Head on over to http://www.nomadchapter.blog to read all about my application to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency and my crazy fundraising effort - trekking across the Cairngorms in the depths of winter to raise money for The Ocean Cleanup My JustGiving page is here There's plenty of material to catch up on … Continue reading Check out the updates 🙂
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 The next chapter begins!
Join me on this next exciting adventure as I apply to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency and train hard for a trip across the Cairngorms in the depths of winter!
For the finale of this amazing journey to Africa, I joined a group and hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing peak in the world. It’s a 5,895m (19,341ft) high dormant volcano that springs up into three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit … Continue reading 20. Trekking to the roof of Africa
My two weeks at APOPO has flown by. Today is my last day and so I'm feeling a little sad but it really has been amazing and I think I've made the most of it. I started today in Lily's office as usual but we had a coffee and actually finally got round to completing … Continue reading 19. Wrapping up my time with APOPO including a Full Cheek Friday Feast
I was tired this morning after waking up to another rainy day. I started off by documenting all of the rats in the breeding kennels (which spelled completion of my Head Office rat audit!) and then I finished up adding the information to the master spreadsheet. Then I interviewed Pendo, a wonderful character at APOPO. … Continue reading 18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data
I am not a morning person, but my 5:50am alarm signalled the start of a great day and I quickly rolled out of bed and made it to the rat dormitories for 6am to see the rats* being loaded on to the rat bus. By 6:20am we hit the trail. *They attain the status HeroRAT … Continue reading 17 Early morning minefield training with the HeroRATs-in-training
I started off this new week at APOPO in Cindy's office, catching up after my first week and also so that I could conduct her interview. It was a really nice one and I find her very down to earth and humble, so it's an honour to have such a brilliant scientist spend her time … Continue reading 16. Starting week two at APOPO making myself useful
I had a little bit of time this morning to type up some more of the interviews I did in Nairobi before heading to the main office and then getting a lift from Kobe to the Apopo Morogoro TB lab. I had a really nice time interviewing Mica over a coffee and muffin and then … Continue reading 15. TB Office and Full Cheek Friday
There was an enormous storm overnight and when I woke up, a tree had fallen over outside my room! There were more cockroaches than usual in my room and I just spotted a large spider walking away outside the room - yay! I have another early start - today I'm going to Morogoro International School … Continue reading 14. APOPO and school visits