It would be an understatement to say this was the journey of a lifetime. It was perfect. Yasmine traveled The United Kingdom: from the polluted air of the big city (and cities all our students came from), to the fresh, pure filtered air of the countryside. From the hustle and bustle, sirens and horns to the serene and tranquil sound of a waterfall. From the modern buildings and man made money making center to the natural and humbled mountains and hill tops. From a taxi ride to a hike in the foothills of the highlands. From the crude, strong and busy Londoners to the gentle and calm of everywhere else.
From the London animals; the graceful police horses, the pretentious dogs, the arrogant cats, the annoying pigeons, the crazy squirrels and the filthy rats…
To the animals of Scotland; the mischievous mutant Haggis (“I’ve never seen a Haggis but I imagine it looks like a cross between a beaver and a seal with longer legs.. Or just a liver with eyes.” - Aya), the hairy cow (“Holy shart..is that a hairy cow? That’s crazy” – Jenna), the mysterious Lockness Monster ((Very Seriously) “Look, I’m only gona be here once and there is something I really want to go see while I’m here. (Long pause).. The Lockness Monster.”) the graceful deer and of course the bloody irritating midges!
To the animals of Wales; the BORING sheep, the ugly cows, the beautiful swans and all those other ones inbetween.
Yasmine has seen many sights around Great Britain that filled her with awe and wonderment, she has smelt many smells that she will never forget, shes driven on roads she may not tread again, but what made her journey complete was the people she met along the way… Her students who loved her. The girls would fight for shotgun and boys beg to drive her. The teachers would look in wander, and question her safety but would secretly want a ride. Her leaders would fill her up with boxes, make her heavy but she didn’t mind. Her helpers she met in different places along the way would look at her with puzzled eyes “Look at that rusty truck” a 5-year old boy of Eton would shout. And finally her pilots, they looked after and kept her company the entire journey.
It’s been emotional for all. It was sad to say goodbye to all those she met in every corner of the UK and those special students who traveled from far to meet her. She is sad to see the end of the road for now, but knows it won’t be long before she steps out again and explores the world.
Until next time.. From Yasmine and Pilots with Love.
Over and out..