Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been blogging much recently, I’ve been rather busy. Students get 5 weeks off for the Easter holidays at Leicester, and I was away for 12 days skiing in Canada, before my boyfriend surprised me with a 4-day trip to Rome for my 21st birthday.
When in Italy we also took a day trip down to Napoli (Naples) to visit the volcano Vesuvius as well as the ancient city of Pompeii which was famously covered with ash by the volcanic eruption in AD79, thereby preserving it well for future excavations. It was really great being there and learning about the history of the city, and especially great as a geography student to be able to walk up Vesuvius and walk around the edge of the crater, seeing steam come out of the volcano at several points. We don’t really learn about volcanoes at Leicester (apart from a brief encounter with tectonics in the first year module Earth, A Dynamic Planet), as the Geography department has a greater focus on climate science, both in the present and in the quaternary period – but the visit it took me back to my GCSE and A-Level geography days which was nice!
Anyway, now my holidays are over its back to work to try and get my last few pieces of coursework complete before exam revision starts. So apologies again for not blogging much recently, but I will be putting another post up very soon about the first year BSc field trip to Dartmoor which happens every April/Easter holiday. So make sure you check back soon!