Training Update – Late October

I had an absolutely lovely day out on horseback with my friend Regan at a gorgeous stable called Cotswolds Riding at Jill Carenza Equestrian near the village of Stanton at the northern end of the Cotswolds. The scenery was spectacular, and we hacked through some lovely moorland and up to some gorgeous views across rolling... Continue Reading →

Helen Sharman at Aerospace Bristol

When I heard that Aerospace Bristol would be holding a Family Space Day on Monday 25th October, with Helen Sharman, the UK's first astronaut, giving a talk under the wings of concorde, I immediately booked a ticket. It was clearly a day aimed at kids and was at the beginning of half term, so any... Continue Reading →

Training update – Early October

First stop for my preparations for the icy Cairngorms expedition was to see my physiotherapist, Gemma, who had helped me with some ankle rehab in 2020. I hadn't mentioned, but I sprained my ankle pretty badly on a run one day without much warning, my ankle just felt tight for a minute and then.. "ping".... Continue Reading →

…And the next challenge

So. Home safe in England, but still buzzing from my first trip out of the UK in 2 years, I started to get itchy feet. I reached out to one of the most adventurous people I know, Katie Comer, tour guide for Dragoman overland adventures all over the world, who led my journey through Uzbekistan... Continue Reading →

ESA Astronaut selection day

My Hamburg astronaut selection day arrived. I bumped into some of the candidates in the hotel lobby and we introduced ourselves and then walked the 10 minutes to the test centre, not knowing what to expect. We arrived at the facility which is used by the German Air Force, which also hosts this initial round... Continue Reading →

The next chapter begins!!

I've got some exciting news! I submitted an application to become an Astronaut with the European Space Agency and I made it through the initial application sift! Back in around February, the official timeline was released for the European Space Agency to once again invite applications from across Europe for 6 people to join the... Continue Reading →

Coming soon…. the next chapter!!!

Join me on this exciting new adventure as I take you along with me in my application to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency!! In preparation, and to make sure I put some real effort into training, I also signed up to take part in a CRAZY expedition across the Cairngorms in the... Continue Reading →

119 Hours in Shanghai

Back to Mainland China! I've not been here since my incredible trip from Moscow to Beijing and the Great Wall back in...I was applying for a visa-free visit or up to 144 hours and had to show four or five people the onward flight information and then I was issued a transit visa. It went... Continue Reading →

High Rollin’ in Macau

Macau is really amazing and it's so different from Hong Kong and China. Kat and I spent three days here at the end of our travels together. Until next time Kat! The place is small and it's easy to get around by bus which cost 6 MOP/HKD (£0.60) per journey. The only thing to watch... Continue Reading →

New Year in Hong Kong

Kat and I arrived in Hong Kong and found that the public transport is super easy. I paid 200$HK (£20) for an Octopus card, of which £15 was credit and the rest is a refundable deposit. The metro and lots of shops accept Octopus as payment so it's handy.Our bags had been delayed as we... Continue Reading →

Around Almaty – the excursions

In the morning we drove in Zhanar's 4x4 up to Big Almaty Lake. I'm not sure there's anything scarier than a nervous driver so the ride over the pass was quite nerve-wracking but we made it! We arrived at the lake in a light snow shower and everything was pure white, even the lake which... Continue Reading →

Christmas in Kazakhstan

I'm so excited to be in Kazakhstan! I arrived late last night, was met at the airport by Zhanar, my guide, and she drove me to the guesthouse and I went straight to bed as it was around midnight by the time I was settled in. Zhanar was shocked by my attire as I emerged... Continue Reading →

Diving with Giants at Donsol

After another delayed flight with Philippine Airlines (I think they misplaced a plane) I arrived in Legaspi and reached the transport terminal to find a UV Express van service to Donsol. We left at 4pm. It's a good day to travel because the weather is overcast and miserable. I am staying at Woodlands Resort and... Continue Reading →

My limited experience of Cebu

I don't really think it's fair to use a country's driving as a measure of whether you like a culture or not but sometimes I really do struggle with the way Filipinos operate. The Jeepneys are awesome. But the traffic and the decisions people make when they drive are insane. There is utterly no obligation... Continue Reading →

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