Hello and welcome to Another Stepping Stone,

In the Summer of 2014 I finally graduated in Hispanic Studies after four years. Before I started university I took a year out to decide whether or not uni was something for me and tried to figure out what it was that I wanted to do with my life. My indecisiveness lead to many painfully long in the making life choices and it continues to present its problems. Travel however was an exception to the rule.

That year was my year, I needed it. I spent time travelling through central Europe and discovered that I could do just about anything if I put my mind to it. I studied Spanish in Granada, Spain and then worked in a four star hotel in Canyamel, Mallorca. I had the time of my life and came back refreshed, full of confidence and with many stories of my travels. It was then that I took the next step and began my degree. 

Now, with that degree complete, it feels like a lifetime ago that I donned my rucksack and set off for the first time to discover just what is out there in the big, wide, world.

University taught me many things, but mainly that you get out of life what you put in, that hard work and dedication pay off. Even those long nights spent learning countless irregular verb forms, with only the chirping birds outside for company help in the long run.

During my third year, as I had finally gotten comfortable where I was studying, my studies took me to another university in Bilbao, Spain, so once again I was out of my comfort zone and directly in the line for new adventures and experiences, something which both excited and terrified me at the same time.

But now with that year and final year complete, I can reflect on the incredible year I had experiencing a different culture and living my life in the wonderful city of Bilbao. It was an amazing year and one that I’ll never forget.

Finishing uni gave me the next opportunity to travel again which took me to South America, to the beautiful Chile, including Easter Island, Peru and Argentina. I loved every second of the 3 months I was there, the diversity of culture and landscapes that change from North to South. The people and food and the amazing experience of seeing so much. Although I didn’t write about it whilst away, I do hope that I will find the time to share some photos and comments on my experience in South America.

So that’s my story so far of how I’ve gone from the untravelled, scared 18 year old afraid to take that leap of faith to university, to the 20 something year old making the most of travel as and when the opportunity arises. It’s definitely been a journey, but one that I grasped tightly and took every opportunity given to me with both hands. I held on tight and enjoyed the ride.

Now that I’m back to the UK I’m tracking my life as a linguist about to embark on the journey to become a qualified language teacher. I hope to write about various things, mainly the travels that I make but also the food that I love and perhaps the odd post about life as a trainee teacher, one little stepping stone at a time. I hope you stay a while to read what I have to say now.

Thank you for stopping by and I’d love to hear anything you have to say so please feel free to drop me a line at anothersteppingstone@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read and feel that we could maybe work together, I’m always up for new adventures and would jump at the opportunity.

Best Wishes,


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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for stopping by on my blog! I absolutely adore yours! You are doing EXACTLY what it is I want to do after my degree and before. I particularly love the ‘horses’ article, I have been riding since I was ten but this certainly gave me a giggle. Stop by again soon. X

    1. Victoria says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad my post made you laugh. Everyone has the opportunity to travel, it’s just sometimes hard to find the time and money, but so far I’ve managed to do what I want cheaply and squeeze it into the long uni holidays! I hope you get a chance to do some soon. Stop back again soon to read about me not getting back on a horse, but no doubt trying something else new 🙂

  2. dhonour says:

    Hi Victoria–I stopped by to say thank you for choosing to follow Wine and Cheese (Doodles). I truly admire your sense of adventure and your thirst for travel and adventure. I was sorry to read that your time spent in my ‘home’, NYC, wasn’t all it could have been (but you have to promise me you WILL go back), it truly is the city that never sleeps. I will be back to check out more of your adventures for sure! Thanks again. D

    1. Victoria says:

      Hello, you’re welcome, I really enjoy reading your blog as well, it made me smile a lot. My time spent in NYC was a trip that I look back with fondness on but it was more that I was ill that made me leave, not that I didn’t enjoy it. But don’t worry I already have a promise to a friend who lives there that I will return and consider that a promise to you too!I’m still amazed by all the sky scrapers. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 x

  3. I See Bela says:

    Hi, Victoria! You’ve got a nice blog. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. 🙂

    1. Victoria says:

      Thank you, I’ve only been to the U.S once but your blog makes me want to return 🙂

  4. I like your comment ‘you get out what you put in’. It’s so true, simple and to the point. Erasmus sandwich years are very worth while, I did one too in Alcala de Henares. Nice blog 🙂

    1. Victoria says:

      Thank you, you’re right Erasmus years are amazing and such a good learning curve, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. mbc87 says:

    Thanks for following my blog – internaljourneychile! I agree that living abroad and traveling has been a very formative personal experience!

    1. Victoria says:

      You’re welcome, I’m planning a trip to Chile and I’m starting to look where to go. Your blog has been so useful 🙂 I have friends in Valparíso, so I’ll definitely be headed there. Your photos look amazing! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. mbc87 says:

        Great! When you come down this way, let me know!

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