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Behind the Blogger: My Town and What it Means to Me ~ Part 2

It’s that time again, the time where we can get nosy and find out more about our fellow bloggers! Following on from our two guest bloggers in last weeks post we have two more guest bloggers from Folkestone and Bristol ready to tell you all about their town. Grab that cuppa and settle down to find out more about Emily from Emily Aagaard and Polly from Polly’s Pad.

Emily | Emily Aagaard 

I grew up and live in a town called Folkestone. As with every town, there are pros and cons! But in terms of my own development, I think that growing up in this area definitely had an impact on my appreciation for nature. The town is right by the sea, and also surrounded by hills and countryside, so it’s a perfect combination of natural sights! The area is also home to decent schooling, and I was lucky enough to get a very good education at school (even though I’m not a fan of the way they conduct themselves sometimes!).

There are, of course, limitations to every town, and one of Folkestone’s downfalls is how far removed it is from London and the rest of the country. Being a coastal town, and also technically in the countryside, there are a lot of missed opportunities that you get in larger cities. An example of this is in terms of higher education. While many of my starting opportunities came from Folkestone, much of my adult development happened in Canterbury while I was there for university.

And the two towns are very different! Canterbury is a very historical city, with people everywhere, and really was the site on which my mind was opened up. I’m not planning on staying in Folkestone forever, as I know I would thrive better somewhere bigger and more energetic. But without Folkestone to shape me initially, I’m not sure I would have appreciated Canterbury in the same way that I do now!

Polly | Polly’s Pad

I was recently asked by Sophie from ‘With Every Sunrise’ whether I believed that we are shaped by the city we live in. This was particularly interesting to me as I have lived in the same city for over 40 years, and, as a place with so much history and with myriad opportunities to get involved in activities in a number of fields, it really made me think; how much has ‘Bristol’ made me who I am?

What made this question all the more fascinating was that my Blog is currently focussed on, in essence, my killing time while I wait around for the kids to finish school so I carry out my life plan, which involves me moving to the other side of the world, albeit temporarily, and leaving everything I know. Thinking about how I would answer this question has been a bit of a wakeup call – The time that I am wishing would pass more quickly while I wait until summer 2022 is MY time; why am I willing my life away? It was at that point that I was reminded of a Helen Keller Quote that sits on a shelf my book case:

It is okay to not focus on the future 100 % of the time – in fact it is probably very unhealthy to not spend enough time in ‘the now’ and with that in mind I am taking Sophie’s question as a launchpad to think about what I have, right here, around me now.

I would consider myself fairly Bristolian: I have the stunning accent that makes me sound like a pirate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8uHKCuKk78&t=32s ), I could tell you all about the history of the city, and locate most places on a map. I went to the local University for my Post Grad, I currently work in the centre, right by the river and could walk around the museum blindfolded, I have visited the place that often. Why then, don’t I avail myself to my locality more often? I am literally dreaming of visiting countries all around the world – and intend to live on one of them, when I am already in a tourist destination, which is often lauded as one of Britain’s best cities and tops this list of best places to visit https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/best-places-to-visit-in-england/ and Bath comes in a third, which is my second home, and where I did my Undergrad, and the majority of my teenage drinking!You know what this means? – I am going to need another Bucket List; A Bristol Bucket List. A list of cool local things I need to do locally so that I can stop wistfully whiling away my time, pining about what I want in the future and I can recapture some ‘here and now’ vibes for myself. I already have 2 lists, another isn’t going to hurt! I am going to come up with a list of: activities to attempt, food places to eat at, street art to photograph, independent shops to visit, shows to watch and art to ponder.

There is an official list https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids/youve-done-39-50-things-988200
and I think I have done 30/50 of them, so I think I should be able to come up with a list of 20 or so things to do in Bristol to keep me grounded…for now.

 

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and feel inspired to make the most of where you are now, whether you are planning on staying there or moving in the future. Have a google and see what your town has to offer (that’s what I’m currently doing). Also if you’re a Pokemon Go lover like myself this is a brilliant way to get more stops added to your visited list!

Again, watch this space over the next few days for some more amazing guest posts!

Until next time!

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