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Newcastle 365 Weeks 44 and 45: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s–actually, it IS a plane…

I have been looking forward to the past two weekends for months now, and they definitely didn’t disappoint.

Week 44

First was the Convention of the North 2, a conference for YSAs from across the British Isles hosted by the Sunderland stake. We have been planning it for months, so it was fun to see it all come to fruition. We had a carnival themed dance, party bus, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, archery, a cooking class, paintballing, a service project, a devotional with a General Authority, a beach party with delicious “mocktails”, and a fantastic set of workshops on Sunday. I didn’t meet many new people, but I had a lot of fun regardless and came home feeling uplifted and inspired.

Week 45

Next was the Sunderland International Airshow. I love planes and helicopters, and it was a lot of fun to see so many of them. There were trick planes, the best paratrooping unit in the world, military jets, and planes that spewed fireworks as they flew past! They even staged a beach invasion to demonstrate how the Royal Marines would take back British shoreline that had been captured by renegades. There were explosions and gunfire and helicopters dropping soldiers on the beach, and it was all very exciting. I’ve got lots of pictures to share soon!

With only a few weeks left before my time here is finished, I’m going to make the most of it. I have a to do list of things I want to see before I leave. Just gotta get that dissertation finished and then I’ll have more time to play before I have to go back to the real world.

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Jess Friedman
Jess is a Canadian-American who’s always ready for the next adventure. She loves all things living, always has a million creative projects in progress, and polishes her nerd badge daily. She is passionate about helping families make and preserve treasured memories that strengthen bonds across generations. You can read more posts by Jess here.

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