I am in love. With the Scottish Highlands. With Scotland in general tbh. I mean, beaches??? Mountains??? The ocean??? It’s so stunning. It’s also the place that I’ve happened to break down. Not me personally, but my van aka my home aka what is taking me round the entire UK coast on a tenner a day. Welcome ladies and gentlemen, poets and dreamers, rebels and revolutionaries, to the saga of Round The UK On A Day *peace out sign*
*casually uses photo of myself as a divider*
Well hello there guys. Guess who’s supposed to be on hiatus!? Howeverrrrr, even though I’m really really really busy with the challenge, the truth is that I’ve missed having the freedom to write my heart out SO much and although I haven’t been entirely absent from the blogosphere, I’ve missed you all. I’ve realised just how much I love blogging and just how much it means to me.
I also keep coming up with inspiration for posts to write which is kinda annoying when I haven’t had the time to write them haha. So I’ve decided to come back as *unofficially* as I went.
For now though, I’m going to give you a tiny lil update on how the challenge has been going so far and then the answers to all your questions from my last post (most of them are about the trip, but there’s some cracking random ones too haha). Ooooh and also you get to see me attempting unsuccessfully to be a model in ma dungarees. You’re welcome (ahaha that auto corrected to ‘you’re weird’ and it’s the most accurate thing)
Anyway, here goes the update.
Yep, we’ve broken down in the middle of the Scottish highlands (also commonly known as the middle of nowhere). I am currently sitting in the back of the van whilst a mechanic tinkers with the engine and hopefully we’ll be back on the road soon *crosses fingers* Otherwise, the trip is going amazingly. We are continuing to meet so many incredible people, experience and learn so many new things and be privileged enough to share some of the things people are doing to make a difference in their local communities.
I’m now going to stop rambling (haha you wish) and answer all your questions 🙂
What’s been your favorite song to listen to in the car on your trip?
Rubyyyyy, why must you make me choose?? We’ve actually not had a lot of wifi and what we do have is usually saved to update our social media with photos and videos about the trip and to keep in touch with family and friends. However, before I go on to list a million songs I love listening to when I get the chance, here are a few recent ones that I’ve learnt and loved –
-Call Me by Blondie
– Talkin Bout Revolution by Tracy Chapman
– Absolutely anything by Sleeping At Last, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Mat Kearney or Billie Eilish
– How To Save A Life by The Fray
(Let me know if you love any of these too!)
Favorite dish you’ve had?
Ahhh that’s such a difficult one. We stayed on a friend’s farm for a night and she cooked this pumpkin casserole thing and then I made ice cream (ok ok she made it – I stirred it) and that was amazingggg. We were also at this place in North East Scotland and everyone made us this traditional local fish soup and I’m not a huge fan of fish, but they went to so much effort to make it for us and it was actually prettyy good *double thumbs up*
Do you and your family have a plan for where you travel throughout the UK or is it thought of as you go along?
The plan is to stick as close to the coast as possible and since we have £5 a day for fuel we can do about 30 miles a day, but we’re pretty flexible with our planning to say the least lol 🙂
Is there a place you’re looking forward to traveling to especially and if you had to go back to one place you’ve already been to what would you choose?
Ahhhh, I am so looking forward to this next part of the coast (the West coast of Scotland) because it’s SO beautiful and I have lots of friends who live there who I’m really really looking forward to seeing. And if I had to go back to one place I would choose either some of the little towns on the East coast of Scotland that had such a bad reputation for poverty and drugs, but were so welcoming to us and had such a strong sense of community spirit or I’d go back to Hull – which is where CatZero (the charity we’re raising money for) is based and also I freaking love that city.
are your siblings annoying?
Ummm, that’s actually kind of a hard one. Due to the way we’ve been raised, the emphasis our parents put on our relationships and that we’ve grown up living in small spaces (fun fact: I haven’t lived in what most people would consider a ‘proper house’ since I was 5) my siblings and I have always been pretty close. Saying that though, our van is pretty tiny and my brother is pretty crazy…..enough said lol…..
What’s been your coolest experience on the trip so far?
