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Monday, 12 June 2017

Isle of Man: Travelling Chronicles

During May I was absent for 2 weeks because I had been away from London and in the Isle of Man. That's a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea if you didn't know - do not confuse with the Isle of Wight. I wasn't shipwrecked or banished don't worry, I actually chose to go there for an elective placement in the hospital. I also didn't spin a globe around and go to the first place my finger landed on - I was born here and have family so yes, a holiday disguised as a placement was the perfect plan. 

I elected to have my placement in the Neonatal Unit of the hospital, (these are newborn babies), and as you can imagine such a small island does not have many ill babies that are serious enough to be in hospital but are not serious enough to be transferred across to the amazing medical services in Liverpool. So, there was  total of zero babies my first week so I got to see lots of other pretty cool things including my first C-Section - which is insane by the way. Overall, a fab experience and I couldn't have wished for anything else.

Working in the hospital was great even if a little quiet, but as I was on holiday as well I decided to enjoy it while I could. Here's a compilation of what I got up to..

The Isle of Man has beaches everywhere, so obviously many trips to the beach including ice creams and a lot of wind (being in the middle of the Irish Sea wreaks havoc on your hair). From the North of the island to the South all the beaches are different - sandy, shelly, rocky, seaweed filled, some just plain dangerous with cliff edges and hard slate to comfort your fall.

I mean there are beaches in Britain but these are just better and there's one for each of your moods. I don't tend to go to the beach too often in the UK unless I'm on holiday, I'm more of a forest and trees kinda outdoor person, so the tons of beaches in the IOM felt like a good change. 

Something that myself and my parents always do when we visit the Isle of Man is take the electric mountain railway up to the top of the mountain. It doesn't sound too scary until you realise that the train is 100 years old and the track is on the side of some steep cliffs. There's something inside me that always thinks we are of course going to plummet to the ground - but come on, the train has been going up and down that mountain for a 100 years and so irrational thoughts are not necessary. You can also take horse trams up and down the Promenade in Douglas, however much to our disappoint the horses were taken ill by a virus so we had to scrap that plan until next year. Personally I love the horses because they're called human names like Andrew, Phillip and Charles - maybe they're royals who knows.

One of my favourite places in the entire world is on this island, and that is Glen Maye - there's a waterfall, forest, river, an abundance of rocks and pebbles and finally a gorgeous opening that leads to a secluded beach. We spent this years trip searching for whale vomit, bear with me - it's actually worth a ton of money apparently. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to be rich, but we still have time ha. That's it for the IOM until next year when we return to go the TT - most dangerous motorbike racing the world, bring on June 2018.

Thanks for reading!

Em xx

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  1. Although in hospital kinda quiet, but you've healed a lot of sick people. Now you're sick, so the vacation is a cure. :)

  2. I've never heard of this place, it looks like a fun place to visit!


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