Well it seems like a whirlwind farewell to the north and hello to the south as I travel on the train to London! I am sad to be leaving the north and didn’t expect to discover so many interesting things about this part of the world. This trip has taught me a lot about some revolutionary characters such as Edward Carpenter, John Ruskin, the Suffragettes and the Bronte sisters, all of whom I will continue to learn more about. It is fascinating to see where reformers and creators such as these have came form. What inspired them and how their legacy has extended across time and space. After visiting Manchester a couple of times, I think I will miss that place the most. In Manchester I found a city I could possibly live in in Northern England; a city not unlike Melbourne, however having a much richer history architecturally.
I wish everyone well on their onwards travels and was happy to meet everyone and hope to stay in contact with many. I will have some new friends at university to discuss interests that are not simply confined to my area of study. The interactions with students from other disciplines on this trip has positively contributed to my understanding of the north; a place that will continue to spark my curiosity for a long time to come.
- Rose Potter (Bachelor of International Development)