Our final day in Florida had rapidly approached, after what had been an incredible, memorable and fun packed venture with the most wonderful group of people who I expect to be friends for life.
The experience left me feeling both blessed and hopeful, whilst remaining optimistic for future experiences abroad. I can’t wait to be back in the field! I’ve carefully begun planning my next adventure, so stay tuned…
While the majority of students were spending the remainder of the time at Vester packing the rest of their belongings, a few of us (myself, Annabel, Georgina and Wynn) headed to Lovers Key with the aspirations of gaining a final manatee sighting. We set off quickly and sat comfortably in the spacious minibus as we soon approached our destination.
Approximately ten minutes after stepping out of the bus and perching comfortably at the side of the lake, we had the privilege of spotting two stunning manatees within very close proximity of us. The manatee swam elegantly with her calf beside her making noticeable rippled movements in the surrounding waters.
To our delight, after a mere 10 minutes spent patiently waiting for manatees to swim within a noticeably proximity of us, we encountered the delightful, memorable experience of viewing both a manatee and her cub swimming elegantly within close viewing distance.Our previous manatee sightings were certainly exceptional, however, viewing the endangered species up close was a truly phenomenal experience.
Above photo for reference, not my image. After filling the boot of the minibus with our belongings, we drove to a nearby shopping mall before approaching Southwest Florida International Airport. We stayed at the mall for roughly 2 hours before beginning our 24 hour journey back home to Bangor.The mall was surrounded with stunning fauna species, alongside ducks and large species of koi fishcontentedly inhabiting the surrounding water fountains.
We then drove to Southwest Florida International Airport, proceeding to unload the minibus to make our way into the airport to begin the check in process, ready for our first 3-hour flight to Philadelphia. The flight was speedy, as I wrapped myself comfortably in the blanket provided accompanied by proceeding to watch a collection of inflight movies, including Mamma Mia and Tangled.
After arriving in Philadelphia, we quickly made our way to the gate ready to board our next flight to Manchester. The second flight lasted approximately 9 hours. Then, after arriving in Manchester at roughly 8am, we collected our luggage and approached the coach in preparation for the 2 hour journey to Bangor.