough money to complete the award and help young people in need? What if I can’t prove my parents wrong?

Can I do this? I don’t know, but I sure want to try.

All I know for sure is that if I do decide to take on this challenge, I’ll need all the support I can get to raise as much money as possible and make a difference to the world and change lives.