When we first started the challenge we got to go sailing with CatZero (the charity) and experience first-hand some of the ways they’ve transformed people’s lives. They are so inspiring to me and I believe in what they’re doing with every little piece of my heart and sailing is my passion so yeah all that was pretty cool.
Then there was this time that we went to this fitness club. It was run by a guy who used to be an alcoholic, but he’d turned his life around and wanted to help others do the same. He was passionate about fitness and so he started a club where he brings people from all ages across the community to get fit and support one and other. It was absolutely awesome! So much fun, such a great atmosphere and such a sense of community spirit. It’s actually changed people’s lives and continues to do so today and I LOVED IT.
what’s been your biggest challenge so far?
There’s been quite a few. The van (that we call Mo) has had lots of mechanical issues which has been a liiiiiittle bit of a problem, there’s been people who’ve criticised us without truly understanding what we’re doing or why, we’ve struggled to know how to explain ourselves to others and put our motivation into words because it goes so much deeper than anything we can say and so on.
For me personally though, the challenges have been the amount of stress learning how to use social media and keeping it up all the time has put on me and also struggling to come to terms with asking other people for help. It’s something that goes against everything within me, but I’ve come to realise that people are more than happy to give and that your time, attention and enthusiasm are sometimes more than enough to give in return. And these two challenges are what I have learnt the most from so I’m grateful for them.
How do you stay motivated on the road?
I FREAKING LOVE THIS QUESTION. It means I get to talk about some of the things and people I love more than anything so yayyy!
Firstly, CatZero. They are an incredible charity transforming people’s lives and I want to be a part of that so much. They are hope in such a dark world, they are changing lives every day, they are saving lives and that is truly something I’d give everything to support.
Secondly, my generation. Someone wise once told me that when things get tough you gotta remember why you’re doing it and it’s because of the young people in my life and whose stories I have heard that I do this. I’ve always been the sort of person who feels others’ pain as if it is her own and that’s hard, but it’s also hugely motivating.
Thirdly, my family and my friends. My family because they are in this with me and they don’t give up either. My friends because they make me laugh every single day, they don’t mind when I rant to them, they love me at my best and my worst and because after the longest day, I can call them or text them and let my hair down and be myself and be crazy and everything is good.
Ruby, Bri, Aqsa and Liv, you are all amazing and I love you. Hannah (you might know her as Gayle) and Adria, no idea how I came to deserve such besties, I love you and you mean the world to me.
Then there’s you lot, the irl friends who may or may not be reading this haha. Since you don’t want your name plastered all over the internet, I’m just gonna say thank you and I love you and yup you still have to put up with me.
K, sentimental rant over, people. I’ve stopped crying now.
Where’s the best place you have visited so far?
I guess I kinda answered this when I said where I’d go back to, but other than those….all the beaches!! The beaches have been amazing all along the coast so definitely them.
How have you managed with food along the way?
We have £5 a day for food and we’ve been managing pretty well! We eat a lot of pasta, rice, potatoes and stuff like that lol, but people have also been so kind and generous and when they’ve heard about our challenge, they’ve invited us for dinner or brought us a bag of shopping 🙂
Now for some awesomely random questions!
The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, Are We All Lemmings And Snowflakes by Holly Bourne, the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore, The Order Of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory and the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. Can you tell I’ve done that before haha?
How long have you been in the blogosphere?
Since I was eleven/nearly twelve so four years 🙂
Blue hearts or red hearts? 💙❤
This could actually be the hardest question I’ve been asked so far ahaha. I love blue hearts and I use them more, but then red hearts are kinda better to send to people you’re really close to?? So idk?? Also blue and red are my two fav colours. Blue because duh the ocean and sailing. Red because REVOLUTION.
Pineapples on pizza?
They’re okay. Not massively opinionated on this one. Saying that though, have you had pineapple in stir fry?? That is absolutely da best.
And that’s it guys! Thank you so much for reading and for all of those! If you have any more please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments. Ooh also, I’m going to be on Radio 2 on Sunday morning at around 7:20am so if you’re up that early (don’t blame you if you’re not haha) then be sure to listen in…..
SO how are you???? How’s life been?? What’s exciting in your world?