So I have been having an amazing time Wales exploring all over. I wanted to take a little time to tell you about an amazing class I have the opportunity to take here. It is called Outdoor Pursuits and the name says it all we get to do a bunch of fun outdoor activities.
The first week we did some low ropes course challenges to work on teamwork since we have to work together throughout the entire semester. We also got to go canoeing in the afternoon in the Menai Straight.
During week 2 we went gorge scrambling which is basically making your way through a gorge made in a mountain caused by wear from weather. We got to climb up and slide down waterfalls, jump into waterholes, and rock climb. This has been my favorite activity so far in the course.
I was sick during week 3 and was not able to attend class, but my group went mountain scrambling. This is basically climbing up the side of a mountain. I am sad I had to miss because it looked like they had a lot of fun that day.
In week 4 we went to the indoor rock wall to practice our rock climbing skills to prepare us for outdoor rock climbing. I was very proud of myself during this because I climbed all the way to the top and didn’t allow my fear of heights to hinder me. We also had the opportunity to practice some boulder climbing were you climb up different inclines that are closer to the ground without a harness on. There were mats below us when we fell during this activity to be safe.
Last week which was week 5 we got to go surfing in the Irish Sea. This is the first time I have ever tried surfing and only the second time I have been in salt water. I didn’t get to stand up the board, but most of us were just having fun riding the wave in on out stomachs. It is a lot of hard work surfing and everyone one in our group slept the whole way back to the university afterwards.
Anyone who is considering studying abroad should look at the class options available on the programs that may not be available at their home institutions. I am so glad I chose to take this class it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never regret. Even if it seems scary or odd still try it out. This class has made my study abroad experience 1,000 times more exciting!