This first month of being a Blue Badge tour guide student has been great- I never thought I’d have so much fun studying! We’re only 4 weeks into the course but so far I’ve been enjoying every minute of it- whether’s it’s midweek lectures discussing the incredible diversity of the capital (and that WHARF stands for WareHouse At River Front- awesome!) or Saturdays spent walking the higledy pigledy streets of places like Salisbury and discovering that Stonehenge isn’t just a big pile of stones- although it kind of is.
It’s all been hugely varied and this last Saturday was particularly invigorating as I had to deliver my first attempt behind the microphone in a 5 minute overview of Heaver Castle. Having never visited Heaver (I was back of the queue when the practice talk subjects were handed out) I had to base the talk pretty much entirely on online research (=Wikipedia) so I’m sure the content could have been better. However most importantly I really enjoyed doing it, had a bit of a laugh and even though the microphone was stuck together with blue tack and cutting out now and then, folk were very kind and encouraging about what I had to say.
It’s still early days on the course but it feels like we’ve made a good start and the other students have been great fun to spend time with. To top it all I’m now also the proud owner of a 16-25 student rail pass! Happy days.