Combining my love of learning with a desire to rediscover the South West of England, I made a sudden and unexpected decision last month – to apply for a masters degree based in Falmouth, Cornwall; a 5 hour drive from where I am now, with a one year commitment to study.
I was accepted onto the course and headed down to Falmouth to find a house for September.
I’ve only been to Falmouth once before. I was a teenager on a family holiday at the time and probably didn’t appreciate all that was around me. I do however remember being inspired by the view out of our villa of a whole host of boats moored in the estuary. Seaside holidays often did that to me – made me want to paint or create something.
When I revisited recently I was not disappointed. In fact, I was thrilled. I was greeted by blazing sunshine and discovered beaches and a coastal path we hadn’t found the first time around. It’s a university town – Falmouth University has a campus in town and Falmouth and Exeter Uni share a campus in the neighbouring town, so it has a young and friendly vibe everywhere you go.
I gorged myself on cream teas and fresh seafood caught locally – one meal was a gigantic crab that took me ages to eat, and my favourite was a kilo of moules mariniere – mussels in a white wine and cream sauce, in a restaurant overlooking the bay.
I absolutely can’t wait to start the course and live by the sea, and it will be a fantastic base from which to travel around Cornwall for the year.