A blog post I never posted… Enjoy!
I flew into London from Italy on the 30th of July. I met up with a friend from high school whom I have not seen since then. He had offered a couch and to take me around town. He even picked me up from the airport! I had about a day and a half of sightseeing to do and he was extremely patient and up to pretty much any adventure. There were a few minor setbacks though.
When I got into London, the UK border was INSANE. I had not realized that it was a Friday and the start of a lot of people on holiday. I spent an hour and a half at the border in the airport and got waived on through in 2 minutes. That was the first setback. The second was when after we had drove for about 40 minutes, dropped off the car at a lot and started walking across the London Bridge and towards the bus. Suddenly, I was feeling very ill. Like, shaking, clammy and just yucky. My friend was nice enough to ditch the sightseeing and go back to his flat and have ice cream and watch Black Mirror. We spent the rest of the next day sightseeing. I found Paddington Bear, yay! And was super impressed by Big Ben. I need more time in London next time.
I finally flew into Inverness, Scotland late that night and started my journey in the chilly weather of the northern Highlands.
The first week on the farm was amazing. The family that is taking care of me and the other Workawayer, are incredibly amazing people. Laid back, hardworking and great chefs! The first week, I have: Fed the piggies every morning, picked elderflowers for a homemade cordial, packed and processed farm fresh produce to sell at the market, worked the local farmers market, cut some cucumber chutes, picked strawberries and planted herbs and vegetables. I’ve also had time to check out a local town called Cromarty, hike, see a castle and have a movie night in with the family.
My favorite parts about this place are having my own caravan to live in. It’s cozy, it’s my own space and I have plenty of farm fresh food. I also love the piggies. They’re like muscly dogs and they love to be pet and scratched. They are a bit scary though when they are hungry, they are quite ravenous, but the reality is they won’t hurt you.
However, I heard that if treated badly and inhumanely, they will devour you. Bone and all. So be weary of pig farmers that don’t treat their piggies well and have them stay in tiny pens. 😉