Travels with my Portable University
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So I'm sat beneath an olive tree, a shady shelter from the warm Spanish sun. The lapping sound of Lake Zahara mingles with the bee eaters chirping overhead. To hand is a simple picnic of local cured meats and a hunk of rustic bread. Between mouthfuls of chorizo I'm struggling to get my head around Lotka-Volterra equations. Maybe a dip in those cool waters will clear my noodle. Welcome to my study. Well, that's the plan. In March I set off on a cycling adventure that will take me to every one of the fifty capitals of Europe and lots of amazing places in between, a total of around 20,000 miles. I appreciate that this sounds more like a gap year endeavour, but for me this is full-time university education. The next three years – the duration of my ride – will hopefully see me complete two degrees with The Open University, a BSc in Mathematics and a BSc in Physical Science. All studying will be on the road. Well, not on the road itself. That'd be dangerous.
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