This is how you should live your life. Or at least how I enjoy it.


With the post –exam glory of freedom and relief, whatever do is probably bound to be awesome. But add to it a bunch amazing friends, people who challenge  your way of thinking, some deep conversations, a guitar and a cave and you are on a way to making a memory you will remember on your death bed.

And the cave? It is not just some dump smelly cold bit of rock. Rather the opposite, a gorgeous terrace in the cliff overseeing the English Channel.  You can sit on the edge and think of how long it would take you to free-fall to the sea. It is a feeling of happiness to stare at the reflection of the moon while dangling your legs like a little child. With a cider and some red wine, ­­fire to warm your thoughts and candle lit cave there is no better place to be and no better company to have.

I woke up bright and early, only to discover that in fact it is so early that everyone else is fast asleep and not willing to change that. My mind is still rushing, a state enforced by the exam session. There is no internet connection, no phone signal. I didn’t bring any book with me and there is noone to talk to. I am alone with my thoughs, but haven’t practiced meditation in a while. And there is no better spot for that than a flat rock at the edge off a 17m cliff, in the sunshine, even at 6am.  Two hours later others woke up and we made banana pancakes. Breakfest of gods, I can tell you.

Climbing in Swanage is great, even if a bit polished at times (especially sport climbing). I had a go at a very steep 6b+ and managed to get to the top. Very interesting moves.  DWS in the afternoon sunlight was very picturesque, and Will even managed to fall into the water of the top of the Freeborn Man.

What a great weekend. Slightly sunburn, sore and extremely happy we returned to our lives. Or what in my case was packing for the next great adventure!









About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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