Eureka Springs & Renunions

I'm in the UK!

The last time I blogged (too long ago) I was on my way to a reunion in Americas beautiful backyard.
Well time has passed and it turn out I'm not so good at keeping on top of the blog while gallivanting around the world.
It would seem that keeping your camera battery charged, and taking an external hard drive are pretty fundamental to the whole process - lessons for the next trip!

Luckily I kept writing so I've got a stock pile of travelling adventures I'd really like to share so I've decided to publish them bit by bit. That way I can keep to the usual mix of posts and when I'm feeling nostalgic I can revisit some of my adventures and share them with you.

Today, I'm going to share the next stage of my adventures to move on nicely from my last post and to finish my current travel stint on a high. This was one of the most special and meaningful parts of my American adventures - my Eureka Springs Reunion.

After two weeks of hostel hopping, New York adventures and meetings some of the loveliest travels of all my trip, I jumped on a plane and strode into the unknown on my own for the first time outside Europe. I was so full of emotions - Angst, sadness, nerves, excitement, joy!

I was sad to be leaving New York and all the incredible moments I'd shared with my newly found friends there, but also the excitement of finally reuniting with one of the only true friends I've ever had for the first time after she left Wales almost 4 years ago.

We meet few people in life we can truly rely on throughout it all and Hannah is one of those girls. She's played such a special part of my life and we've shared things I've never shared with anyone before, she's just a beautiful person in and out.

Together, we spent a blissful week. We didn't rise early, we didn't have wild nights, we just were. Seven wonderful days of happiness, togetherness and a special bond that lasts for miles, years and forever.

And if the week wasn't anymore perfect, Hannah lives (and works her cotton socks off) in the beautiful American countryside otherwise known as Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Now you will here plenty of stories about Arkansas, and from my experience I can assure you it's a very different world, but there's something undeniable in the beauty of the scenery, the wildlife and the joys of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve, where I spent my days that will draw my back time and time again.

This was a real shop...the little bunnies roamed around the shop & handed you your change at the till...I'm not even kidding...

The reserve such an incredible place to be, and somewhere I wish I could tell you so much more about! The staff and volunteers there work phenomenally hard to rescue, nourish, nurture, and care for big cats for the rest of their lives. Most of these cats come from places of abuse and neglect and to see the effort and love that goes into giving them a new life moved me to tears.
On top of all that, what more could you ask for than to wake up and fall asleep to the sound of big cats calling out to each other through the's just incredible...

I'm going to miss the country, the cats and my best friend,
but knowing I'll be seeing them again soon I'm also glad to be home.

Travelling the US has opened my mind to the world, but also shown me just how much I also have here at home. I've come back so grateful for everything the UK offers and I'm very thankful for the life I've had. It's been a two month learning curve and I've learnt so so much about myself I was to truly make the most of life.

If you ever get the opportunity to travel it!

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