Hi, folks. It's been a long, long time. I'm so sorry I went dark on you—it's a lame cliché, but basically life got in the way. Since I last wrote here (way back in summer 2014!), I:
- Completed my masters in Modern British and European History, with a dissertation on the role of UNESCO in West German educational reform in the 1950s. It was a steep learning experience and my dissertation left a bit to be desired, but I survived it hungry and ready for more.
- Started a PhD at Oxford in History: after my less-than-perfect masters, I took some time to reassess my academic interests and decided to drastically change topics to something that suited me better. Now I'm studying the reception of the Second Vatican Council in the Ugandan Catholic Church in the 1960s and 70s. It's a crazy niche topic, but I've loved every second of it so far!
- Rowed for my university at lightweight and openweight level, culminating in racing in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race in the women's reserve crew this year in front of 250,000 spectators on the Thames in London. My crew unfortunately lost, but it was an experience I'm incredibly thankful to have taken part in and that I'll cherish forever.
- Fell in love with single sculling, ending this season with a win at Henley Women's Regatta with my father there to watch. I haven't had my dad at a competition with me in a long time and it was such a special day; it reminded me of the good old days of going to horse shows together. I know that it will go down as one of my happiest sporting memories of my entire life.
It's been a crazy three years in the UK, often testing, but even more often rewarding and exciting. I still miss home, and horses, and people and things that I left behind, and I still sometimes feel like a horrible outsider here. But I also have wonderful friends and wouldn't trade the experiences I've been fortunate enough to have for anything.
In the next year, I've got a lot of exciting things planned. It's my fieldwork research year for my PhD, which means lots of travel! I'm planning trips to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya, and Uganda. I'm also travelling to Iran with my mother and Chile and Argentina with my entire family on holiday. If all goes well, I should visit five continents!
If you'd like to follow along with my adventures, I've started a newsletter that will go out once monthly. I've decided on this new format over the blog, as I like the immediacy of email and I think it will be easier to communicate directly. I've loved this blog so much, and have been so thankful for everyone who has read and commented, but I think this will be my last post.
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I hope to see you on the other side. In the meantime: so long, and thanks for all the fish.