After a whole week being away at Sunny Spain, I have finally settled back into university life. It has been an adventurous and active week with a lot of scenery. If you’re wondering, why I went to Spain? It is part of a second year module called “Geographical Research Design (Overseas Field course)” where we go to Spain to carry out numerous field work activities followed up with written reports and group work. Later on in second semester we will propose our dissertation idea which I’m looking forward to.
To spice up our field trip, the lecturers decided to involve Harry Potter teams. To win points, we had to answer questions and input our views about the landscape as well. The sorting hat (my lecturer), sorted me into Gryffindor. After a whole week battling it out to win, Gryffindor came on top and won the crown, actually it was a key-ring!
Everyday without fail, I went to the beach and bathed my feet in the sandy water. It was a nice treat to have the beach at the doorstep of the hotel. It was a different view from seeing the city centre everyday to seeing the beach. I have to admit this trip was more than just an educational field trip but, it meant you were able to spend more time with peers on your course. Thus learning more about each and meeting new people. The hotel itself was very modern and there were events everyday such as dancing or bingo.
I flew off on the 18th February 2017 from Midlands Airport which, in my opinion has a different environment from the standard Heathrow or Gatwick airport. It was really small compared to them but, it did have good a duty free place and food places like Frankie and Benny’s. The flight was 2hours long and in that duration of time, I played cards with my friends like Black Jack. I’m really bad at this game so, I kept on losing! Finally got to Malaga and it was another 3󠄀-4 hours coach travel to the hotel. We arrived just before 11pm.
The first two days was touring Almeria and getting a feel of the Tabernas basin. There were numerous sites we went to such as Mini Hollywood. This is a semi󠄀-arid location and it was very dry like a scene from a cowboy movie. Then we went to the castle that was involved in an Indiana Jones’ film.
The lecturers loved giving us puzzles to solve (makes us more interactive to win points). It was the same puzzles as my predecessor Geography blogger, Caroline experienced, as she gave you a great detailed blog about her experience in 2015 .
We went to an area called Rambla (River) de los Colectores at Nijar where we calculated the best
sediment yield and landscape denudation of a small river catchment. We sat on an old dam to calculate this.
Coming back to the UK
It was the end of our little mini break away from Leicester and it was time to return back. We left the hotel at 12pm and arrived 3 hours before our flight. It was a long journey back to the UK and once we landed, we felt the cold. We went from a warm sunny weather to the cold and rainy weather.
In the next post I will go on to talk about the experiences of conducting a research project and working in the field. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions as I am more than happy to answer.