This section of my blog is devoted to my recent trip to Millport, Scotland on the Isle of Cumbrae. I'll be documenting some of the time I spent there researching marine mammals through a course at the Field Studies Council in Millport, in partnership with my professor, Dr. Chris Parsons. I have high expectations, but most of all I'm nervous. Science communication is an incredible field, but it can be daunting for a communication student to dabble in the science world. I hope that this week I can build my confidence both in science and in how I communicate the science I do this week.
My journey started on Saturday, June 30th, 2018. My flight was delayed several hours, and by the time I got to my seat I was exhausted. The next 8 hours consisted of several 20 minute naps before finally landing in London to board my second flight of the day. Having a serious time delay, I missed my flight and was stranded in Heathrow until they could put me on another flight. Luckily, another American student happened to also miss his flight, and we were able to grab lunch together before getting on a flight to Glasgow. The running through the airport part of our trip was over, but the stress was not.
To get to the Field Studies Council, we had to get off the plane at Glasgow, take a taxi to the train station that would take us to Largs, then take a ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae, where we'd take a bus to Millport. The ferry closed at 8:00pm, we got off our plane at 5:55pm.
Knowing we didn't have much time, we booked it to a taxi and paid more money to get to the ferry as quickly as possible. We made it just in time for the ferry to Millport and arrived at the center with time to play icebreakers with our Glasgow and Sterling counterparts.
Immediately afterward it was time to grab dinner and then head to bed before our 7:45am breakfast the next morning.