Drone flying!


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Today was the first day of my new drone, the Syma X5SC! I have had such fun flying it! It is surprisingly difficult to fly, so I was practicing my control in the back garden, and then earlier this evening, Dad, Grandpa and I went to the local Cricket Field (memories…), and flew it there. It has a camera, hence the photos above and the video below. I am excited to continue to learn to fly it (that sounded so much like Miss Jones) and to take it to Salisbury on Thursday – though perhaps out of reach of Copper, Gran and Pops’ dog!

Here is the video taken:


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There is a great website that I use, called flightdiary. It enables you to add all of your flights that you have ever taken, and it will generate statistics, and a map. But the thing that I find so amazing about it is that all you have to do (normally) is enter the date of the flight, for example 8th July 2016, and the flight number, for example BA1472, and it would be able to automatically enter the info. In this case, it would tell you that the flight was from Heathrow to Glasgow at 7:15 am to 8:40, on an Airbus A321. It is truly amazing! The information it requires you will be able to find in the itinerary email sent by the airline when you booked the flight. Below is the link to my account. When you click it, the page you will be taken to is my profile page. The map has many different routes on it, in different colours. The darker the colour, the more common the route is. If a route is in white, it means that I have told the website that I will be on that flight, but I haven’t been on it yet, for example the line to Prague from Tirana, and  then Prague to Gatwick. However, if you view that site after Monday, all lines will be coloured because I have no upcoming flights entered to the website yet. It probably isn’t as complicated as I’m making it out to be…

Here is the link:


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I’m coming!

On Monday, I will be flying out with Dad to the UK! We fly via Prague to London Gatwick. I fly back by myself, 10 days later. I will be staying with Dad’s parents, but in the middle I will go to Mum’s parents for three days. I am really looking forward to it! The cool weather, the cycle rides, seeing a Tesco’s and a Sainsbury’s, hearing English accents again – I might just go to a supermarket for the sake of hearing the cashier’s accent. Actually, just the sound of a self-service machine would be lovely!

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An Insight into the life of a bachelor…

For the past week, Mum and Amy have been away in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, visiting Mum’s parents. This has left Dad, Rebekah, Sam and me at home by ourselves. It has been very fun! We have gone swimming a lot, and we even went to KFC on Thursday. However, I think the true mark that there were no women in the house (other than Rebekah) was that Dad, Rebekah and I used the same three glasses for almost the whole week! Another such mark is that Dad and I played World of Tanks together every evening, from about 20:00 to 21:30. We had some fairly decent battles together! He is getting better at driving light tanks, however I am still a very poor Tank Destroyer commander. Yesterday, we went swimming in the morning with Murray, and then we went to the Cotters’ house for lunch, before returning home for the rest of the late afternoon and early evening. We picked Mum and Amy up at 20:30, however Sam didn’t come. ‘Twas a brief insight into the life of a bachelor, but one I will never forget…

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I first got into geocaching in April, at the ECM conference. As you can see in one of the pictures below, there were some pretty ingenious hiding places! When I got back to Tirana, I searched for the four that are meant to be hidden in this city, but to no avail. However, on Tuesday, some of the middle schoolers met up for the day to hang out with Miss Knasel, who came for a visit. In the last 20 minutes or so of being together, we suddenly had the idea to go look for one. We found it! It is by the mosque of Ethem Bey, in the centre. No more detail shall be given… A photo of the logbook is included in the slideshow below. This morning, I went out by myself and managed to find one by the pyramid! I was not able to find any of the others that are hidden in  Tirana.

For those interested, the website can be found at This site. Alternatively, you can find an app for it on your phone. There is only one official website, and so all apps will have about the same amount of information, though for some you may have to pay (avoid those ones).

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Activity Week

This is the last week of school, and so it is activity week. It has been so fun! On Monday, we went swimming as a middle school to an amazing place just south of Tirana. They have a wonderful slide, and so much of our time was spent coming up with different ways to slide down it.

On Tuesday, we just hung out at GDQ. We played games outside on the field in the morning, and had an ooblek battle. Ooblek is just cornstartch and water mixed together, but it makes a really strange substance that is liquid, but hardens when you try to punch it, and then liquifies again when you rest your fist on it. We all got really messy! Still, Miss Thomson was standing by with the hose!

Wednesday was water day, and because we are eighth graders, we had the activity at the end when the eighth grade class lies on the grass with bottles on their foreheads, and the other classes try to get water into our bottles by squeezing a sponge over them. As you would think, we all got rather wet! The free-for-all at the end didn’t go as planned, but was still very fun!

Thursday was amazing. We met up at the Stephen Centre in the morning for breakfast, and then the worship team met for practice at the Instituti. After we had practiced, we went for lunch at Big Bites, which is just over the road. When we had eaten, we met up with the rest of middle school at a field in the Blloku. We played football until about 2pm, and then I cycled across town with Miss Leonard back to school. We arrived ahead of everyone, and so I had time to do my end-of-year sentimental walk around the school. After school was over, I stayed behind and sat in the Literacy room, our old homeroom, and just thought – it was fun!

Friday was the Spring Fling. The worship team led…er…worship at the beginning, but other than that, I had no involvement in the program at all. It was nice to have a final day together, especially since I will be going to high school at the end of the summer.

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On Sunday, after church, we went out with the Thompsons to a place called Bunk’Art. It is amazing ! As we drive up the road, on the left there is a small tunnel with Bunk’Art written on the top. When you go through this tunnel, you come out in an car park that seems like it is in the Forest of Dean or something! It was a military installation, but they have converted the old bunker to a museum. We went in, and it was quite scary to see everything underground. Before we went in, we had a picnic, however, I had an allergic reaction triggered by the grass we sat in, and so I didn’t enjoy it quite as much.

Pictured below is the entrance into the bunker itself.


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