This week I feel as though I am immersed in academia, albeit I am by no means an academic myself. Gerard has recently returned from a two week study stint for his OIV, which is a Master of Science in Wine (he’s so clever, determined and inspiring), when he was in Paris studying – I love Paris and having lived there for a time many years ago I yearned to be there again enjoying the sights, the sounds and smells that are uniquely Parisienne, with my lovely husband, but sadly time did not allow me to be with him this time round as I had a few challenges here to continue to sort through, such as the ongoing legal battle, to divorce ourselves from a disastrous business relationship, staff development and recruitment, following two key members of the team leaving us to re-locate to different parts of the UK and I have also been busily collating and digesting information about AS levels and A levels for Romané, (our son), for when he is ready to have completed his GCSE’s, (this summer) and embark upon his further learning…
I am now absorbing all sorts of finer details about UCAS, what grades are required, what subjects dovetail well with each other, or at least complement one another enough for Universities to look on them favourably as A level choices and then in amongst it all I too returned to Uni, albeit I don’t think I am cut out for a student lifestyle anymore and the volume of study required would definitely stump me as I am just not one for applying myself to studying, much to Gerard’s dismay and Romy’s amusement, especially when I try to be stern, (it never works and neither he nor Gerard take me seriously) and tell him how important studying is.
Anyhow I am rambling and to get back to the point….Following a research project that I was involved with, wearing my Hotel TerraVina “hat”, for over a year in 2013, there is now a 2nd phase, which I am delighted to have been invited to be a part of. It is an interesting and stimulating programme with a mix of x15 business owners, managers and operators of all sorts of businesses associated with Tourism in one way or another- however being on campus, amongst young students makes me realise that it is a very long time since I was in such an environment and how fast paced the technological changes have happened, how students demeanour and attitudes have changed and how so many of the lecturers look very young… but maybe I’m just getting old! I needed a Sat Nav to get around the university it was so huge and spread over what seemed like many miles and navigating the halls to get from one lecture room to another was like being taken along on a wave of fast waking, fast talking students all texting, Googling, Instagramming, You Tubing and Snap Chatting.. I’ve got the lingo just not a fast enough brain or fingers to keep up with it all! To top it all, even the “simple” questions that the research requires was in a language that I didn’t readily recognise and it took me a few minutes to digest and fully understand the words which were very long, intellectual and too complicated to fathom fast.
However, I am looking forward to being part of the project and getting to grips with all the digital advancements – just when I was beginning to feel confident around Twitter and Face Book (sort of) and a bit of an “old hand” at blogging, now I have to embrace still more digital wizardry.
On a gentler note, half term is upon us and with my own gorgeous son off in New York on a drama trip with school and Gerard in Russia, Ukraine Georgia and Kazakhstan, I am at the hotel hearing all about Peppa Pig visits, Exbury Garden adventures and Guided walks in the forest from lovely guests, many of whom are returning yet again for another dose of TerraVina R&R.
If you haven’t looked at our special breaks for a little while do have a peek and be tempted to come and visit soon- we have great breaks, late rates and some super Early Bird offers to lure you back to TerraVina and the forest.
We hope to see you soon
Till next time