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Florida: Day nine and ten 🇱🇷

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… Continue reading Florida: Day nine and ten 🇱🇷

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Florida: Day eight 🇺🇸

The sun was gleaming down on what was set to be the hottest day we had encountered throughout the duration of the Florida trip. I was still suffering the (often confusing) effects of jet lag gained from both a combination of travelling and a significant different in time zones between The US and The UK.… Continue reading Florida: Day eight 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day seven: Part two 🇺🇸

After the talk we received from Jerry, we were quickly divided into two groups after stepping outside to enable us to carry out two different activities throughout the refuge. This allowed us to smoothly alternate between the activities we were occupying at the time. I noticed various resources during my visit at the reserve, even… Continue reading Florida – Day seven: Part two 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day seven: Part one 🇺🇸

We arrived at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a non profitable organisation located in South-West Florida, at 8:15am. After an hours drive was required to reach our destination. The Wildlife Refuge is located on Sanibel Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, Southwestern Florida and is compromised of 6400 acres. We are a nonprofit that financially… Continue reading Florida – Day seven: Part one 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day Six 🇺🇸

Florida Golf Coast University partners with my University in The UK. (Bangor University). Today, we visited and had a tour of their mesmerising campus, which seemed to be a completely different world to the small Welsh town we were all accustomed to. Arriving at approximately 9am, we were all soon astounded when we viewed the… Continue reading Florida – Day Six 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day Five 🇺🇸

Our fifth day in Florida was spent in Naples, where we experienced the exciting privilege of visiting the FCGU (Florida Golf Coast University) research centre, visiting the majestic, stunning botanical gardens and driving our way to The Everglades. We first stopped at the research centre. Listening to three different, informative, talks about different kinds of… Continue reading Florida – Day Five 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day Four 🇺🇸

Beginning the day at 7:45am, we embarked on a 45 minute drive to Corkscrew Swamp, listening to our new favourite American radio station (Bob.fm) along the way, excited to find a range of animal species and to gain a further insight into the work carried out throughout the popular attraction. Arriving at the swamp, we… Continue reading Florida – Day Four 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day Three 🇺🇸

Today, we ventured out at 8:45am, filling our backpacks with cameras, swimwear, binoculars and (of course) plenty of water, amongst other zoologist necessities. Essential in the dazzling 40°c heat! The day was spent at Lovers Key, a barrier island consisting of three islands (Lovers Key, Inner Island and Black Island) - approximately a ten minute,… Continue reading Florida – Day Three 🇺🇸

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Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸

BAREFOOT BEACH RESERVE Following a well needed sleep after a lengthy (though enjoyable) travelling period, we were ready to embrace our first full day in Florida, whilst fending off jet lag! Meeting at 8am, lathered in sun cream and covered in protective gear, filling two buses we eagerly headed off to The Barefoot Beach Reserve.… Continue reading Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸

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Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸

Arriving at the meeting point following an agonising wait for the day to arrive, it was finally time to head to Florida, ready to engage in an incredible field course, offering new experiences and unforgettable memories. With it also being my first time in The US! 6am sharp, we were packed up and rearing to… Continue reading Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