I graduated from Manchester University in 1997 after three fantastic years studying Social Anthropology.
After spending a year travelling and working in Australasia I returned to the UK and completed my postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), going on to teach adults with learning disabilities in adult education. I then went on to set up the Learning Support Department at Lancaster Adult College and worked as an advisor in Equality of Opportunity across Lancashire.
My love of travel then took me in a different direction altogether when I packed my bags and left for Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela. I have since set up home in the Picos de Europa mountains in Asturias, northern Spain from where I run my business, Andaspain Walking Adventures, guiding groups on the Camino.
Whilst I don’t work as an anthropologist, my experience at Manchester opened my eyes to different perspectives, ways of life and world views. It enabled me to imagine more possibilities for my life than I had coming from a working class background and state school education in Lancashire. I would recommend it to anyone who is truly interested in people and in broadening their perspectives on life.