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In the Same Boat

In the Same Boat

Everyone expects some hiccups when trying to settle into a new area and time zone, but I didn’t think that I would be so disorientated that I would spend the first three days washing my hair with body wash instead of shampoo. I only realised that there was a problem after my hair literally stuck … Continue reading

Lasting Impression

Lasting Impression

As our first week in Washington DC draws to an end I decide to take the opportunity to take a well earned rest at the pier in Old Town, Alexandria. As I reflect on the first seven days it is impossible to pick one single highlight. I will never forget leaving the airport and within … Continue reading

A Promise Made

A Promise Made

After an action packed week one of WIP I finally have a moment to put my thoughts on paper.  The week was engaging, challenging and inspiring! It is exactly what I expected from WIP. We met many people and received much advice which will no doubt stand to me throughout my life. Events this week … Continue reading

The Sun Sets on Week 1

The Sun Sets on Week 1

The much-anticipated arrival to DC was met with a fantastic host family welcome at the airport.  I was delighted to finally meet Deb and Kurt, who have been so good to me. It was great to land and immediately feel accepted into their home. I’m thrilled to finally be here. The traditional Sunday was met … Continue reading

E pluribus unum – One From Many – Ben English

E pluribus unum – One From Many – Ben English

I don’t know what all the seven wonders of the world are but I know that Capitol Hill certainly is not one of them. At the same time however, I’m bemused as to why Capitol Hill actually isn’t one of them. As we stood there, slowly acclimatizing to the scorching heat, adoring the person who … Continue reading

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”  Nelson Mandela. What a man. By Jonny Elliott WIP 2012

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” Nelson Mandela. What a man. By Jonny Elliott WIP 2012

Back in July 2006, whilst on rugby tour to South Africa I got the chance to visit a small, cramped cell where Nelson Mandela spent eighteen years of his life. Putting politics aside for a moment, it literally blows me away how one man could even survive in this environment, never mind catalyse change in … Continue reading